LOS ANGELES - With today's technology, we can reach anyone, anywhere, anytime. But there's one key connection we're missing -- physical human contact.
There are lines that cannot be crossed and unwanted or unprofessional conduct is never OK. But are we losing one of the oldest forms of communication?
There are too many proven benefits to ignore: NBA players who high-five win more games, and servers in restaurants who make contact with patrons receive better tips. Hugs actually strengthen the immune system, and pats on the back from doctors are known to boost the survival rate in patients with complex diseases. Even a simple handshake can strengthen the bonds between strangers.
Touch is such an essential part of communication, bonding, and health that babies won't survive without it. That need doesn't go away as we age. Touch is necessary for humans to flourish.
Words are powerful, but so is a reassuring pat on the arm or a giant bear hug. Humans are hardwired to know that it means we have each other's backs.