According to 2010 estimates by the Kinsey Institute "swinging is relatively uncommon in the United States".
Research on swinging has been conducted in the United States since the late 1960s.
John Stossel produced an investigative news report into the swinging lifestyle.
Stossel's report in 2005 cited Terry Gould's research, which concluded that "couples swing in order to not cheat on their partners".
Red rings represent the passion and unbreakable bond between the couple, the yellow background represents the light and fire of desire, the blue color of the vastness of the sky Swinging can take place in a number of contexts, ranging from spontaneous sexual activity involving partner swapping or adding a third or more participants at an informal gathering of friends to planned regular social meetings to "hooking up" with like-minded people at a sex club (also known as a swinger club, not to be confused with a strip club).
Different clubs offer varied facilities and atmospheres, and often hold "theme" nights.
To avoid unwanted pregnancy, the contraceptive pill is available.
Since the late 1980s, safe sex practices have become more common.
Swingers rate themselves happier ("very happy": 59% of swingers compared to 32% of non-swingers) and their lives more "exciting" (76% of swingers compared to 54% of non-swingers) than non-swingers, by significantly large margins.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.Some people may engage in swinging to add variety into their otherwise conventional sex lives or due to their curiosity.Some couples see swinging as a healthy outlet and means to strengthen their relationship.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.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.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.