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Hand Shakes, Food Sharing And Hugs, Oh My! All The Gestures You Can’t Do Now And Should They Ever Return?

Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Richard Burr (R-NC) greet each other with an elbow bump instead of a handshake.
Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Richard Burr (R-NC) greet each other with an elbow bump instead of a handshake.
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The coronavirus has cancelled hugs, cheek kisses, hand shakes, high fives and many other greetings and polite gestures people typically use without a second thought. As the BBC reported, these drastic changes though don’t mean people have lost the urge to say “hello” in some fashion. Experts say greetings can help us define the meaning of a relationship, so it’s natural that humans crave these gestures. 

While some make the argument that the handshake should be gone for good, others say the gesture will eventually make a comeback because it’s such a big part of who we are as a culture. As a recent Washington Post article points out, is there really anything that could replace the hand shake? It’s simple and easy to recognize. Plus, it could have a greater impact on things like sports. As the L.A. Times reports, retiring the hand shake, so to speak, is a massive change for sports. And it could be the loss of something really important.

Today on AirTalk, we want to know what you think. Do you think these traditional gestures like hand shaking, high fiving or offering a bite of your food are too important to lose? Do you think they’ll make a comeback? Do you even want them to make a comeback given the risks associated with spreading infections? Which ones do you miss most, and how are you greeting and gesturing to others in the meantime? Join the conversation by calling 866-893-5722.