The swing lifestyle is a non-monogamous lifestyle in which sexual activity is deemed to be recreational or social. Swingers may be single or in committed relationships while engaging with other people sexually. This is considered a type of non-monogamy or open relationship. A 2018 study found that 2.35% of Americans identified as swingers and 4.76% had identified as swingers at some point in their lives.
Swinging is believed to have originated during World War II, although documentation of this is slim. Its rise has also been attributed to the Free Love movement of the 1960s.
Swingers can meet and hook up with each other a few different ways, including in private home settings, at swingers’ clubs and events, and at swingers’ retreats.
Swinging may also be called wife swapping, husband swapping or partner swapping. It may also be spelled “swinglifestyle.”
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The swing lifestyle isn’t for everyone, but research has pointed to it correlating with happier marriages and life satisfaction for some who partake.
Swinging within a committed relationship requires good communication, a respect for each partner’s boundaries and an openness to pushing ones own limits. If you or your partner are interested in becoming swingers, a good idea is to first do your research on the subject. It’s also important that both partners are 100% on board with the idea of swinging and willing to address whatever that brings up in the relationship. If either partner is naturally jealous or insecure to start with, there’s a good chance that that the swinger lifestyle will be very difficult.
Swinger parties are typically a very integral part of the swing lifestyle. These parties can be formal gatherings of several couples or intimate get-togethers with just a handful of couples. Other social events geared toward swingers are also becoming popular. These events include swinger conventions, cruises and vacations.