NEED FOR TOUCH
• Three out of every four adults agree with the statement, “Americans suffer from skin hunger.”
• More Americans live alone than ever before.
• Loneliness among American adults has increased 16 percent in the last decade.
“These facts help us understand the nature of skin hunger, which is both an acknowledgement that we don’t get as much affection as we need, and of our drive to get more. Our bodies know what they require to function properly, and research suggests that affection belongs on that list, right behind food, water, and rest.”
“American men are often missing out on the benefits of close man friendships. Studies reveal that men who have several close friends are generally happier and live longer than men who don’t.”
The History of Male Friendships/ The Art of Manliness by Bret & Kate McKay
"If men could diffuse their need for physical connection across a much wider set of platonic relationships, it would do wonders for our sense of connection in the world. As it is, we can’t even manage a proper hug because we can’t model what was never modeled for us."
How a Lack of Touch is Destroying Men by Mark Greene
“As a psychotherapist I understand that non-sexual touch is a basic human need. Without supportive touch we can suffer from “Skin Hunger,” feeling lonely. A group of nourishing platonic friends can be a wonderful source of non-sexual caring touch.”