Touch vs touchy-feely

teatimewithheyes replied to your post: Keeping your touchy-feely off others.

For some people, touching is part of normative cultural communication. I know this because I am a Yankee and I don’t like to be touched by or to touch strangers who happens to have met enough people who feel as I have described above.

That is true. I’m not talking about normative touch (for example, in some places shaking hands is socially expected). That has its own issues, but that’s not what I’m trying to address here.

I’m talking about people who go *beyond* socially normative touch in order to be more intimate with others than is socially normative.

That’s a bad thing to do even when it does not have any sexual overtones whatsoever.