As time goes on, major changes take place and we as people must respond by adapting and changing accordingly. This is especially true when it comes to jobs, as the ever-changing ecosystem of in-demand skills can flip in a matter of a few short years. As technology advances, the job landscape is going through huge and significant changes over smaller and smaller periods of time.
While our parents and grandparents may have decided between being lawyers, teachers, doctors, or businesspeople, there is a much wider of array of options available these days. Who could have predicted that being an Instagram influencer or full time YouTuber could allow people to pay the bills?
One example of this kind of job that has not existed before is that of a professional cuddler. You may have never heard of this at all, but for Christina Hepburn, this is her livelihood. So what does that entail?
She explains that she spends her days cuddling with clients at a company called Cuddlist. The company offers what is referred to as cuddle therapy service. This can range from holding hands, spooning, or just even laying on top of each other.
She goes on to explain: “When babies aren’t touched, they die. We love to think of ourselves as so different from babies, but in fact, we’re just like adult babies.” She says that all people crave human touch, and for those who may not have access to it, services like this exist.
So who uses this kind of service? Hepburn shares that the clients range from people who have recently moved to a new city and haven’t made friends yet to newly single people.
So how much will these services set you back? At $80 per house, this job allows Hepburn earns a full-time salary. She explains that it’s worthwhile as, “We have the power to heal each other, we all have room for more touch.”
What do you think of this kind of therapy? Would you try it out?