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silverfly's avatar

Do hugs exist on the internet?

Asked by silverfly (4045points) June 25th, 2010

Do they? Can they?

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rangerr's avatar

We just had this conversation, bananahead. Of course they can.
At least, the idea of them
</hug>

gemiwing's avatar

Yes. Human kindness isn’t limited by physical proximity.

silverfly's avatar

Maybe it would be best to first define a hug. Anybody? Something along the longs of a warm embrace between two or more people to express love…

James_Mal's avatar

@silverfly Wrapping your arms around someone and hoping they are okay with it and don’t press any charges!

dpworkin's avatar

In my opinion, Internet hugs are a smarmy artifact of AOL like intrusive emoticons and such puerile memes as “lol” and “bff”. They used to make me gag; now they just discount the user as being not very creative or comfortable with actual language.

partyparty's avatar

I am on the internet, and here is a HUG :-)

dpworkin's avatar

I rest my case.

gemiwing's avatar

@dpworkin (((Big sloppy hug with smoochie sounds)))
c’mon, you so knew that was coming

janbb's avatar

Have to say my preference is for real arms.

CMaz's avatar

I am hugging my computer right now…

Mmmmmm, and it feels so good.

free_fallin's avatar

@dpworkin That is a very narrow-minded assumption.

Hugs on the internet is the equivalent of sending good vibes and positive thoughts to another person. It in no way means the person believes they can actually hug the person through the internet. It also doesn’t mean they should be discounted as creative or intelligent for wanting to do something for another person and being unable to physically touch the person.

dpworkin's avatar

@free_fallin I don’t think it’s the least bit narrow-minded to prefer original language over prepared cliches.

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free_fallin's avatar

@dpworkin Your preference isn’t the problem. It’s the assumption you listed in your comment. There is a difference between stating your preference and making an ignorant assumption.

silverfly's avatar

How did this conversation about something loving become an argument?? ::Laughs::

CMaz's avatar

Now now… Internet hug time.

dpworkin's avatar

@free_fallin We disagree. I am quite comfortable with my assumption.

rangerr's avatar

@dpworkin D’awww. Does puppyface need a hug?

partyparty's avatar

@dpworkin Isn’t there a tiny, tiny inclination towards you wanting to HUG???
lighten up, enjoy!!

silverfly's avatar

Laughs @ChazMaz for suggesting a group internet hug.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

They’re like unicorns and meatloaf that tastes delicious.People say they exist,but I have not seen proof yet.

janbb's avatar

What about unicorn meatloaf? Now that’s delicious!

augustlan's avatar

<Hugs @dpworkin. Clearly, he needs one right now.>

The idea of a hug certainly exists in the virtual world. It’s a nice idea.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@janbb -Suuuuuuure it is! Everybody says that!;)

dpworkin's avatar

@augustlan It’s no improvement over comforting, supportive language.

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CMaz's avatar

And a hug!

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@dpworkin -I’ll take interpretive dance over words any day;)

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CMaz's avatar

Is a hug involved?

downtide's avatar

((hug))

Of course they do.

Facade's avatar

I love hugs! I prefer physical ones to virtual, but I’ll take what I can get!
hug

augustlan's avatar

[mod says] Personal attacks removed, hugs or no hugs. Knock it off, gentlemen.

Jude's avatar

I’m all about giving out hugs. Who wants one?

Virtual or in da flesh huggeroos.

dpworkin's avatar

Thanks, Auggie. That’s what I was waiting for.

Jude's avatar

I want to give Auggie a virtual hug..

janbb's avatar

I am about to go hug a very real grandson. Doesn’t get any better than that anywhere!

chyna's avatar

[{{hugs}}}

perspicacious's avatar

I want hugs to have real arms holding real bodies. I have been in the position of impossibility of real hug and tried very hard to imagine or think a hug to someone. Knowing someone wants to hug you is nice, but it’s just not a real hug until you actually embrace.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

I know it’s puerile and unoriginal, but <<hugs>> are one of the ways I can express myself on the internet that are denied me in real life. I can’t judge when it’s appropriate face-to-face (nonverbal cues confuse me), so I err on the side of caution; but in a purely written context my guesses are as good as anyones. To me it’s just a way of offering support to someone I know who seems to be feeling down; nothing more intended by it. Actual hugs are reserved for one or two people in the real world; not often even with them.

Draconess25's avatar

If there’s cybersex, then there’s cyberhugs.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

{augustlan} means hugs to @augustlan
She is very special.

YARNLADY's avatar

I appreciate the sentiment when someone gives me a virtual (hug) and when I pass them out, I sincerely mean them to be accepted as just as if I were actually there to perform the act.

augustlan's avatar

I would like to offer everyone some comforting, supportive language: I lurve you people. Really.

And a hug.

mattbrowne's avatar

We’ll have them in 2020. Full-body haptic suits for $199.

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