Handshakes are back
Despite what many people thought at the onset of the pandemic, the "ancient greeting" of handshakes was always going to come back. And it has.
- At no point during meetings or events that I’ve attended in L.A., Austin, D.C. or Cannes, France over the past two months did I hesitate to reach out and shake hands — nor did I sense hesitation from anyone else.
Case in point: My right hand was still throbbing hours after being painfully squeezed by someone I met for the first time at an event yesterday.
- The message I received in the two to three seconds (along with a strong, locked gaze) seemed to be: I’m in control and you probably don’t want to mess with me.
- Some context: As someone who has surprised other people with her own firm shake, the crushing I received yesterday was particularly noteworthy.
The big picture: The pandemic hasn’t technically ended, but people are clearly eager to get back to normal routines.
The bottom line: We can't replicate what we learn from human touch.