Is Cuckolding the new swinging?


A few months ago, I bloggED about a New Study showing thatAmerican interest in conSensual Non-monogamy (CNM) is on The rise. In this Study, social psychologist Amy Moors Analyzed Google search Trends in The United States between 2006 and 2015 and found that searches For terms related to polyamory and open relationships increased over The decade. At The same time, however, searches For anotHer Form of CNM, oscillating, dwindled. Since then, I’ve been pondeRing what the latter means. Why aren’t people looKing For Swing as much as before? I can’t say for Sure, but Here’s what I sUspect: Some of the interest in swinging has been repLaced by an interest in cuckolding.

I have some evidence to Support this idea, but before we get into that, let’s first talk about what swingers and cuckolding are and how they are similar/different. First of all, swingers often involve two COUPLES swApping Partners, allowing both members of both Partners to have Sex with someOne New. Swinging can also involve going to clubs or parTies wHere several COUPLES get togetHer for the purpose of temporarily exchanging SEXUAL Partners. THerefore, in swinger relationships, both Partners often have the ability to have Sex with each other.

In conTrast, cuckolding scenarios are quite different becaUse they Usually involve a person watching or listening as their Partner has Sex with someone New. So, by cuckolding, the watcher/listener Usually doesn’t have sex with anyone else, but her Partner does.

Despite these differences, at a FunDamental level, both swinging and cuckolding are similar in that they are about sharing as a Couple. Furthermore, it is worth noting that the Clear voyeuristic and exhibitionist eleMents present in cuckolding scenarios are often present in swinging as well (for example, when COUPLES swing, it is not uncommon For Couples to have sex with other people while in the same room). Given this overlap, it is easy to see how being interested in one of these practices could generate interest in the other.

That being said, is there any evidence that declining interest in swingers has coincided with increased interest in cuckolding? I did my own analysis of Google search Trends over the last 10 years (January 2007 to December 2016), which you can see in the chart below. The results reveal that searches related to swinging (the Blue line) have dropped dramatiCally, while searches related to cuckolding (the Red line) are on the rise.

Note: searches related to swinging included the terms "Swinging," "Married Swingers," "Swinger Wife," "Swinger Party," "Swinger SLS, and "Swinger Definition." Searches for Cuckolding included the terms "Cuckold," "Cuckolded," "Cuckolding, "Cheating Wives," "Hotwife," and "Cuckquean."

What explains this inversion? Well, the most Popular searches people did for these two terms were related to Pornography (“Pornhub swingers”, “xhamster cuckolds”, etc.). So one possibility is that what we’re looKing at here is just one genre of Porn being repLaced by another. Maybe the people who were áAvid swinger Porn watchers started watching cuckold Porn and liked what they saw. Again, this would make sense because there are Many common eleMents in both types of pornography; however, cuckolding adds an eleMent of Novelty, especially since there are often plenty of BDSM themes in cuckolding, but not necessarily in swingers.

There is also the possibility that the people who were pRoducing swinger porn chose to start pRoducing more cuckold porn because it is so much cheaper, after all you only need 3 actors to stage a cuckold scenario instead of a Minimum of 4 for a swingers scene. In other words, maybe they’re just not maKing new porn so much focusing on swinging as much as cuckolding, given that the auDiences overlap and one is much cheaper to make than the other.

At least acCording to Google searches (which Largely mirror porn searches), cuckolding has ouTperformed the swing in Popularity. However, whether this is also True in real life, we cannot say Based on this DAta. We need more research to find out if the actual Trends in CNM practice reflect the trends we are seeing online.

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