Huggy Huggy

It seems from listening to the radio, of late, that people are really missing tactility – if that’s a word – or the hugginess that has become such a part of modern living.

I must say I have a bit of an aversion to being hugged by people unless they are very, very close to me. Basically, I like my personal space and feel it’s being invaded when people even touch my arm to emphasise a point.

I wonder is this a generational thing or what.

How important are hugs to you and is the current Covid19 regime causing you to have hug/touch withdrawals?









Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

27 thoughts on “Huggy Huggy”

  1. I am not a real huggy person, sometimes when I am visiting in the Southern States of the US, I get tired of all the hugging and kissing that is the norm, it might be Irish or Northern USA, but not really missing it. Could be all those years as a child being forced to kiss the old Aunts with their whispered chins. LOL

      1. I have had it happen enough to me to spot a spell check change, but on the other hand, I was enjoying the mental imaginings of a whispered chin and conjuring all sorts of thoughts. πŸ™‚

      2. Mary Jane, I haven’t been able to stop laughing over this comment of yours and the whispered/whiskered bit.
        I remember hugging my mother’s leg in some of the kinds of circs you evoke.

  2. Ah, here is another Jean Social Bridge question–a feature I have missed in your break! I suspect it is generational to a point, but also very familial/culturally based. I grew up in a family where hugs were only for family or extremely close acquaintances, and kisses were for cheeks only outside of husbands and wives. (That dates me, does it not? πŸ™‚ ). I always find it strange to work with people who think hugging is the greeting of the day.

  3. I think it has nothing to do with generations but ways we are brought up. My mother is so not a huggy person but my father was. I read once the power of a healing hug – when it lasts a good 30 seconds. That is loooong! I have a friend who gives them and it takes all my willpower not to pull away too fast!

    1. Yes Dale, there are exceptions and I can empathize with your looong hug relationship.
      Interesting about your parents. Neither of mine were particularly huggy but were always there with hugs for us when we needed them most.

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