New app finds free hugs

Want a hug? Find a free one near you.
Want a hug? Find a free one near you.

A new app has been developed that allows users to find a nearby stranger to cuddle.  

The app's designer Charlie Williams told the ABC Cuddlr was all about meeting a need for people to touch.  

"It's healing and nurturing and it's a great way to connect," he said.  

"We've had some sceptical reactions from people who sort of seem to think the only reason you'd want to spend time with a new person is so that you can sleep with them, and I don't think that's true."  

The app worked by showing a picture of people near you who wanted a cuddle, giving their first name, and how many successful cuddles they have received.  

"If they've had ... dodgy cuddles, then they'll have a negative rating," Mr Williams said.  

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