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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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27 days ago #9206794        

In Mexico we hug the ones we know and give one kiss in the cheek and a handshake for those we just met. I have several Swedish friends how used to laugh at me saying that the kiss on the cheek is a French thing we shouldn't be imitating; they just greeted me with a kiss and a hug in my birthday, otherwise, there was an awkard wave :')



Kat99

22 F
1 month ago #9191929        

In America, you get an apology if someone just walks by you too closely without even touching you.



1 month ago #9190958        

It's similar here, people apologizing to me constantly if they bump into me. I think it may be because I am very tall and they're intimidated because they don't quite apologize as much to others. I couldn't care less about it though.



2 months ago #9189809        

I don't know if it's a Canadian thing or just the places I've been, but we are big huggers... In Quebec they do the hug cheek kiss kiss too....

(I've lived in Ottawa and Vancouver, and my entire dad's side of the family is from Montreal, and my Step-dad's is from Quebec city... oh and Ottawa is right on the border of Ontario and Quebec, so I know/see a lot of Quebecors. Vancouver was surprisingly 'friendlier' (as in I couldn't just ride the fricken bus without SOMEONE striking up a conversation with me >.>) than Ottawa though. New friends would start hugging me after first meeting, whereas in Ottawa it's after a little bit - depending on how you met)

Oh and I've been all over Alberta on vacation... Oh I lived there, I was born there but we moved to Gatineau (city on the Quebec side of the ON/QC border) when I was 3 so.... And my mom's family is all from the Maritimes, so I know those guys are huggy and friendly too, especially newfies.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxR6YPW24X0



2 months ago #9188525        

I definately prefer handshakes to hugs. Unless I know them well. And know they'll be fine with it. And know that no-one will judge me...but thats just what we're like here. :)



2 months ago #9188236        

See me, I'm just a socially awkward shy guy. If you tried to hug me, I'd stand there awkwardly not knowing exactly how to respond feeling incredibly nervous.



2 months ago #9186665        

HOW DO I REPLY IN HERE? HOW!!!!!????



3 months ago #9162697        

XD i would look like a perv or something over there because i will poke some one then pretend i did nothing just to see them freak XD



JWTB

16 M
3 months ago #9151915        

It is always kind of awkward as a touch person in a country where they don't move.



eax

24 M
3 months ago #9149809        

This kills me. I'm of British descent (I'm actually Australian but my dad is entirely English and carries the culture with him) but I've always been a touchy-feely person so there's always this disconnect between what I want and what I'm 'supposed' to be.



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