by on April 8, 2019


Is Swinging Still Popular?


The swinging lifestyle has been around for centuries in various forms, but it is only in the past fifty or so years that it has become a popular part of life for many people. The short, quick answer to this articles headline is…….yes, it is still popular. Fact is it is probably more popular and bigger part of the American landscape now than it was in the 60’s and 70’s. As someone who has been part of it since 1981, I have seen the popularity grow and in the last ten years the majority of people coming into the swinging lifestyle are mainly in their forties, fifties, sixties and beyond!

There are several reasons why the popularity today and the older age group, first and foremost technology. Back in the 60’s and through the 80’s there was no internet, no Wifi, swinger sites, adult sites, books, seminars, etc. All there was were a few “swinger” type magazines that had personal ads, with and without photos. The only way to meet prospective couples or singles was by sending a letter through the magazine for a small fee (usually $1 per letter), to the advertiser’s code number. Then the magazine would forward those letters to the person advertising. A long drawn out process, but that was how it was done back then. There were also a few “off premise” swing clubs scattered here and there around the country where you could meet other like minded couples. However, these were social gatherings with adult themes, but no sexual activity taking place. So you either went to a nearby hotel, back to a couple’s home or made arrangements to meet at another time. Of course there were the big, expensive swinger clubs like Plato’s Retreat in New York City.


Another reason for this move towards older, more mature couples coming into the lifestyle today is relatively simple. They are now empty nesters, many retired and feel it is their time to enjoy life in a much different and fun way. They have torn away the shackles of prudishness and decided to live out fantasies many of them have held onto for years. Being older and able to explore this way of life with their new found freedom is what has driven so many older couples into the lifestyle with resounding success.

With today’s technology you can hook up with someone and find out about someone almost instantly via the internet and e-mails, rather than the several weeks it used to take. On the internet there are literally hundreds of swinger’s clubs and sites you can find. There are swingers clubs located in every one of the fifty states. Here in Florida there are well over a dozen different ones and at least four or five right in the Tampa Bay area. There are also yearly swinger conventions in Texas, New Orleans, Las Vegas and elsewhere that draw many hundreds of couples of every age, profession and economic status. There are the swinger getaways like Hedonism in the Caribbean where swingers from all over the world converge. Taking it one step further there a number of companies that specialize in lifestyle getaways aboard some of the top cruise lines in the industry. It is estimated through various surveys from groups like NASCA International that about 3 million people in the United States alone are involved in the swinging lifestyle in some capacity. For all you know, your next door neighbors could be in the lifestyle or people you deal with in your everyday life. Swingers are the perfect example of “Never judge a book by its cover.” They come from all walks of life, they are every age, they are tall, they are short, they are fit, they are a little overweight, they very attractive, they are just average. Simply put, people in the lifestyle could be anybody and you would never know.


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