Touch has profound benefits for people. But over the past few decades, people has become Be increasingly cautious about socially touching others for a number of reasons. With the spread of the new coronavirus, this should get worse. People have already begun avoiding a handshakeAnd the British queen was spotted wear gloves as a precaution Do not get infected with the virus.
Coronavirus may well have long-term consequences for our practical work – to strengthen the already existing notions that touch should be avoided.
Why is touch so important? It helps us share our opinions about others, improving our oral communication. For example, touching the hand when someone is comforting often shows that we really care. People have benefited from physical touch throughout their lives, and there are many facts that indicate that they can influence both short-term and long-term well-beingFor children it’s even important for healthy brain development,
The emotional impact of social touch is rooted in our biology. There is evidence that this causes oxytocin releaseA hormone that reduces the response to stress. In fact, a touch has been shown pillow stress level in people.
We know that just touching a nurse before surgery can reduce stress in patients. It can also reduce the feeling of social isolation and even increase food intake among older people living in a nursing home. Therefore, given how important the social approach to human well-being is, it is important to ensure that this is part of everyday life.
Decline in social contact
Last few decades have seen reduced social contactPartly, this is due to the fact that we live in a technology-focused, socially isolated world where people often communicate virtually than through personal meetings. This means that we are in contact with each other much less than before.
But contact decline is primarily due to fear that this could lead to a charge of inappropriate touchSuch fear is shaped by society, as people often hear stories of inappropriate behavior. Therefore, people are more likely to resist touching others than run the risk of being misinterpreted as social touches. The message is simple: don't hug your work colleague who is upset and doesn't slap someone on the ass for a job well done.
At the same time, the fear of allegations of child abuse was disproportionate to the number of actual cases. This is seen by professionals development of distorted thinkingTeachers often avoid being alone with childrenand do not touch the students in a natural and gentle way.
With the new coronavirus, humans have another reason to be afraid to touch others, as it means approaching people who could potentially be carriers. Although we must be careful when touching during this serious outbreak, we must make efforts to prevent her from getting out of control. After all, many people suffer from high level of anxiety about the virus, and touch is a way to reduce it.
The longer it lasts, the greater the likelihood that an association will form between social contact and a sense of negativity. People may end up forgetting everything about the virus, but still be wary of social contacts, not knowing why. This is because negative associations often create more easily accessible memories for people than positive associations.
Therefore, although it is not recommended that you continue to touch people during an outbreak, as usual, especially older people or those with basic health conditions, physical contact with loved ones may continue while we take precautions and wash your hands
In a broader sense, the key point is the realization that negative life events, such as this epidemic, can have an undesirable effect on social connections in the long run. Putting this in the foreground of our mind can balance something that would otherwise produce negative memories of touch.
At the end of the outbreak, one of the vital tasks will be to rethink our thinking about touch, given its importance. In the end, hugs may be exactly what we need to move on from the traumatic experience of coronavirus.