Sex apps for casual encounters and no strings attached dating are losing customers to escorts, according to a new survey.
According to Oriental Girlfriend, the London based Asian escort and massage service, the UK escort industry gained more new customers from people seeking extramarital affairs in 2017 than new sign-ups to websites such as Tinder, CasualX and IllicitEncounters, for example.
Oriental Girlfriend, which launched one of the very first Asian ‘girlfriend experiences’ 20 years ago, said there has been unprecedented growth in the UK escort market, with more than 3,000 new clients every week*.
People stuck in unhappy marriages are increasingly interested in using an escort service rather than pursuing extramarital affairs via so called sex apps. “Membership to casual encounters and no strings attached dating websites has more than doubled in the past three years, but the market for male and female escort services has quadrupled in the same time,” said Oriental Girlfriend CEO Odda Ganessa.
“There is also an increasing number of people leaving sex apps and trying escorts as an alternative to casual sex and dating,” she said.
Researchers at Oriental Girlfriend found a high proportion of the British men and women paying for sex in 2017 had previously used casual encounters and no strings attached dating websites, with little or no satisfaction.
“It’s not because sites such as Tinder, CasualX and IllicitEncounters, for example, are no good. Because many of them are very popular, largely because a person can see what they’re getting, but they have drawbacks,” Ganessa said.
“There’s no guarantee of a decent standard of sexual technique or performance from the person you hook up with. It’s about quality technique, and escorts are professionals. A reputable escort is expected to turn up on time, be polite, look good, be able to perform and be technically proficient.
“Also many people are ‘too busy’ even for casual sex apps. You still have to invest quite a bit of time and effort into becoming a member, using the app, making decisions on who to trust, whether to go through with it, etc. Booking an escort is far less resource intensive and it is much less risky.
“Escorts see many unhappily married couples who have turned to an affair as their main outlet, had a bad experience, turned to sex apps, had further bad experiences, and eventually booked an escort and never looked back. And often the marriage not only survives, but becomes stronger.
“With escort services perfectly legal in the UK, and also much safer than casual sex, it’s clear to see that many people are undergoing a significant transition in their attitudes towards paying for sex, which has no doubt influenced many to become regular escort customers.”
*According to a survey of more than 1,000 independent UK escorts.