Is there a difference between swinging and polyamory? The answer is YES, but are they similar, kind of, let me explain. First off in polyamory is a desire, practice or accepting the fact that you are in more than one relationship, whereas swinging you are in a relationship with a spouse/significant other and both allowed to play. There are multiple types of the poly lifestyle, such as polygynous and polyandrous. In order to understand polyamory you need to understand the two different types. First up is polygynous, which refers to one husband that has multiple wives. Next up is polyandrous, in which one wife has multiple husbands, although less common it does exist.
In a swinging relationship both the man and woman are faithful in a relationship to each other, but allowed to play, and are not married to more than one person. Some swingers and polyamory relationships have a live in person. That three people together in the relationship is known as a triad. People who identify as polyamorous typically reject the view that sexual and relational exclusivity are necessary for deep, committed, long-term loving relationships. Sex is not necessarily a primary focus in polyamorous relationships. In swinging, there is usually lots of sex involved, and as mentioned polyamory is defined as rejecting the view that sex is needed for a long term relationship. Swingers are in long term relationships, and get into the lifestyle to create a better bond, add spice to the relationship etc.