This is kind of an addendum to this post.
Some things shouldn’t be commodified, but apparently, there is a sucker born every minute, and people who have money will inevitably spend it on silly things. Professional cuddling is now a thing, at least in a city close to where I live. It is what it sounds like: You pay someone to cuddle with you (but it has to be fully clothed and completely platonic), and you have to make an appointment to meet your “cuddler” at the cuddling “office.” Sounds like prostitution, and like prostitution, it’s a mockery of relationships. Instead of having a real relationship, you can have a watered-down version with a total stranger.
I understand that humans are social beings, and supposedly love and hugs and physical affection can make people happier and give them a better quality of life. But an instant-gratification thing like professional cuddling is a cheap way to get some of the benefits of a real relationship while exerting none of the effort to actually get into (and stay in) a real relationship.
This whole thing just screams “creepy,” and I think the saddest thing about it is that to be a cuddler, you will be paid $20 per hour, which is totally unfair to those with jobs in fast food, delivery services, teaching… basically any legitimate area of work. A 30-minute cuddling session is $40, and I think that $40 would be better spent doing anything other than touching (and being touched by) a complete stranger.