I was interested to read about the launch of a new website for people who are looking for non-sexual relationships. One of the benefits of PlatonicPartners, www.platonicpartners.co.uk, stated on the site, is “freedom from having to ‘perform’ in any way”.
With a recent study showing that British men and women are the most promiscuous of all of the big industrialist nations and all of my male friends who use online dating sites, doing so for no-strings attached casual flings, I wonder how much demand there is for a dating site where no physical intimacy is on offer?
The research, carried out by David Schmitt, a professor of psychology at Bradley University, Illinois, measured one-night stands, total numbers of partners and attitudes to casual sex. Britain came out ahead of Australia, the US, France, the Netherlands, Italy and Germany.
The website has testimonials from several members including one from ‘JM’ who says:
“As a 40-year old man, fit and reasonably attractive, women run a mile when I say I do not want a physical relationship – however, now I have met 5 women in London to socialise with, and life has turned over a much happier leaf – thank you so much.”
Have some people grown so fed up with promiscuity becoming common-place in our society, with glamour models and their latest fling making the front-page of newspapers and the number of women having one night-stands now close to that of men, that they are turning to celibacy?