Oxford study says just shake hands, don't kiss strangers


It is often observed that I do not like strangers to hug me! A recent study by Oxford University shows I'm not even close to alone. Many folks are uncomfortable hugging, or kissing, strangers too.

The Telegraph reports:

The biggest study ever conducted into physical contact suggests that most people harbour an underlying reticence at being touched by a stranger anywhere but on their hands.

In recent years, it has become fashionable to greet new acquaintances with a kiss on one, or even both cheeks. But the new research indicates that people are actually perturbed by such a high level of intimacy from a stranger.

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Hugging robot

It's very satisfying.