Need a cuddle? There's an app for that 08/10/2014
There really is an app for everything! The latest to hit the App Store is Cuddlr. Find out the ins and outs of this weird and wonderful app here.
Need a cuddle? There's an app for that

Do you feel like a cuddle? Looking for a like-minded individual who can offer a quick hug? Well, believe it or not, there’s an app on the market that thinks you do and knows how you can get it. The free app Cuddlr offers the curious experience of cuddling a complete stranger at the click of a button. That’s right – someone you’ve never met before. According to Cuddlr, the app is a location-based social meeting app for cuddling. It’s a service that can find other people near your location who are also looking for a cuddle and then gives you directions to meet up. 

More about the location based app - Cuddlr

Cuddlr was inspired by the idea of no pressure intimacy, a service that is somewhat different from the usual dating website. There’s a perceived lack of contact in modern society and Cuddlr aims to fill it. If you yearn for a free hug with no strings attached, then you don’t even have to pay anything for the experience because the app is free to download on your iPhone. Unfortunately for Android users, you’ll have to wait a while before the app becomes available.

How does this iPhone app work?

Like so many other apps, Cuddlr uses GPS technology to locate people within your vicinity who are looking for a hug. You can request a cuddle through the app and wait for a response or answer someone else’s request. Next, you can send them a quick message about the meeting. Possibly the most exciting part of using the app is that you can even watch your prospective cuddler walk closer to you in real time as you meet up. When you meet your cuddler, you can even rate your cuddling experience through the app by indicating it with a thumbs up. If you are particularly moved by the experience, the app also offers the facility to take selfies of your cuddle.

Is the iOS app safe?

For many people, the idea of walking up to a complete stranger and throwing your arms around them in an intimate embrace may be a little bit intimidating. It’s natural to worry about the ways that this app can be abused, particularly, to contact children. To combat these problems Cuddlr has a number of features to help put your mind at rest.

Firstly, you can only download it if you are over the age of 17, making the app squarely aimed at adults. Despite this, any reasonable adult may still feel concerned about their personal safety when meeting a complete stranger. This is why the thumbs up system is such an integral part of the service. Cuddlr will ban any person who continually misuses the app, and in addition, you can choose to block anyone who you don’t want to have any contact with. With all these features in place, Cuddlr seems to have taken personal safety really seriously, so what are you waiting for? Get cuddling!

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