Sugar Daddy

Do you know what a sugar daddy or mommy is? By definition a sugar daddy or mommy, “is a successful man or woman who is willing to pamper and offer financial help or gifts to a young person in return for friendship and companionship.”

I certainly had no idea what these terms meant until I read them on
http://http://www.seekingarrangement.com/arrangement.php

I discovered the seeking arrangement website from an news article about the topic.

http://http://kentwired.com/kent-leads-nation-in-new-sugar-daddy-membership/

A local college from my hometown has seen a spike in the usage of the sugar daddy website. Many people are speculating that the spike is linked directly to the rise of tuition costs.

The article immediately sparked my interest. Posts about the article started to pop up all over my Facebook newsfeed.

My first reaction to the article was negative. I started to judge the people who used the website. The girls who frequented the site turned into “gold diggers”. I immediately placed a stereotype on them. I decided that the men were “creepy and gross”.

Photo courtesy of seekingarrangement.com
Photo courtesy of seekingarrangement.com

I recently discussed the topic over dinner with someone. The person I spoke with said the website was gross and disturbing. He said that only desperate people would use a site like that. At first I completely agreed. I nodded my head to his disapproving comments.

A few hours later after dinner I started to change my mind. On the surface the website looked shady. The idea of a younger person receiving money in exchange for companionship seemed strange to me. But, who am I to judge? People are probably benefitting from the website in some way.

Broke college kids are getting an education and a lonely older adult is receiving a friend. I would argue that the relationships are not exclusively sexual in nature, as is implied.

What do you think? Is it wrong for college students to partake in such arrangements? Is there a bad side to this sort of dating relationship?

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