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Old Yesterday, 04:38 PM
 
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I can't say that I've noticed a difference in the popularity of hugging. It remains a very cultural thing so far as I know. Some families / cultures / individuals are more tactile. Some aren't.

In my experience spontaneous friendly non-sexual physical contact remains rare as ever. My default is to assume it's unwelcome and weird unless they take the initiative (and risk!) to demonstrate otherwise. If they do, I'm a pretty good hugger if I do say so myself, but apart from young children (who know me well, and these days, in the presence and with the permission of their caregivers), I just don't do it to speak of.

And I've lived in the midwest, the SW and the NE of the US -- I don't see regional differences either.

I'm just not seeing a trend. YMMV.
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I would say culture is responsible for it. To stop hugging is a learned behavior in my opinion. At what point did I stop picking up my daughter and start replacing it with hugging? I know some are advised to put down their crying babies. I ignored that advice and played it by ear.

As far as major cultures, South Americans hug a lot. I live in South Florida and get invited to their events. People I never met before will hug me. It really doesn't mean anything deeper than "Oh my mom welcomes you, then I welcome you too."
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