My daughter took a one credit pass/fail course over the summer. The class was practical: resume writing, linked in help, cover letter inclusions and how to act on an interview. There was one thing thought that the teacher did not know how to answer:
When you meet a prospective client or employer for the first time, what will replace the handshake?
When you meet someone now, what gesture are you going to use?
Do you bow?
Do you wave your hand in the air?
Do you nod your head?
Shake and immediately sanitize? There was a TV character Monk who had many issues, and he would expect someone to hand him a wipe after anyone touched him. Will we all become Monk?
And what if it’s a friend or acquaintance?
Hugs are taboo, much less the Euro two cheek kiss.
Do we all revert to the air kiss from six feet apart?
What about birthday parties?
Don’t you shudder at the thought of someone blowing out candles and then everyone taking a piece of cake?
There have always been instances when we touch other humans: touch is actually good if it’s wanted.
But what do we do now that we don’t think touching is so good anymore?
Will we retreat further into ourselves and grow farther away from human interaction?
Will the next big thing from Apple be little pods that we can seal ourselves up in, full body condoms, ensuring that we will be distanced from those around us?
How do we replace touch?
More importantly, do we want to replace touch?
Reach out and touch me by commenting your feelings.