Sex, HUGS, and Rock & Roll?: Today's Teenagers Embrace the Hug

Sheri Reed

hugging teenagers, hug, teensRecently, the NYT ran a piece called For Teenagers, Hello Means ‘How About a Hug?’ in which they chronicle the growing trend of hugging in high schools across the nation. And by hugging, we mean just that...hugging...

Have you noticed more hugging among teens?

According to the article, all this increased teen hugging has even led to some hugging peer pressure: "'If somebody were to not hug someone, to never hug anybody, people might be just a little wary of them and think they are weird or peculiar,' said Gabrielle Brown, a freshman at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School in Manhattan."

In a few cases, school principals have also had to clamp down on too much hugging in the hallways. It sounds like all these friendly, social embraces between girls and boys, girls and girls, and even boys and boys are causing some traffic jams in locker areas and becoming something to do to procrastinate getting to class on time (better than smoking, right? this is what my generation was doing...).

Maybe I'm naive, but I don't see anything wrong with this new hugging trend. It's so much better than all the other ways we hear that teens are choosing to make connections with each other, from sexting to bullying. I say let's celebrate this positive way of making contact, as long as it's within reason and only when wanted obviously. Let's not ban touching, for goodness sake.

No matter how our society evolves and progresses, teens still find ways to baffle us. They continue to push the mark, rebel against the formalities, and keep their parents guessing. But I say as long as teenagers continue to have a hard time opening up to their parents or other adults, as they have for generations, then let's let them hug one another.

Hugs for everyone (just don't block up the hallways)!

What do you think about all this teen hugging? Good or bad?

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