Please stop hugging. If I barely know you, please do not lean in to hug me. A hug is not a replacement for a handshake and quite frankly, I’d rather not shake your hand either. I’d prefer no touching, period.
Please Stop Hugging
Call me an ice queen, whatever. If I don’t know you, what in the world would make you think I would want to get my body up next to yours? Men or women, I do not discriminate.
I see a lot of hugging in the business world as well. This is particularly uncomfortable. How do you avoid someone leaning in to pull you close without seeming like a total bitch? I don’t know how to display finesse, I have no refined delicacy.
Not long ago, there was a news-rumor going around about places of business or a some other special-identity-group or such who wanted to do away with the Handshake as well. Yes, please. Count me in for that too. Like I said before, I’d prefer no touching at all.
But I really don’t think I need a reason.
Honestly, I don’t even like to hug in a casual setting. Unless I know you, and we have to go way-back with each other, and you have to know things about me, then please do not hug me.
It gets on my last nerve that most people feel like it is just-a-okay to start off a greeting with a physical hug, even when they don’t know you well.
Keep it safe, just do not reach in to hug me.