When Stossel asked swinging couples whether they worry their spouse will "find they like someone else better," one male replied, "People in the swinging community swing for a reason.
They don't swing to go out and find a new wife;" a woman asserted, "It makes women more confident – that they are the ones in charge." Stossel interviewed 12 marriage counselors.
Proponents of swinging argue that safe sex is accepted within the swinging community and the risk of sexual disease is the same for them as for the general population – and that some populations of sexually non-monogamous people have clearly lower rates of STIs than the general population.
Some people object to swinging on moral or philosophical grounds.
Most religious communities and moralists regard swinging as adultery, not withstanding that it is with the knowledge, consent or encouragement of one spouse to the other.
One 2000 study, based on an Internet questionnaire addressed to visitors of swinger-related sites, found swingers are happier in their relationships than the norm.
60% said that swinging improved their relationship; 1.7% said swinging made their relationship less happy.
Swinging, sometimes called wife swapping or partner swapping, is a non-monogamous behavior in which both singles and partners in a committed relationship engage in sexual activities with others as a recreational or social activity. People may choose a swinging lifestyle for a variety of reasons.
Many cite an increased quality, quantity, and frequency of sex.
In a 1992 study, an overall 7% of swingers had quit swinging because of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
It was also stated that 62% of swingers changed their sex practices, by becoming more selective with partners or by practicing safe sex.
The swinger community sometimes refers to itself as "the lifestyle", or as "the alternative lifestyle".
International Swinger community's Flag, created by Ted Williams and Emilio Designs Graphic Design Enaver.
Approximately 50% of those who rated their relationship "very happy" before becoming swingers maintained their relationship had become happier.