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NETIZEN – S’POREANS ARE UNCOMFORTABLE WITH HUGGING AS A FORM OF GREETING

How do Singaporeans feel about hugs in a non-romantic context? Eg. Goodbye hugs between bros, guy and girl friends greeting hug etc.

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Genuinely curious, my impression is that Singaporeans are uncomfortable with physical affection. Specifically asking in a non-romantic sense cuz obviously couples hug.

Netizens’ comments

  1. I find most Singaporeans are generally uncomfortable with greeting hugs. Let’s not even talk about comfort hugs like when your friend is very sad and crying.
    However, certain kinds of environments will change this behaviour and make people more accepting to hugs.
    -if you were in a girls’ school
    -if you spent time in a Western country with hugging culture
    -if you spent time with a lot of international students in Singapore
    -if your parents are more Westernised and more publicly display affection including hugging
    -if your friend becomes a hugger, you might become one over time too
  2. We don’t do that here.
  3. generally acceptable from beautiful women only
  4. 34F. Usually only for special occasions, like to comfort them when they are upset, seeing someone when they are relocating overseas and the like (not the regular “hi/bye” situation). And I’d only hug them if we’re very close. Rarely guys and most of the time they’re gay.
  5. Definitely i hate physical contact. I was super shocked when my female friend hug me to say goodbye, like no nd to be so drama ok lol. I expect myself to be uncomfortable even holding hands in public if i have a boyfriend.
  6. I have been hugged more times in the past year ever since I’m travelled solo on tours in the USA than in the past 30 years. Very common among white folk of all nationalities, and actually feels good to be honest.

And they’re all from girls while I’m a guy.

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