Hugs and dating

As Justin Bieber would say, “Baby you should go and love yourself.”In many Asian cultures, people rarely, if ever, utter the words “I love you.” But in America “I love you” can be used as an endearing greeting from lovers, as a supportive term from parents to their children and even as a casual goodbye to friends: “That was an amazing brunch, let’s do it again soon. ”American culture is just much more intimate than what I was used to growing up.If I said “I love you” to my parents, they would probably think I’m crazy or that I have terminal cancer.Even a friendly touch on the arm can positively change the way that we look at someone.Not every social situation is going to call for a bear hug.

The concept of hugging was so foreign to me that I had to study how other people hugged to understand the mechanics of wrapping your arms around someone. (Even if he delivers toilet paper, I still give a quick hug.)Most of my friends have at least two dating apps on their phones.In many ways, baby boomers are more connected than ever.Most of us have dozens, if not hundreds, of Facebook friends.They can also help to reinforce our most important social bonds.So, if hugs are so important, why aren’t we getting enough of them?If you have just met someone, it’s probably safer to go supportively touch their arm.But, what this research shows is that most forms of caring touch are beneficial.We eventually broke up because we both realized I didn’t mean that. Sometimes it is the simplest ideas that can make the biggest impact in our lives.I took her out to Dave & Busters so if the date went south, I could still enjoy myself playing Mario Kart.Throughout the date, she kept having me take videos of her for her Instagram story. K., do one like that, but turn the phone the other way.” “Let’s do one with the puppy face filter! K., get one of me playing Mario Kart.” I’m not your cameraman! I would have walked out if I hadn’t just invested in my Dave & Buster’s game card. We never got to know each other, but that didn’t seem to be an impediment to her, at least not on social media.

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