About Cuddle Comfort
More than 400,000 people from the United States and around the world use Cuddle Comfort. We created a platform so you can get a cuddle, whenever you want one, at no cost.
We help you create friendships based on cuddling that are pressure free and with no expectation
of something more.
Cuddle Comfort started in 2011 with the goal of bringing physical affection to more people without the romantic prerequisites.
The cuddle movement is now thriving, and as the pioneers of online cuddling, we're proud to have been a part of its conception.
Why It Matters
Cuddling plays such an important role in our well-being – it's a natural antidepressant, relieves anxiety, and strengthens our immune system. The problem is we're not getting enough of it. A major hurdle is that we typically need to be in a relationship first to be afforded the opportunity to cuddle.
The greater challenge is that we live in a world focused on social media, and time spent interacting face-to-face has fallen dramatically as a result. That wouldn't really matter if it weren't for the fact that we have an innate need for physical affection, and an absence of that causes tangible harm to our well-being. We're tackling this head-on with our own version of social networking, one with the sole purpose of encouraging human touch and improving your health.
Why It Works Online
Proposing a cuddle-based friendship in person makes sense but is socially impractical. Typically you're restricted to approaching people you already know, which leads to a rational fear that your offer could be misinterpreted as a romantic proposition.
The beauty of Cuddle Comfort is that it allows people to come to these arrangements with no hassle or potential damage to existing friendships. Instead, we give you the chance to create new friendships where everyone knows the score.
Here at Cuddle Comfort we've noticed a few common scenarios that led people to join our cuddle community.
Have you ever had a difficult break-up? It often leaves you craving affection and intimacy. We believe that one significant element of this heartbreak is oxytocin withdrawal. Oxytocin, also known as the 'cuddle hormone', is a hormone released into the body that creates a natural high – its release is triggered by tender touch. If you've been enjoying a close long-term relationship with someone, your body comes to expect its regular dose of oxytocin.
When a break-up occurs, that frequent oxytocin release comes to a halt. Depending on how affectionate your relationship was, this can cause a serious shock to your system. Oxytocin withdrawal increases the feeling of post break-up loneliness and leaves you feeling desperate for that missing warmth. It's this emotional impact that can lead to unhealthy rebound relationships as one urgently tries to fill the void.
We've noticed that many people who've recently suffered a break-up or divorce want to sign up to Cuddle Comfort to help deal with that sudden lack of oxytocin. Our platform and community provides support for this situation whilst simultaneously preventing unhealthy rebound relationships.
We were initially surprised to see people in relationships join our community. We then discovered that many of these members had jobs requiring frequent travelling around the country. This meant that they were geographically prevented from getting the required affection and intimacy from their partner. Our website has given these people the tools to contact cuddle buddies in the regions in which they are intending to travel so they can organize a cuddle while they're there.
Many people join Cuddle Comfort because they are not interested in having a relationship. These people have consciously chosen to live the single life while it suits their lifestyle – but that hasn't changed their innate need for affection.