Alt News November 7, 2012
This Lady Gets Paid $60 An Hour To Hug And Take Naps With People


Do you ever feel like people are losing their connection with one another?

More and more often, we interact through screens, using social media to connect with other people, sending a text instead of having a conversation, and losing the immediacy and closeness of two people beside each other.

Well, this story seems to suggest that some people feel their lives are missing that sense of closeness.

But maybe it also shows that they want to reconnect with another human being - even if they have to pay for the privilege.

Jackie Samuel gets paid $60 an hour to snuggle with people.


The Rochester, New York resident started a business called 'The Snuggery' to help pay for her studies and provide for her young son.

Clients come to her home for an hour-long cuddling session, which is exactly what it sounds like: Samuel snuggles up with the subject in bed or on a couch.


Not everyone likes the idea of people paying for this kind of physical closeness. Since starting the business, Samuel says her college has threatened to expel her and she's been attacked via email and called a prostitute.


Samuel says cuddling is not about sex, but relaxation and physical comfort.

"You feel more calm for days afterward," she told ABC. "It has numerous health benefits."

She says her clients come to her for various reasons: "Some of my older clients, their wives have passed away, and they just need someone to be with, like someone to experience touch with.


"Some of the younger clients are between relationships, some are in problematic relationships, and some people are just really curious and they come to just find out what it's going to be like."

Not all of Samuel's clients are men - she has also snuggled with a few women since she started the business.


The business seems to be successful: Samuel has already hired another employee named Colleen. So far the new hire hasn't done any solo snuggling, but she and Samuel have engaged in a "double cuddle."

Of course, Samuel is not the first person to try out cuddling with strangers - or even the first person to make a business out of it. In fact, organized "cuddle parties" have been around since 2004 or so.

Check out this 2009 video from 'Current' investigating what the cuddle party phenomenon is all about through the eyes of a first-timer visiting a cuddle party

So what do you think? Are you into the idea of a snuggling business? Is this evidence that we're losing touch with each other? Let us know in the poll below.


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