Dr. Chrissy Whiting-Madison

Even before global pandemics and civil unrest, we, as Americans, were already struggling with a slow death, a death caused by a phenomenon known as touch hunger.

Although social distancing has become a mantra chanted by many, it was already common to be uncomfortable with hugs and human touch. Whether a result of smaller households, greater social media consumption or longer life expectancy in general, people today have become more isolated than ever before. Just as we crave certain foods when we are hungry, or crave a nap when we are sleepy, we also crave human touch when we are lonely or isolated. Contrary to what many hug haters and social distance supporters believe – human touch – just like oxygen and nourishment, is a fundamental human need, a need becoming more and more neglected as the world continues to change and evolve (https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/hide-and-seek/201706/touch-hunger).