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Editor's Note: Denver7 stories explore multiple sides of the topics that matter most to Coloradans, bringing in different perspectives so you can make up your own mind about the issues. To comment on this or other stories, us at TheDenverChannel. The website says CU Boulder currently has 1, student members. Sugar dating is a type of online dating where people are honest about their needs, physically, financially and more. The wealthier partner in the relationship will often pay for dinner, trips or gifts for the so-called sugar baby.
Denver7 took a approach to the idea of sugar dating to take a closer look at multiple perspectives. Seeking Arrangement is one of the most popular sugar dating sites, boasting 22 million members worldwide. She believes the site is successful because people are more upfront and honest about what they are looking for in a partner.
She equates this to other, more traditional relationships where the lesser-earning partner benefits from the finances of the other. The website offers a variety of filters for sugar babies to be able to sort through, including salary. The website also boasts about having a high student population with its sugar baby university. She believes one of the benefits of dating someone who is further along in their career is that students get to connect with someone who is already established.
In some cases, De LA Cruz says students have been able to connect with people who help them get internships or even jobs. With every dating website, however, there are always bad actors. Seeking Arrangements says it uses artificial intelligence to search messages and profiles for transactional language that would be used in prostitution and escort cases. If found, the user would be banned from the site.
Seeking Arrangement says it is not about how wealthy some of the men and women are but rather how generous they are. Let me take care of the rent this month. At first, Jones tried going a more traditional college route by taking out loans and working part-time jobs in a restaurants and hotels. So three years ago, an old roommate introduced Jones to Seeking Arrangements.
The roommate gave her tips on how to stay safe and helped her set up her profile. Since then, Jones has had multiple relationships with people she has met through the website and says her experience has been a positive one. Some of the people she has been in relationships with have even helped Jones with some of her expenses.
Jones also appreciates the honesty the website offers when it comes to the types of relationships people are looking for. Are you looking for something that is nothing more than physical? She also believes there are a lot of misconceptions about what sugar dating is and that the stories that come out of it portray the extremes on either end. However, Jones admits she has gotten messages in the past from people looking to exchange money for sex and she has ignored them.
Whenever she meets someone from Seeking Arrangements in person, Jones also takes steps to keep herself safe — like meeting in public places and telling trusted friends where she is going to be and when she expects that she will be home. She also spends time getting to know the person online and having conversations with them before ever agreeing to meet with them.
When she tells friends what she is doing, she says she gets one of two reactions: either the person is interested and wants to learn more, or they compare her to a prostitute. In the end, though, Jones blames the cost of college in the U.
Around Boulder, current and former students say they have heard of people doing some interesting things to earn money, from selling plasma to selling naked pictures of themselves. Colgate went the more traditional route and worked part-time jobs to make her way through school, but all of that money paid for rent, gas and food. Other people around Boulder agreed. Both Curry and Baughman also blame college costs for the fact that people are even considering this type of dating.
Despite the lure of money, fancy dinners, trips or gifts, Maren Scull, an assistant professor of the clinical teaching track at University of Colorado Denver, believes sugar dating is more complicated than money. Scull has been studying the sugar dating phenomenon since and recently published a study about it. During her research , Scull spent more than a year tracking down and interviewing 48 sugar babies. She determined there are seven different types of sugar relationships : sugar prostitution, compensated dating, compensated companionship, sugar dating, sugar friendships, sugar friendships with benefits, and pragmatic love.
Scull also found during her interviews that 60 percent of the sugar babies she interviewed eventually has sex with their benefactor at some point while the other 40 percent said they did not. However, Scull determined that only 15 percent of the people she interviewed engaged in so-called sugar prostitution.
Scull believes there is a general misunderstanding or misconception about the world of sugar dating, but the thing her research interviewees seemed to appreciate the most about the phenomenon is the honesty.
Scull is now in the process of continuing her research into the world of sugar dating to expand her study in the future. Others are worried about the dangers sugar dating poses. Haley McNamara, the vice president of advocacy and outreach for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, says she has heard horror stories of sugar dates gone wrong. One of the stories McNamara said was reported to the NCSE of a sugar date gone wrong was a year-old girl named Emma who met a man online who flew her across the country to meet him. The woman claimed that the man then tried to sexually assault her and left her on the other side of a country road with no help.
In the headlines, along with reports of sugar dates gone wrong, there have been stories of scams. She equates sugar dating to prostitution. McNamara herself opened up a fake several months ago to a see what types of messages people were sending.
She believes sugar dating is inherently different from other forms of online dating because from the onset there is an imbalance of power. She also believes companies like Seeking Arrangements are using the student debt crisis to their advantage to exploit socioeconomic vulnerabilities of those who are less wealthy. More and more, people looking for love are turning to the internet to find it.
Some people are using sites like Match. Others are looking for love and possibly a little more. Advocates of sugar dating say it is a more honest form of dating where people can be more straightforward about their needs. Critics say it is just another form of prostitution and the threat of sexual exploitation and sexual violence is real.
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All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. By: Meghan Lopez. A Modern Form of Dating Seeking Arrangement is one of the most popular sugar dating sites, boasting 22 million members worldwide. The website also has a customer support team and ways for users to report abuse. This website offers both her and others to be honest about what they are looking for. The Woes of College Costs Around Boulder, current and former students say they have heard of people doing some interesting things to earn money, from selling plasma to selling naked pictures of themselves.
More than money Despite the lure of money, fancy dinners, trips or gifts, Maren Scull, an assistant professor of the clinical teaching track at University of Colorado Denver, believes sugar dating is more complicated than money. The Dangers of Sugar Dating Others are worried about the dangers sugar dating poses.
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