Swinging, also known as wife swapping or partner swapping, is a non-monogamous behavior in which both singles and partners in a committed relationship engage in sexual activities with others as a recreational or social activity.The phenomenon of swinging, or at least its wider discussion and practice, is regarded by some as arising from the freer attitudes to sexual activity after the sexual revolution of the 1960s, the invention and availability of the contraceptive pill and the emergence of treatments for many of the sexually transmitted diseases that were known at that time.

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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.

Approximately 50% of those who rated their relationship "very happy" before becoming swingers maintained their relationship had become happier.

The swinger community sometimes refers to itself as "the lifestyle", or as "the alternative lifestyle".

People may choose a swinging lifestyle for a variety of reasons.

Many cite the increased quality, quantity, and frequency of sex.

Some people may engage in swinging to add variety into their otherwise conventional sex lives or due to their curiosity.

International Swinger community's Flag, created by Ted Williams and Emilio Designs Graphic Design Enaver.

Red rings represent the passion and unbreakable bond between the couple, the yellow background represents the light and fire of desire, the blue color of the vastness of the sky Swinging can take place in a number of contexts, ranging from spontaneous sexual activity involving partner swapping at an informal gathering of friends to planned regular social meetings to "hooking up" with like-minded people at a sex club (also known as a swinger club, not to be confused with a strip club).

One 2000 study, based on an Internet questionnaire addressed to visitors of swinger-related sites, found swingers are happier in their relationships than the norm.

60% said that swinging improved their relationship; 1.7% said swinging made their relationship less happy.