New York-Based Company Offers Snuggling For $60 Per Hour

In our cold, digital, compartmentalized world, is a lack of platonic physical contact with other humans causing us to wither like plants denied sunlight?

Jackie Samuels, a 29-year-old New Yorker working towards her masters degree in social work, charges clients $60 for an hour-long session of explicitly non-sexual snuggling. The venture is apparently going quite well, and it seems to reflect both the widespread wish for non-virtual connection and the continuing monetization of everything. (Will warm smiles soon be sold on subway platforms for ten cents?)

Samuels concocted the idea after an experiment in selling hugs on the street for a dollar proved wildly successful. Her website, called the The Snuggery, explains:

“Jacqueline established The Snuggery because she believes in the healing power of touch. The Snuggery is a place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of life and focus on the simple restorative pleasure of touch. Though science has unquestionably supported the psychological and physical benefits of non-sexual touch, Americans distinctly lack it. It’s time for change. At The Snuggery, Jacqueline provides individuals with private snuggling sessions. She aims to make the world a gentler place, one snuggle at a time.”

24 Comments on "New York-Based Company Offers Snuggling For $60 Per Hour"

  1. Anarchy Pony | Jul 16, 2012 at 3:01 pm |

    This is really depressing…

  2. No sex?

    Just cuddling?

    For 60 bucks an hour?

    Sounds a lot like marriage, but cheaper and more convenient.

    • Calypso_1 | Jul 16, 2012 at 3:55 pm |

      ..but is paying for a bit of strange cuddle cheating?

      • Then what about massage therapy? It’s sort of arousing in a non-cheating way as is getting a wash and haircut. The head massage through a couple of washes and a conditioning is very stimulating. I think it’s a great idea. It might not seem as such for those with someone in their lives but it seems like a peaceful way to add something that’s missing from our lives. How much is dinner and a movie these days? $60 an hour doesn’t seem like much. If every curious person tired this once, Jackie would do okay for herself. I’d try it if I were in New York. 

  3. Who would pay for snuggling? Weird?!

  4. This is more of a story about a down housing market, and a lack of marketable skills that, from what I heard from her own voice, fills the needs of  a handful of clients. She herself may not see it, but her request of some sort of licensing could perhaps lead us to the next “massage” parlor stereotype. 

  5. DeepCough | Jul 16, 2012 at 11:16 pm |

    Abstinence-only prostitution.

    • Anarchy Pony | Jul 16, 2012 at 11:36 pm |

      Good song title.

      • DeepCough | Jul 17, 2012 at 2:52 am |

        You say you wanna
        hold me,
        you wanna comfort
        For small fee, you’ll be
        my very own snuggle

        But you’ll never, ever, ever
        ever, ever, wanna
        fuck me?!

        FUCK YOU
        FUCK THIS
        BULL SHIT!

        Why would anyone
        wanna spend any money
        on a lame prostitute
        who practices abstinence-

        For 60 bucks an hour
        I could get the best
        crackwhore on the street.
        Why would I choose this
        when I can stay at home
        and beat my meat
        for FREE!

        Fuck everyone at
        the goddamned Snuggery!
        (Oh, wait, that’s not
        very likely.)

  6. If you would like a hug from me, just ask.

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