Feeling like you don't get enough human-to-human contact? You're in luck, a new app launched last week that connects strangers with others who are looking just to cuddle.
The app, Cuddlr, encourages no further expectations for anything more than a platonic cuddle and was fouded by Charlie Williams.
Cuddlr shows users potential cuddle buddies that are in walking distance. Names, pictures and numbers of the users are displayed. The number of total upvotes and downvotes are shown as well, since users rate their cuddle session after the experience. Gender and age remains unknown.
To register for Cuddlr, users must have a Facebook account. Your Facebook photo is used as the photo shown to other users. Users tap on the photo of the desired match, and a cuddle request is sent. The requested user has 15 minutes to accept the invitation. If the connection is made, the user can send the cuddle partner a message and track their location on a map to meet up.
But what happens after that in-person connection is up to you. Suggestions on where to create a friendly connection include going to the park or window shopping. Hugs are also encouraged. "Unlike some other apps, Cuddlr is strictly about PG-rated experiences. Keep the cuddle a cuddle!" the app's introduction reads.
Guidelines are provided to help users avoid uncomfortable situations and remain safe when meeting strangers. Users should ask "nicely, and be prepared to take either 'yes' or 'no' as an answer."
The app not only connects cuddle lovers, but also is an attempt to complicate our ideas about physical touch. In our culture, a stranger's touch might makes us feel uncomfortable, whereas in other cultures it is socially acceptable for straight men to hold hands.
Williams says the app could help people become more comfortable and may even help reverse homophobic trends.