No physical contact please, we are British: we just want to shake hands with the first meeting – and Japan shares this social preference
- British people are against hugs and kisses unless from friends and relatives
- Handshakes are the preferred greeting method of an unknown, study found
- Participants were not even comfortable with a pat on the back at the first meeting
- A quarter of the respondents avoided colleagues because of their greeting methods
In today's tasty-feely society, it seems like everyone is hugging hugs and planting kisses on each other.
But people are still only at ease with a formal introductory handshake with an investigation that shows that the British reserve is alive and kicking when people are first met.
It is unlikely that a demonstrative hug or a continental double kiss will go down well, because we really only feel comfortable when strangers only touch our hands.
Researchers asked people to mark the parts of their body, front and back, that people could touch in their lives on their computers.
British people had no problem with close relatives and friends who touch their faces or upper body when hugging, but did not want strangers to do the same.
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In today's tasty-feely society, it seems like everyone is hugging hugs and planting kisses on each other. But people are still only at ease with a formal introductory handshake with an investigation that shows that the British reserve lives when people are first met (stock image)
The study, led by Aalto University in Finland, says: & # 39; Emotionally close individuals in the inner layers of the social network were allowed to touch larger body areas, while touch by strangers was mainly limited to the hands. & # 39;
Married people and couples are happy that their partners touch every part of their body, the study shows.
Most of the 386 people surveyed were also fairly relaxed about friends and close relatives who touched their upper body and face, such as when they were leaning for a kiss or a hug.
But most people indicated that strangers could not touch most parts of their body, even excluding a friendly pat on the arm. The study found that about half the people thought that a stranger who touched his hand, as in a handshake, was acceptable.
The study, published in Proceedings magazine of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, asked how pleasant people would be touched by different people, from partners to parents and brothers and sisters to aunts and uncles, cousins, friends, acquaintances and strangers.
People liked being touched more if they had a close emotional bond with the person they touched.
British people had no problem with close relatives and friends who touch their faces or upper body when hugging, but did not want strangers to do the same. Couples are happy that their partners touch every part of their body, according to the research (stock image)
The study, which also included 255 Japanese, found that those of both sexes were less fortunate to be touched by men than by women.
Separate research has shown that many people want to put an end to physical contact in offices, with a third a & # 39; uncomfortable & # 39; greeting from a colleague.
A quarter of the 2,000 adults surveyed said they had avoided a colleague or client because of the way they greeted people.
They complained about unwanted hugs, unexpected kisses and unintended kisses on the mouth due to poorly timed air cushion. Three quarters of people in a job search site Totaljobs said they would support a ban on physical contact in the workplace.
Most of the respondents said they wanted clear guidelines for appropriate greetings in a professional environment.
Alexandra Sydney, marketing director at Totaljobs, said: “Whether it's an unwanted hug or a cheeky kiss on the cheek, our research suggests that work desires have the potential to go beyond awkward and real-world impact on job satisfaction and productivity. & # 39;
WHAT IS THE & # 39; CUDDLE HORMONE & # 39; OXYTOCIN?
Oxytocin, known as the & # 39; love hormone & # 39 ;, arouses confidence and generosity.
The chemical is naturally released from the brain into the blood of humans and other mammals during social and sexual behavior.
It is produced by women during labor to help them bind with their baby and stimulates the production of breast milk.
The chemical is also released during intercourse, making it the nickname & # 39; the cuddle hormone & # 39; is called.
Other loving touches, from hugging a teddy bear to stroking your dog, also ensure the release of the hormone.