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stefan asked in Society & CultureEtiquette · 2 months ago

Are most people alright with hugs?

If there is someone who I know who I am not very close with like an acquaintance, would most be alright with a hug?

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  • 1 month ago

    The majority are okay with a civil hug, but not everybody.  I knew one person who was very uncomfortable with casual hugs.  Now, I would not want to make somebody uncomfortable so I am usually more reserved until I know whether it is okay.  Technically, it is rude for a man to hold out his hand to shake hands with a woman; she must make the first gesture for it to be polite. 

    Well, you see it is tricky.  I'd watch the person's response and decide whether it is okay.

  • susan
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    No. It might have been acceptable to many before 2020, but unsolicited hugs are completely unacceptable now, and I don't think that's going to change back, even after the pandemic subsides. 

    For strangers and acquaintances, it is polite to stay 6 feet/2 meters distant, physically.  If it is someone you are very emotionally close to, ask first, and maybe they would hug you. I'm guessing you feel kind of starved for a hug after all this time or you wouldn't be asking. Tell a good friend how you are feeling. 

    I sincerely hope you will get what you need very soon.

  • mom
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    before we had this virus, I loved hugs but not anymore because of the virus

  • Robin
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    No it’s lockdown so don’t do it 

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  • 2 months ago

    Hugs are for family and close friends. They are not for acquaintances, and most certainly NOT while there's a pandemic going on.

  • 2 months ago

    I love hugs. I'm on my own now and do miss them. Tho, I do not like being hugged by a total stranger. That's creepy.

  • Pearl
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    it dont bother me but i get shy about hugging people back

  • drip
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Not after last year. And the pandemic still going on. This is going to change casual hi hugs and even handshakes. 

    I would rather not hug friends, let alone an acquaintance.  

    I would say for most people they would rather not hug an acquaintance.  

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    With a pandemic going on - fist bumps is really the most you should be doing now. But once it passes - just ask first. And don’t be offended if they say no. Most likely a quick hug is just fine. It’s that some people might have been abused so it’s good to ask first.

  • 2 months ago

    If you're not close, you've never previously hugged, and they've not initiated a hug - don't hug. 

    (Also until the pandemic is over - don't be hugging anyone you don't live with...)

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