Hug More, Happy More

A recent NYT article on the recent increase in hugging amongst teenagers made me smile; I think it’s great that teens are hugging more. According to a friend of mine’s theory, humans need at least six significant touches a day in order to be happy. So, given this theory and numerous other studies on the importance of physical contact for psychological well-being, I find this part of the article both amusing and a little disconcerting:

Comforting as the hug may be, principals across the country have clamped down. “Touching and physical contact is very dangerous territory,” said Noreen Hajinlian, the principal of George G. White School, a junior high school in Hillsdale, N.J., who banned hugging two years ago. “It was needless hugging — they are in the hallways before they go to class. It wasn’t a greeting. It was happening all day.”

The article also points out how some parents find it perplexing that this generation of students so steeped in the world of online communication are so hug-friendly, but I don’t see how the two are mutually exclusive. Rather, perhaps because of our generation’s tendency to turn to online communication so often, we’re enjoying this form of physical expression this much.



~ by Nocturnal Discourse on 10 June 2009.

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