I wrote recently about cuddle parties. How about eye contact parties? Apparently these are designed to deepen connections in speed-dating situations. People spend a couple of minutes wordlessly staring into the eyes of each potential partner in the room, circulating to the next stranger as a bell dings or something. Both people must maintain steady eye contact. Then when the rounds of staring are finished, there is ample time to converse with anyone with whom you want to connect. The press about it says that the conversations start at a much deeper level than is usual for social mixers.
“More drawstring, less lace” is the dress code for a cuddle party. Cuddle parties are a new social movement where people (strangers) come together to roll around like puppies and flop all over each other, offer foot rubs, back scratching, all the things that used to just happen between people and now need to be organized and planned.
This is about human comfort, nonsexual touch, connectedness. And it’s a desperate need. Let me start there. I agree that there’s a need.