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Due to the risks of jealousy, swingers most often prefer the lifestyle be something to be used as an enhancement to an already-stable relationship.
In the words of one in the lifestyle:"if the marriage is in need of repair, I wouldn't suggest this is the time to explore swinging."—Few major public health concerns are associated with swingers according to lifestyle advocates.
A substantial portion of swingers focus on massage and other activities that are unlikely to transmit those STD's that are most difficult to treat.Etiquette Some swingers consider the Lifestyle to be a distinct subculture.
The 'prime directive' in swinging is "No means no".
Almost 70% of swingers claimed no problem with controlling jealousy, around a quarter admitted "I have difficulty controlling jealousy when swinging" to be somewhat true but only 6% said this was "Yes, Very Much" true.
Swingers rate themselves happier (59% against 32% very happy) and their lives much more exciting (76% against 54% exciting) than does the rest of the population, by surprisingly large margins.
Regardless of club rules it is considered polite within the scene to always assume that condoms are to be used.
The most recent and most thorough study, based on an Internet questionnaire addressed to visitors of lifestyle-related sites, found swingers are happier in their relationships than the norm.
60% of swingers said that swinging improved their relationship and only 1.7% said it made their relationship less happy.
There was no difference between the responses of men and women, although more males (70%) than females completed the survey.
(Bergstrand & Williams, Today's Alternative Marriage Styles: The Case of Swingers, Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality, Vol.3, 10 October 2000 ).
In the US and UK it is often regarded as impolite to touch without asking, whereas in continental Europe both touching and gently but firmly removing a touching hand are widely regarded as polite non-verbal communication in the playroom context.Subgroups The neutrality of this section is disputed.