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.
There was no difference between the responses of men and women, although more males (70%) than females completed the survey.
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.
Condom use between new partners is strictly enforced by many swingers clubs.
In addition, a minority of swingers rely on STD testing to select for partners less likely to have different STD's than they themselves have.
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.
Clubs are typically divided into "on-premise" clubs, where sexual activity may happen then and there at the club, and "off-premise" clubs where sexual activity is not allowed at the club, but may be arranged at a near-by location.
There is a worldwide organization called SDC, (Swingers Date Club) that organises membership exchanges, parties, conventions and group holidays.
In the USA, many off-premise clubs follow a bar or nightclub format, sometimes renting an entire existing bar for scheduled events.
60% of swingers said that swinging improved their relationship and only 1.7% said it made their relationship less happy.
Half of those who rated their relationship very happy before becoming swingers maintained it had become even happier.
Violation of the ground rules can occasion immediate expulsion.
Other hard and fast rules at many swing clubs include the use of condoms and changing condoms between partners.