Our Essential Need To Touch
I just read a fascinating article about the importance of touching.
The upshot of the post is this–– humans need human interaction, human touch. We crave it.
Hugs, kisses, hands held, touch, massage, cuddles–– it’s all good. All natural. All perfectly human.
It’s how we’re wired, baby.
Yet, sadly, most of us get precious little human interaction. We exist and interact on digital leashes. The article mentions that the average person touches his phone 85 times a day.
It appears our relationship with inanimate objects is far stronger than our relationships with each other. And given the way we incessantly grope our smartphones, we should clean their screens much more often than we currently do.
But we need more than smartphone play. I think deep down we are hungry, starved for physical interaction because it feeds our mental well-being and happiness. It nourishes our souls.
I firmly believe in the not too distant future, people will pay for human interactions, not sex–– people will always pay for that, but just human encounters that will get our serotonin levels juiced.
As we become further plugged into technology, further submerged and dependent on the grid for interaction, let’s not forget we are physical animals who like to herd.
Let’s run again with the pack. And we can blog and post about it later.