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When I went to England I noticed that people would apologize or even freak out if they as much as touched my little finger. At first I thought that maybe I was putting people off, but later it was explained to me that English people are just incredibly nervous about touching people they don't know very well.

I've been to conventions in quite a few countries by now, and England is the only country where most people asked for a handshake rather than a hug. :XD:


2nd March 2012

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2 months ago #9463543        
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Oh, we does that in Sweden too. We really don't like touching people we don't know. I even feel awkward hugging my FRIENDS sometimes. The only ones I'm totally comfortable with hugging is my family and small children. But instead of apologizing when we touches someone we don't know we most ignores it like "If I don't talk about it it didn't happen". I think swedes have some of the biggest "personal spheres" in the world, actually. You can just look at busses. Many prefer to stand up in them rather than sitting next to someone you don't know, and when we're going with our friends we often takes seats on different sides of the path so we don't get too close to each other. It's kind of strange, but we don't like touching. So we're quite much like England. Like, touch someone you don't know and you're scarred for life. XD

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1 month ago #9469386        
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that's just sad :/ society is so scared of this sort of stuff for no reason...

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1 month ago #9468756        
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Americans are very not-touchy-feely too. Oh, you run into the occasional American who is very huggy but the rest of us think they're weird.



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2 months ago #9463099        
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"When I went to England I noticed that people would apologize or even freak out if they as much as touched my little finger."

Not from England, but yeah, that's how I usually react. It sounds kind of stupid when you say it like that...



2 months ago #9462214        
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We hug EVERY ONE .meet Friends = hug .
Meet familie =hug .
Meet your Friends friends = hug .meet your mom's friend = hug.

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vivids

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2 months ago #9459971        
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It's the same in Sweden, it's very rare that you hug anyone, even close friends xD
It's basically only relatives that you're allowed to hug, at least that's how I experience it :p



3 months ago #9452380        
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Happens sometimes to me here in Norway, but eh xD



5 months ago #9426235        
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Well, i suppose i must have a bit of English blood running in my veins that i am not aware of then, because i also apologize when i accidentaly touch someone. And then there is this habit here in Brazil, that when someone greets a woman he/she is friends with, they are both supposed to kiss each other in the cheeks; i find this horrendously uncomfortable, almost disturbing, and more often than not i find myself backing off and offering my hand to shake hands instead (or just taking the initiative and offering my hand right away), just like is usually done with men. Sometimes i feel really weird because i'm the only person who is greeting people differently.

TL;DR: around here people love personal contact during greetings, one could say it is part of our culture. It freaks me out though.



Dinolil1

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5 months ago #9425773        
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That's true. So true.



6 months ago #9423837        
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Where is the lie!! Lie why you hid from me~ why~



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