Why we touch
Touch has a wide range of functions for us, including conveying emotion. Hugs and kisses, anyone?
It’s all over us
The skin is the biggest organ in the human body. In an adult, it covers an average of 22 square feet (2 square meters)!
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Why we all need human touch
“I just want someone to talk to, and a little of that human touch. Just a little of that human touch.” It looks like Bruce Springsteen was onto something. We really do need human touch, and not just a little–we actually need it a lot. We’ve needed it since the day we are born and throughout our lives.
A world without touch is hard to imagine, but as we live more isolated lives and interact less, this can indeed become a problem. Browse through the following gallery and learn why human touch is so important and why we all need it.
Before we see or hear
Touch is the first sense we use to send information to our brains before we’re born.
Why we touch
Touch can help us calm down from stress arousal, for instance. It can have a pacifying effect that words can’t match.
It calms us down
In fact, touch is so powerful that it can actually reduce blood pressure and decrease your heart rate.
Touch boosts the immune system
Research shows that hugs can boost our immune system and decrease disease.
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