Everyone thinks hugs are soooo great and if you don't like hugging hello or goodbye you're some kind of socially deficient monster.
But hugging is a social minefield even for socially adept people.
Can we all agree there is NOTHING worse than the hug or handshake moment of confusion?
When you don't see it coming and don't have time to put your arms up
Or when you go in for a hug but then the other person has their hand out
Or that weird hug where both your arms go parallell instead of one over the shoulder:
When you don't know how hard you're supposed to squeeze:
You worry if you hug too hard they'll think you're trying to do one of these:
But you don't want to do:
Or if you're hugging a group of people goodbye but there's one person you just met
and GOD FORBID you have to hug someone you work with
There is only one solution. BAN HUGS.
No, Channing. Stay back. Hugs are banned.
I suggest instead the much underused hand wave: