Is the Government Pushing Women to Find a Sugar Daddy?

What does the U.S. gov­ern­ment have to do with sugar daddy rela­tion­ships? A lot, appar­ently. One of the most pop­u­lar sugar daddy match­mak­ing web sites has seen a sig­nif­i­cant increase in the num­ber of new mem­bers sign­ing up over the past week—despite Sep­tem­ber and Octo­ber usu­ally being slower months—and they believe it’s because of the gov­ern­ment shut­down in Washington.

The web site believes that the increase in women look­ing for a sugar daddy is related to the polit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion because of the fact that so many of the new mem­bers are sin­gle moth­ers. Many of these sin­gle moms are likely being impacted finan­cially by the stalling of many pro­grams that they rely on for money, like the Spe­cial Sup­ple­men­tal Nutri­tion Pro­gram for Women, Infants, and Chil­dren, which report­edly helps over nine mil­lion moth­ers in the U.S. These women are believed to be turn­ing to the sugar daddy site in an effort to make ends meet at home.

Another sim­i­lar sugar daddy match­mak­ing site also reported see­ing a higher-than-normal increase in their new mem­bers over the past week.

What do you think: Could the gov­ern­ment shut­down really have some­thing to do with more women turn­ing to a sugar daddy, or is the tim­ing just a coincidence?


Roy, J., “Sugar Daddy Site Claims the Gov­ern­ment Shut­down Has Increased Its Signups by 50%,” TIME web site, Octo­ber 7, 2013;