Touch Me Babe!Reading Time: 2 minutes
Thanks for the blog title, Jim Morrison!
But I’m not writing about the Doors. This is simply the next installment in my January series about fitness and our senses. I covered vision, hearing, and smelling. Watch this space for taste. But for now, let’s get to touching. Stand a little closer to the screen, baby!
I just finished reading “In Real Life,” which is all about people creating virtual identities for themselves. I also made a conscious effort this week to spend more time in the real world (e.g., including a sewing workshop, lunches and drinks with friends, a book club, and volunteering for Defy Ventures, which even included a “hugging” icebreaker at the beginning). Being around humans felt really good.
We are living a world where people handle their electronic devices constantly. But are we touching each other enough? Non-verbal communication can speak volumes, even if the connection is just a facial expression or a handshake. Touching can reduce stress and lower blood pressure, according to this article.
I’m not advocating that we all run around fondling our co-workers and the guy who sells us coffee in the AM. (In fact, the guy who started the Free Hugs campaign was sometimes viewed as a creeper.) But, as we head into the new year, maybe we should think about the fact that although we all love our iPhones and Androids, they will never hug us back.
And, just as I began with a rock and roll reference, I’ll end with one. “Just a little of that human touch!”
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