Some argue that strict monogamy is the ideal form for marital relationships and that sexual relations should only take place between marriage partners or, perhaps, between partners in a committed monogamous relationship.Swingers are exposed to the same types of risks as people who engage in casual sex, with the main concerns being the risk of pregnancy and of contracting a sexually transmitted infection (STI).Almost 70% of swingers claimed no problem with jealousy; approximately 25% admitted "I have difficulty controlling jealousy when swinging" as "somewhat true", while 6% said this was "yes, very much" true.
Some couples see swinging as a healthy outlet and means to strengthen their relationship.
Others regard such activities as merely a social and recreational interaction with others.
According to Stossel, "not one of them said don't do it," though some said "getting sexual thrills outside of marriage can threaten a marriage".
Nevertheless, swingers whom Stossel interviewed claimed "their marriages are stronger because they don't have affairs and they don't lie to each other." the information and communications technology revolution, together with improvements in medicine, has been effective in reducing some of the costs of swinging and hence in increasing the number of swingers.
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".
Some swingers engage in unprotected sex, a practice known as barebacking, while others follow safe sex practices and will not engage with others who do not also practice safe sex.
Swingers may reduce the risk of STI by exchanging STI test results and serosorting.
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.
International Swinger community's Flag, created by Ted Williams and Emilio Designs Graphic Design Enaver.