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.”

  • Anarchy Pony

    This is really depressing…

    • Jin The Ninja

       i mean i must be old fashioned, but don’t people use anime body pillows anymore?!?!

      • Anarchy Pony
      • Calypso_1

        I’d have thought that the Japanese would have given us cuddle bots by now.

        • Zenc

          You’d think so, but instead they seem to have simply turned their women into Cuddlebots as the “numbers” indicate that they’re not doing much actual breeding with them.

        • Jin The Ninja

          i’d totally buy a little robo friend.

      • M.

        My friend has a Konata pillow.

        However, its more that Konata is actually fairly similar to her personality wise.

        • Jin The Ninja

          that i can appreciate. i’ve always held 2-3 anime/manga characters as close to my identity.

          • M.

            It would just feel wrong cuddling up to Batou. I can’t do it.

          • Jin The Ninja

            lol! i’d just position him somewhere nearby to watch out for runaway cyborgs. keep things in check.

      • JaceD

        I’d love to snuggle up to a Ryuk pillow, his eyes are so dreamy…

        • Jin The Ninja


    • MadHierophant

      Yes. Yes it is. 

      I wish I had thought of it.

  • Zenc

    No sex?

    Just cuddling?

    For 60 bucks an hour?

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

    • Calypso_1

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

      • Lawrence Thomas

        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. 

  • jerome wallace

    Who would pay for snuggling? Weird?!

    • Whatuppdub

       A subset of the people who pay for massages, no doubt…

  • Heath

    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. 

  • DeepCough

    Abstinence-only prostitution.

    • Anarchy Pony

      Good song title.

      • DeepCough

        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.)

        • Heath

          but..but.this two bedroom cottage is perfect for you..

  • Dueyv9

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