Loneliness is increasing, as are its related negative health outcomes: Inflammation, high blood pressure, immunodeficiency, and cortisol, in addition to depression, anxiety, anger, and social isolation. Missing from the discussion is our lack of human touch. In the era of #metoo, we have made human touch suspect and off limits. What don’t we understand about human touch? Do we know how to access it? How can we have both individual boundaries and a touch-rich environment? We’ll explore the historical and current cultural context for our lack of touch, look at some possible solutions, and provide participants a rare opportunity at SXSW to get out of their heads and into their bodies by sharing simple human touch with other participants.
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