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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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4 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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21 days ago #9491648        
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@Dire321
I think only the Southern states are like that, actually.



23 days ago #9491107        
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Total opposite in America, no one knows how to keep their hands to themselves -Sad American



25 days ago #9490575        
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So that's why "Kissing girls in Public, Social experiment (Gone wrong) (Gone sexual) (In the Hood) Funny Pranks" aren't such a big thing in Britain lol.



26 days ago #9490300        
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In Ireland we are all so friendly, we smile at random people on the street and hug everyone. We're even happy drunks... I rarely see drunk people who are angry! It feels so weird when I go to the UK, everyone is so serious! In London they don't even thank the bus drivers!!



28 days ago #9489894        
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I'm such a hugger the English would freak out XD



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1 month ago #9485849        
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in Thailand and China it's considered rude touching someone's head without permission

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2 months ago #9482621        
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I try to hug everybody because I feel like it's much nicer and it's a better way to make people feel welcome.



2 months ago #9481630        
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why does sister denmark feel that she needs a pregnancy test?



3 months 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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