We use our senses of vision and hearing more than we do our sense of touch.
Most people do not know that humans may have a very real need for physical touch every day.
Touch is a part of the physical closeness of two people that we cannot achieve at a distance and it gives us the sense of connectedness with people and with our environment.
Children require loving touch in order to develop socially and physically. Depriving a child of loving touch is seen as neglectful. Psychologist Harry Harlow famously studied baby monkeys who were deprived of both food and the touch of a mother and then had the choice of food or touch. The poor, lonely, baby monkeys chose touch over food. Humans are no different in our need for touch.
THE FUTURE OF PHYSICAL TOUCH
Technological advances have enabled even people at a distance to experience the touch of a loved one over the internet. This is possible through ‘haptic’ feedback connections. The receiver wears a device that mimics sensations on the skin. When the message sender starts a haptic conversation, the receiver can feel the touch from the sender with the help of the device that they wear.
In the future, you might not need a touchy partner to get your fill of positive feelings from physical touch daily. But until haptic devices become more common, you need to find a willing friend to let you enjoy their physical touch. Here are 5 reasons you need to have physical touch every day.
5 REASONS YOU NEED TO HAVE PHYSICAL TOUCH EVERY DAY
1. YOU NEED PHYSICAL TOUCH EVERY DAY TO COMMUNICATE
Humans are social beings and touch is a natural part of how we communicate with each other. Touch is usually used to communicate a shared meaning between two people. Think about the last time you put a hand on someone’s arm or shoulder. Were you sharing a joke?
The use of touch communicates a mutual bond over your conversation but there was absolutely zero attempt at touching your knee.