What social customs should we retire?

United States
September 16, 2021 3:40pm CST
Things like handshaking, bowing, phrasing like "how do you do" etc. What is something that is overdone and could be retired without consequences? I think handhshaking could be replaced with bowing. Same for hugs. This guarantees everyone will be comfortable. Some people just don't like hugs or handshakes, so it seems like a good practice anyway. what about you? What haven't I thought of here that we should retire as a society?
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@JimBo452020 (41913)
• Montrose, Scotland
16 Sep 21
I'm not bowing to someone when I beat them at darts. We.shake hands and say we'll played. Hugs are fine too. Don't stop hugs. People not liking shaking hands or hugging should wear a sign saying so. We shod not retire anything as a.society. If we don't want to do something as individuals that's fine, don't do it But just don't involve society in general.
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• Guadeloupe
16 Sep 21
@scribbledadnauseau Handshaking is just so unhygienic as is anything that brings people within three feet of me. I might concede to a handshake if people wore surgical gloves, but then I would want to know where all that glove had been.
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@JimBo452020 (41913)
• Montrose, Scotland
16 Sep 21
@Svidrigaylov Wear a sign then
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• Guadeloupe
16 Sep 21
@JimBo452020 Or refrain from showering - that should do it.
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@marlina (154582)
• Canada
16 Sep 21
People kissing you on the lips
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@jstory07 (125088)
• Roseburg, Oregon
16 Sep 21
That is gross if you do not know the person @marlina.
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@jstory07 (125088)
• Roseburg, Oregon
16 Sep 21
@JimBo452020 You want a stranger kissing you on the lips.
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@JimBo452020 (41913)
• Montrose, Scotland
16 Sep 21
I don't mind that
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@kaylachan (41436)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
16 Sep 21
I don't think bowing is approiate replacment for hugs or handshakes. If you're in a wheelchair, you can't bow, obviously. If you're blind, you're not going to know if someone is bowing out of respect, unless they're saying something at the same time. A hug or handshake can easily be refused if someone doesn't want it.
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@kaylachan (41436)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
18 Sep 21
@ScribbledAdNauseum No, it isn't. nor are handshakes. Sometimes, depending on the person, someone might ask if they can hug you. In instances where someone doesn't ask, it's easy to tell them to refrane from doing that.
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• United States
18 Sep 21
@kaylachan I'm glad you think so. I've had many situations where it was too late to say "please don't hug me", because they already had.
• United States
18 Sep 21
Can it, though? A handshake, sure, but a hug isn't always asked about before given.
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@jstory07 (125088)
• Roseburg, Oregon
16 Sep 21
I agree with the hugs . You should only hug people that you know.
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• United States
18 Sep 21
Here it's not uncommon for people to hug when they first meet. It's off-putting.
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@JimBo452020 (41913)
• Montrose, Scotland
16 Sep 21
True Nobody should be hugging total strangers
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@dya80dya (27839)
16 Sep 21
I don't like handshaking.
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• United States
18 Sep 21
It can be nervewracking. A hug, at least, is quicker.
@florelway (22296)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
16 Sep 21
hugs should only be for those close to you.
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• United States
18 Sep 21
It seems to be one thing that happens a lot in my area, but also just the older generations.
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@florelway (22296)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
18 Sep 21
@ScribbledAdNauseum kissing of hands is also common here.
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• United States
18 Sep 21
@florelway That isn't as common here. Perhaps from a grandmother to a grandchild, or from a male to a female lover.
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@DaddyEvil (112393)
• United States
17 Sep 21
Only the older generations still shake hands when they meet someone new... It's already phasing out.
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• United States
18 Sep 21
Hmm... Maybe I am old fashioned. I tend to shake hands or hug when I meet someone new.
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• United States
18 Sep 21
@DaddyEvil I don't initiate the hug, but I will initiate a handshake or atleast a nod at the person.
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@DaddyEvil (112393)
• United States
18 Sep 21
@ScribbledAdNauseum Well, as long as they're cute, I guess a hug would be okay-ish... there are a few people I'd pull away from... maybe... But yes, I did pull my hand back sometimes....
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