In need of a cuddle buddy? Well now there’s an app for that...seriously.
Cuddlr, which launched early September, allows users to find strangers who are able to fulfill their cuddle needs.
Unlike other apps like Tinder, Cuddlr is a sex-free tool for those seeking someone nearby to hug or caress. While it may sound creepy at first glance, Cuddlr founder Charlie Williams assures users or potential users that it’s designed for safe, fun cuddling.
“On Cuddlr, you get together straightaway, have a little cuddle, and then part ways,” Williams told one newspaper. “If you want to hang out again, you can exchange information then and there --but you already know what kind of cuddles they give.”
Once a user sees someone they’re interested in cuddling with, they may send a request. That user then has 15 minutes to respond. If the addressee accepts the request, they are then prompted to write a short message to arrange a time and place. After the session has been completed, each user can rate the other person’s cuddle skills with “awesome,” “good” or “OK.”
Users also have the option to make a complaint about the person they met up with; for example, if it was deemed inappropriate. The review will later appear on the user’s profile so others can avoid those with a bad rap sheet--or in other words it allows you to keep the creeps away.
To avoid any issues of safety, Williams suggests that users meet up in public places rather than in private.
“It is possible to report someone who cuddles inappropriately, and we encourage first-time pairs to do their cuddling in a public place.”
Cuddlr is currently available on iTunes.
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