Oxford University scientists have recently created a series of ‘body maps’ that show people where it is appropriate to touch someone, including strangers. Well, my personal motto has always been ‘STRANGER DANGER’ but hey, I am not too old to change my antiquated ways.
In brief, the ‘touchability index’ provides a colour coded index for pretty much everyone from our loved ones, to colleagues to casual acquaintances to strangers on the bus. Essentially, this code is a necessary and important key to social interaction and you should use it, according to the Oxford University scientists (who clearly got bored with string theory and wanted a mental break from it.) Anyway, as you can see from the ‘body map’ the touchability index shows how comfortable males and females are with being touched on various parts of their body.
Further, the study showed that out of 5 European countries, Brits were the least touchy-feely. The 5 countries were: Britain, Finland, France, Italy and Russia. Russia? How did they make this list? Anyway, in general-the closer the relationship, the fewer areas of the body were taboo. But specifically, MEN did not want another man touching them, including the head and feet as no-go zones. However, the ENTIRE male body was up for grabs to a female stranger or acquaintance-with no part considered taboo. Gosh.
Here’s the thing. You just can’t go around touching people you don’t know. People don’t like it. Sometimes the police get involved. Keep your hands to yourself and PLEASE refer to this ‘body map’ often, if not frequently.