Oddly, I wasn't aware that this service had been monetized, even though I sometimes joke about being "paid" for providing it. I guess I could see it coming when I met a couple young GFE (girlfriend experience) escorts 5 or 6 years ago. It really is true that sometimes men pay for sex when what they want from a female is a social companion, cuddle-buddy or empathetic-listener/therapist. This is especially true of middle-aged men in recovery from the trauma of divorce. My going rate for 2 hours of empathetic-listening and a bit of IMHO quite good advice is dinner at my favorite Thai restaurant followed by French Vietnamese Au Lait. So, CLEARLY, just as with my choice to teach the refugee, inner-city project children, I consider this work to also count towards my overall community/social service hours-lol.
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Anyways, in my experience, although it is true that there is a minority of single people who chronically have difficulty with getting their touch need met (maybe 10% population?), the majority of touch deprived adults are individuals who are stuck in bad/dead marriages (maybe 20% population?) Also, human beings do vary in their desire/craving for touch, their tendency to get "touched out", and their resilience to hang happy with or without it to some extent. IOW, as an individual you can choose to work on increasing both your ability to self-comfort AND also your ability to reduce your tendency towards getting "touched out" or repulsing of physical contact from others(s)) due to stress/anger/fear-leading-to-rigid-boundary-formation. One of the most frequent sort of crises in long-term relationships results when one partner is not getting something he/she needs(such as empathetic listening), so then unconsciously shuts down to what their partner needs (such as physical touch), this gridlock may go on for years until one partner chooses to get need met from third party, and then suddenly it's like a dam bursts or a pendulum starts to swing wildly.
I sometimes find "cat" or "reptilian" types sexually and/or intellectually attractive, but I generally only last around 6 months without wanting to be with somebody who is more cuddly, so I wouldn't choose to enter into long-term monogamous contract with one of these types. Of course, I can only last around 6 weeks with somebody who is cuddly, but not sexual,so...? In fact, one of the reasons I attempted the practice of polyamory was so that I could find more ideal partners for the 4 aspects of relationship described in "Designer Relationships: A Guide to Happy Monogamy, Positive Polyamory, and Optimistic Open Relationships." as Sexual, Emotional, Social and Practical. It seems to me that it would make best sense to have your primary partner be your cuddle-buddy, if you are more "dog" than "snake", since that is the partner you would likely sleep with most nights. Of course, some people who are "dogs" are okay with actually having a dog for a cuddle-buddy. I am outer-spoon and inner-spoon cuddly, so I liked sleeping with my babies too.