Call us old fashioned but it’s taking a hot second to wrap our minds around the newest service headed for Toronto: paid cuddling.
Last week we saw a CBC story talking about Cuddlery, a Vancouver company offering cuddle services. They’re headed to Toronto and Edmonton. Unlike Cuddlr, the Tinder-esque app where people cuddle each other for free, Cuddlery sources pro cuddlers to those willing to pay $35-260 for a good spoon.
For us it begs a question – are we as a society so lost behind our computer and phone screens we can’t seek and enjoy real intimacy, as in IRL relationships? Are we too impatient and accustomed to instant gratification to find a suitable relationship or cuddle buddy? And if so, is this the way of the future? We know the motivation behind such apps and services is a platonic cuddle so we’re not talking about getting frisky either.
But should we just identify what human needs we require in the moment, have them met paying whatever fee necessary and move on? Maybe younger counterparts aren’t stopping to question these services. We’d argue they should.
We’re open minded and willing to try something new, but there’s something unsettling about needing an unorganic service like this.
Is the idea of cuddles on demand tempting? Certainly. Have a rough day, order your cuddle, get the rules, enjoy your $35-$260 guilt free cuddle. If you can get over the strangeness of the scenario of course. The real question is: will you do it?