Yes, professional cuddlers. People who snuggle with perfect strangers for money. It’s like a massage or a therapy session.
Or maybe it’s like prostitution, except, you know…platonic.
Yes, I know this sounds almost unbelievable, but the Sunday Morning Show ran a story last weekend about just such a phenomenon. I would not have believed it if I had not seen it. You can check it out for yourself if you do not believe me. People spend up to 120 dollars for an hour or so of snuggling. It might start with a standing hug. Then a hug lingers into an embrace. Then it moves to the couch or a bed. But nothing sexual. Just prolonged human touch. Even Mo Rocca who was doing the report seemed incredulous.
And by the laws of supply and demand, since there is a supply of professional cuddlers, then there is some contingent of customers demanding professional cuddling.
And on this day, just before the national celebration of love, what does it say about us that professional snuggling is a thing in today’s America?