Curious About Swinging? These facts may surprise you!
THREE’S A CROWD, FOUR IS IDEAL: Swinging is non-monogamous sexual activity that is typically experienced as a couple. Known as “wife-swapping” during the fifties, the sexist term has been dropped with “swinging” defining couples who mutually agree to allow partners to experience sex outside the marriage.
PERMISSION SLIPS REQUIRED: Swinging requires mutual partner consent and communication. Unlike cheating, swinging partners do not hide their sexual desires or need for sexual variety.
I’D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SWING: Various reports have estimated there are more than 50 million peopleworldwide currently active in the swinging lifestyle. Adult Friend Finder, the largest swinger dating site on the internet, has 27 million members and signs up more than 20,000 new members every day!
SO HAPPY TOGETHER: 89.4% of swingers are married or in a committed relationship. 78.5% claimed they were “very happy” compared to 64% of the general population.
THE THRILL OF IT ALL: A whopping 75.9% of swingers say “life is exciting!” compared to just 45.7% of the general population.
DIRTY THIRTIES: Studies show that the average age when females begin swinging is 31.4 while males start at 35.2 years of age.
OMG! 72.1% of swingers are members of a church, synagogue, mosque, or temple, compared to 61% of the general population.
NO WIFE LEFT BEHIND: According to a book titled The Lifestyle: a look at theerotic rites of swingers by Terry Gould, swinging may have been common among American Air Force pilots and their wives during World War II. Because the mortality rate of pilots was extremely high, a close bond arose among some pilots that implied husbands would care for all the wives as their own—emotionally and sexually—if the husbands were away or lost.
COFFEE, TEA OR ME? Historical records show that some Inuits, Aleuts, and Eskimos practiced “wife borrowing.” The courtesy was extended for a man visiting or traveling without his wife, with the understanding that he would make his own wife sexually available to the host in the future whenever the host returned the visit.
YOU’LL FIND THEM IN THE CLUB: It is estimated that there are over 3,000 swingers lifestyle clubs in North America.
Sources: Kasidie Magazine, Bergstrand and Williams (2000)