It's mid-afternoon on a Friday and a dozen or so people are active on Heaven Social, the decidedly retro (think Facebook's first iteration) social network of Heaven Circle, a two-and-a-half-year-old company that throws 'elite' sex parties. 'Everybody's a bit more refined, well educated, I guess,' he says.For people into things that still aren't a topic of polite conversation, the internet is, unsurprisingly, brimming with possibilities.'(It's) played a huge part in the liberation of people of our generation,' says Heaven Circle co-founder Chris Reynolds Gordon.
Whether lusting after a one-night stand or looking for true love, it didn't take long for people to cotton onto the concept of going online to arrange offline liaisons.
But lately, with adultery-arranging site Ashley Madison hacked and 'swipe-right-to-like' app Tinder accused of commoditising dating, companies in the business of arranging encounters have been thrust, excuse the pun, into the spotlight. (Wearing a mask and brandishing a plastic sword as a fancy-dress assassin.) I explain I'm a journalist.
Is the industry facing a backlash of 12-inch proportions or merely ripples of discomfort from society getting used to more liberal ways of living? They admit to being disappointed in their search for a bisexual woman to 'play with'. they may show some intention but it never leads to anything.' A man, who insists on Skyping to check I'm real, says he's had success arranging private offline encounters - and prefers Heaven to online competitors like Fab Swingers and Adult Friend Finder.
Now that we’re living in the internet age, it goes without saying that dating isn’t what it used to be.
Now that social media networks and online dating sites are the norm, we’re no longer limited to socializing with the people we’re likely to meet at work, at school, or through the sometimes painful world of blind dating.
We can simply let our fingers do the walking and easily make contact with everyone from fascinating locals to mysterious strangers from the far corners of the world.
But where does the lay of the land as it exists now leave people that are interested in meeting people to have a little adult fun with?
Not everyone is looking to make friendship connections or find their “forever love” after all (at least not right this minute).
Is online dating something that works for the adult crowd looking to find local sex with no strings attached? What kinds of people make the choice to explore adult sex dating?
How and where can someone interested in the possibilities get started?
Let’s take a closer look at the answers to all of these questions and more.