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 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.
Some people may engage in swinging to add variety into their otherwise conventional sex lives or due to their curiosity.
Some couples see swinging as a healthy outlet and means to strengthen their relationship.
In a 1992 study, an overall 7% of swingers had quit swinging because of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
It was also stated that 62% of swingers changed their sex practices, by becoming more selective with partners or by practicing safe sex.
Some people object to swinging on moral or philosophical grounds.
Most religious communities and moralists regard swinging as adultery, not withstanding that it is with the knowledge, consent or encouragement of one spouse to the other.
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.
The swinger community sometimes refers to itself as "the lifestyle", or as "the alternative lifestyle".
International Swinger community's Flag, created by Ted Williams and Emilio Designs Graphic Design Enaver.
Swinging itself is not a high risk behavior, and swingers have lower rates of STIs than the general population.