The End Of Handshakes?

from Seth’s Blog

In the future, of course, there are no handshakes. Star Trek, Star Wars, even Spaceballs… no one shakes hands.

And handshakes haven’t been the standard default for as long as we think–they were codified by the Quakers five hundred years ago, because they were thought to be more egalitarian than tipping a hat or bowing.

Today, of course, a handshake is often seen as a threat more than a disarming form of intimacy and equality.

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  1. This was a very interesting observation to what would become what is possibly the end of the act of handshakes. I liked the first line of the post, adding some humor and kind of pulling me in as to what the rest of the post would say. What is interesting about this is that it does not seem to have any relation to the current pandemic of the Corona Virus, and once reading the title, I thought it would mainly focus on this. However, I was surprised to read on and read what the post had to say. I was very intrigued to understand and learn why handshakes can be fading into non-existence in the near future. I thought the line,”In addition to being a vector for disease transmission, handshakes reward a certain sort of powerful personality and penalize people who might be disabled or uninterested in that sort of interaction. And judging people by the strength of their grip doesn’t make much sense anymore.” was interesting because there comes a time where people have the inability to do handshakes, and we are accustomed to regular verbal talk or informal gestures. It is interesting to note that written in the post reads, “Today, it comes across as generous… Add to this the fact that in a video call, there’s no way to shake hands. Hat tipping (or perhaps an informal Vulcan salute or simply a smile and a wave) might be making a comeback.” In my own personal experience, it seems as though the informal gesture is the new wave of the society. Even when passing by people it seems like the way to go. With or without the Virus going around, I think this will be the new thing in society.

  2. Shaking hands has always been a formal way to greet others especially in a professional setting. I have always wondered how exactly this greeting became a norm and found it interesting that according to the article, the Quakers established it five hundred years ago. Personally, I do not think there is much need for a handshake when meeting someone the first time and a simple introduction would work just as fine. I guess I can see how a handshake includes a physical touch which makes the greeting more personal and less standoffish which is a good start to a conversation. However, a lot of people do not like or want to physically touch someone they barely know because of germs and other personal reasonings. For example, the coronavirus is rapidly spreading and not many people are shaking hands in fear of catching the virus, but that does not mean they are unfriendly, or a bad person and they could still wave or tip their hat to them just as a means of precaution. Also, regarding the part in the article that states, “…handshakes reward a certain sort of powerful personality and penalize people who might be disabled … And judging people by the strength of their grip doesn’t make much sense anymore.” I do not think that a handshake holds that much power and judgement and is more just based on a formal greeting between individuals. I think that handshakes will more than likely be around for a long time to come because of how ingrained it is in our society today, but I also think that other forms of greetings will be used more often and sometimes in place of or alongside a handshake.

  3. Handshakes are very common and a formal way of introducing yourself when meeting somebody new for the first time. It is truly amazing by a simple act as shaking hands can turn into a “threat” of spreading germs and in today’s society spreading the deadly Coronavirus. From handshakes they could easily be used as a first impression of somebody based on how they shook your hand and with what kind of grip. But the tables have turned in society and a handshake is becoming less and less used by human interactions. For example as the blog states “And judging people by the strength of their grip doesn’t make much sense anymore”. With fewer people now shaking hands there is not much that can be told by a person’s grip and that face to face interaction may be coming to an end. I honestly believe that telling whether a person had a confident handshake or a weak handshake when meeting them for the first time can kind of get a feel and a sense if they were more confident or more on the shy side. Handshakes are known to be used for common courtesy and a sign of respect not only when meeting new people but when coming into contact with people every interaction. For example, when I would meet with people I am friendly with or even coaches the first thing I would do is say hello with a handshake. It is crazy to think that using a handshake can be coming to an end and there could be a new formal way of greeting someone when coming into contact with them.
    I believe there are two factors that come into play in the “end of the handshake” : the increased use of technology and the Coronavirus that has taken the world by storm. As the article mentioned “video call, there’s no way to shake hands”, conferencing and working through video call and facetime, many people will rarely be face to face with one another. With more and more work being done via online and people working remotely from home, when meeting new and old people in the workplace, there is no way to properly introduce yourself through a screen, at least with not a handshake. I really like what Trevor said in his comments that “handshakes are not seen as a threat. Handshakes are a more formal introduction”. This is very true and I agree with this, one instance occurred recently and that was a few weekends ago during my baseball season. My team and I were playing against the University of Delaware and like any other college sporting event, when the event concludes you shake hands with the other team as a sign of respect and say “good game”. Shaking hands stopped once the spread of Coronavirus became more serious and now there was no more of greeting the other team to show sportsmanship. Many people can still show their personality and respect for each other in various ways by not shaking hands.

  4. In my personal experience nowadays, I normally don’t handshake with my friends but instead we might greet each other by saying “What’s up” for example. I feel like handshakes are used today in society professionally in jobs since it is the right thing to do in that type of environment. There are times when handshaking can still be used when you meet someone for the first time since the normal introduction is to shake their hand and introduce yourself because that is how we were taught to do in society. While I do not think handshakes are a thing of the past and not use them anymore, I do think that the world we live in today, we have other ways to substitute the handshake through verbal use to others. Since society essentially revolves around technology, people have the opportunity to meet others online through text and video chat and since this is not in person, they can greet each other through a handshake. Especially in this time with the coronavirus pandemic, handshakes are something that people are preventing because there can be a transfer of germs when shaking someones hand and since the coronavirus is so contagious, handshakes won’t be used for a little while. In the blog it talks about how “Hat tipping (or perhaps an informal Vulcan salute or simply a smile and a wave) might be making a comeback”. I always thought that this form of introduction was always still popular among people in society so I don’t think that these forms of introduction will be making a “Comeback” because it always has been a thing. When someone is shaking others hands, they tend to have a very firm grip which I think is excessive because it is a formal greeting, but the other person is squeezing someone’s hand so hard that it can send mixed signals to others and you can’t really judge someone’s character by the strength of their handshake

  5. A handshake has been a formal sign of greeting for a long time. This article provides an interesting, but also different way of viewing handshakes. However, I do not agree with Seth’s blog wholeheartedly. He believes that the handshake will soon be extinct. Due to the advances in technology, our in person interaction with each other will continue to go down thus eliminating handshakes. “In a video call, there’s no way to shake hands.” The shaking of hands is also way to potentially spread germs and transmit diseases. This is indeed true, and the current coronavirus pandemic has only strengthened this. Handshakes certainly will not be occurring as often due to the fears the virus has caused. That being said, I do not believe handshakes will come to end nor that they are “often seen as a threat more than a disarming form of intimacy and equality.” I believe that handshakes are a sign of welcome or act to show respect to a person. I have never seen someone become threatened due them receiving a handshake. A handshake is a two way street, someone has to initiate it but the other person still has to accept it. If there is no acceptance by the other person than the handshake does not occur. In my experience, the other person that I am shaking hands with is smiling and happy to do so. This is one of my reasons as to why handshakes will not disappear, it is something that natural occurs. Face to face interaction will never disappear, and a handshake is a natural way of greeting someone. This natural way of greeting someone will not change, it will continue to be present heavily in the business world and even else where. At sporting events, the players and even fans are shaking hands constantly. How is that going to change? I understand the fears of spreading germs and diseases, but it is up to us to stay. The handshake was “codified by the Quakers five hundred years ago,” and I believe it will continue to be relevant now and for years to come. It will always be a formal way sign between two people.

  6. Although handshakes are not as popular as they once were, they are still a widely used form of respect and leave a strong first impression. For this reason is why they will never die off, only raise in importance. I think that handshakes have even raised in status because they give off a better impression than they once did. Back in the day, everyone knew to shake another person’s hand, versus today where not everyone does so. Nowadays if you shake someone’s hand, you leave an even better impression because not everyone knows or remembers to do it. Handshaking is not a norm, but it is still important.
    For example, a boy who shakes the hand of his girlfriends’ father will leave a better impression versus someone who does not. Additionally, shaking the hand of your interviewer or interviewers will be more impactful and perhaps even give you a higher chance of being hired. Handshaking is vital if you want to make a good impression. I was even praised for doing so at the end of my auxiliary police interview. It was a panel of five officers who interviewed me, and before sitting down across from them, I went up to each one and shook their hand. I followed suit at the end of the interview where I also shook their hand before exiting. They told me that I was the only one who had made this gesture, and needless to say, I was accepted and am currently in the academy where after I graduate, I will be an auxiliary officer. The fact that they felt it was important enough to mention shows the impact handshaking has on people. Especially because I am young, it makes for a good impression on others. It ultimately sets the tone for your abilities and more.
    Handshakes will never die. Whether as a form of respect or as a form of agreement, they are necessary and always will be. As I get older, the importance of handshakes will continue to raise, and I will be sure to point out the select few who make sure to keep its importance alive.

  7. This short blog post is the epitome of the times that we are currently living in. It is almost inevitable to say that handshakes will soon become less than we have seen, and even disappear all together. In my personal life, I do not shake hands with my friends or my family because at that point in the relationship, a simple “Hey”, “What’s up?” or even a smile and wave will suffice. Handshakes are used more and more in professional instances when one may be trying to establish dominance by “the squeeze of a hand” or if one is trying to gain respect. Society does deem it necessary that when you meet someone for the first time that you shake their hand. However, nowadays people are very consumed with the amount of germs one is carrying around with them and if it is clean enough to be able to physically touch others. I feel that the level of hesitation is understandable considering what has been going on in the news recently about the corona-virus and how it is essentially taking over the world and invoking much more panic than is necessary.
    The fact that people just do not feel as obligated to interact via handshake anymore is a result of the increases in technology that we have also. As stated in the blog, “the fact that in a video call, there is no way to shake hands”, proves that many would rather speak through a video screen or some sort of technological communication, rather than be face to face. This may be different from the old way of doing things but the way that I interpret the situation is if someone is out of town and needs to meet video is the way to go. If someone is sick and but needs to meet right away we have the technology to do so. I get the explanation of “hat tipping” and hand shaking as was done by the Quakers, but I feel that as the times evolve and more and more diseases are being discovered, we should be smart with how we interact.
    Handshakes can be considered “generous” as well as “a threat” of some kind. The reality is that when the new comes out with way to prevent getting sick and the media blows diseases out of proportion, our society will become panicked and do anything in their power to not come in contact with other human beings.

  8. This article was an interesting take on how their view is on the action of handshakes. The way the author views it is a way for germs to spread and that was about it. The main concern was disease transmission or that people will be too socially awkward to shake someone’s hand. I just do not see that as the case. Handshakes have been built into our society and serve as another way to say hello or acknowledge another person.
    In my everyday life, I almost shake everyone’s hand when I see someone I know. In our generation we have a hand gesture called a “dap” so it is still you shaking another person’s hand. I see younger kids doing the same thing so I do not see handshakes going anywhere. In the real world, especially in the business field, handshakes are a formal way of introducing yourself to potential employers or clients. It is a gesture used to show respect and to introduce oneself.
    Another reason I do not see handshakes going away is that it is throughout sports and athletes. Every single basketball, baseball, or football game has players each doing their signature handshakes with their teammates. Athletes are role models for the younger generation and affect how younger kids act a lot more than people think. When a kid is watching his favorite player getting introduced before a game and see him doing all his pregame rituals like handshakes, the kid is going to mimic those actions and repeat what he saw. Handshakes have been a staple in our society for a while and I do not see it going anywhere anytime soon.

  9. Personally, I think handshakes will never really go away. Handshakes are a formal hello or form of unity that strangers or friends share with each other. Usually, when meeting someone for the first time or seeing a friend the first instinct people do is put their hand out and give them a handshake. With everything going on with the corona virus, it has been more likely seeing people meeting for the first time not shaking hands but sticking elbows out or giving them a fist pound. Personally, I have caught myself doing this to strangers as I don’t know if they could be passing germs onto me that could endanger me in the long run. Yet, I have seen myself shaking hands with people who are close to me such as friends as I feel as if they would let me know if they were sick and had germs on their hands. In the short article, the writer tries to explain theory’s or ways in which handshakes will no longer be a thing in the future. I feel as if everyone’s first instinct when seeing someone they know or do not know is to have a handshake between one another. I don’t think there is a situation in which people would not handshake each other other then not wanting to touch a strangers hand due to the corona virus that has recently spread throughout the United States

  10. I think the reference to people not shaking hands with one another in futuristic films like Star Wars, is quite funny but eerie at the same time. This is because we are currently in the midst of a global pandemic due to a coronavirus dubbed COVID-19. Governments around the world are shutting down public spaces and urging people to practice social distancing. Additionally, schools are being moved online to avoid human interaction as much as possible in the hopes of limiting the spread of this virus. Perhaps the creators of futuristic science-fiction films knew something we didn’t… until now.

    All jokes aside, maybe this is the direction our society is heading in and I am not so sure if it would be an entirely bad thing. Aside from potentially awkward fist bumps with your boss, it would significantly reduce the spread of germs and viruses. According to research from the University of Colorado, on average we carry 3,200 bacteria from 150 different species on our hands. (TheConversation) It is important to remember that the world is no longer a big place. Globalization has made it very easy to interact with people all over the world and the ease for people travel from country to country leaves everyone on Earth vulnerable to the spread of diseases. Perhaps by doing something so little, such as eliminating handshakes for alternative methods like fist bumps or waving to one another, we can greatly lower the chances of transmitting diseases around the world.

  11. I do not agree that handshakes are going to be non-existent in the future. Handshakes today may have faded away due to the viruses and illnesses that are spreading around , yet that is only temporary. Shaking ones hand is a sign of respect and is the first step of getting to know someone , whether it be an employer or a friend. Handshakes are a symbol of two people coming together in a more formal way , anyone can wave at you or say hello , yet when a handshake is added it means a lot more. From experience, a handshake is one of the first impressions employers make , they want to see how strong and firm it is , meaning you are a confident candidate versus if it is weak and does not make the employee feel that you are perfect for the job. Another way that handshakes are used as a symbol of respect is during sporting events. Once a person from the opposite team or your opponent walks off the stage or field without shaking your hand , it can make that person seem as if they are a sore loser or that their head is now big because they beat you in the game. Overall, handshakes will never go out of style and will be around forever because it is a sign of respect and without respect no one will ever want to be around or work with you .

  12. I was very shocked when I saw the headline for this blog and was interested to read the blog in its entirety to see what would be stated. It discusses that handshakes may become a thing of the past. “In the future, of course, there are no handshakes. Star Trek, Star Wars, even Spaceballs… no one shakes hands,” I thought was a comical hook to keep the reader interested. Personally, I don’t think handshakes will ever really go away. They are used every day in almost any situation, like in sports or in business. Handshakes have been so engrained into our culture, that it is such a natural instinct and gesture. I don’t really see people, especially men, thinking one day, “I’m going to stop using handshakes just because.” I also don’t think handshakes are perceived as a threat. They are used to acquaint or greet themselves to others. It is used to show interest, manners, and respect for another person. Something the article talked about that I never thought of is, the possible inability for disabled people to use handshakes. “handshakes reward a certain sort of powerful personality and penalize people who might be disabled or uninterested in that sort of interaction.” Although, this may be hard for these specific people, I don’t think this will affect the entire culture of a handshake. However, in the midst of this worldwide outbreak, it may be seen as a threat. Right now, people are definitely more hesitant to go in for a handshake or even any type of contact with others.

  13. To think that using a handshake to introduce or say hello to someone no longer being a thing seems like a strange concept. Although handshakes are mostly part of the American culture and is not as often used in other cultures around the world, it is still weird to think that we would no longer use handshakes in our everyday life. I hear the argument that Seth is talking about regarding the nature that technology will soon be taking over much of our daily interaction and we will no longer need to use handshakes to introduce ourselves over video chat. For me at least, giving a handshake is something that is ingrained in my nature as a person and it is something that I use no matter the situation, whether I am introducing my self to someone or saying goodbye or hello to them. Though I realize that the world is changing it is something that myself and I would think a lot of other people would have to get used to doing in the future of business and conversation in general. That is just the nature of the future, things are changing and we need to get used to the changes whether it is a small thing like a handshake or something much bigger no matter what can change.

  14. This article serves as a reminder of something that we usually ignore: Everything that surrounds us is subject to change or end. Gradual or unexpected, all aspects of our society are going through constant changes, evolving as time goes by. Fashion, for example, is an aspect of our society that changes frequently in short periods of time. We are all familiar with the distinctive clothing combinations and styles that had characterized every decade of the past century. Changes, however, can occur with some aspects of society that had been the same for a longer period of time. Although usually gradual, these changes can cause a social dilema. Changing an aspect that had already been socially established for a long time, may be progressive but may also go against the perspectives of the traditionalist and conservative population. As time goes by, we have noticed that this perspective is usually subdued by its liberal counterpart. Issues such as the role of women in society and the rights of the LGBT community are still of concern because, despite having a majority in their favor, opposing opinions still exist. These are obviously larger issues than the way we greet each other, but if we think about it, the way in which they evolve is not that different. Changes are the natural response of society to a new way of thinking. This means that aspects that were once a standard may become obsolete. Handshakes is a perfect example because even though it has been a greeting standard for a long period of time, it has no longer the same importance. It started by being a standard in all settings, then it became a standard in a professional setting, and now even that has changed. There’s obviously that part of the population that will stick to handshaking, but, as mentioned before, it will be eventually subdued by the perspectives of new generations that will consider such traditional practice to be outdated and not versatile. Now, with the spread of the Covid-19, handshakes seem to be less frequent even in highly professional and political settings. We’ll have to wait and see if this greeting tradition actually dies out.

  15. Wow that’s actually crazy but at the same time it makes a lot of sense. Especially now with the coronavirus nobody wants to touch let alone even leave their homes anymore. But shaking hands has been a dying art for awhile now, the only reason people shake hands is when you want to come off as professional so we have always been told to have a firm handshake whenever meeting someone who is of importance. In day to day life nobody goes around shaking hands anymore, when you shake hands it usually lasts between 2-3 seconds but when you fist bump or “dap” someone up its quick you’re in an and you’re out you don’t linger in the moment or waste time. It is usually just a quick tap and that’s all you need to say hello. Since disease is rampant on these streets lately, we have to come up with new ways we can say hello to people, the best option is usually to just use your words that way you don’t have any physical contact between one another. Sometimes saying hello verbally does bot do the job so you need to do something more especially if its someone you have a close relationship with you don’t want to greet them in a simple generic way that you use for everybody that you meet but you want to have something more personal so that you can feel the connection between you and that person. So, you can get that you and I are more than friends I consider you to be a brother feeling and you can get that feeling from touch. So if we had to come up with some different ways that we can say hello besides verbally I think a good one is by using your feet just touch feet with each other, that way its also just a quick tap your in and your out but you send that message that you are not just any random person but you and I have a personal relationship. Another method could be taping elbows with one another that’s another quick in and out method but also sends the personal message to one another. So, these are just a couple of examples of new ways you can greet each. But honestly the most important thing is that you stay vigilant and careful in these dark times so that you are not caught lacking.

  16. Handshaking someone has been a proper and formal form of introduction at the start of a conversation, interview, sporting event, government meeting, etc. Although with the coronavirus on the rise; television, media, and different forms of entertainment are resulting into different ways of introducing or greeting someone. As the article states, “In the future, of course, there are no handshakes. Star Trek, Star Wars, even Spaceballs… no one shakes hands.” Seth’s blog post created interesting examples of what some movies do that are projecting what the future may lie ahead.
    The other reason some are stopping handshakes is how some people have beliefs on the social impact you receive after giving someone in a higher power a handshake. Many jobs have been affected by this, because some employers want a good first impression, “the cover of a book.” If a potential employee doesn’t get the right start, they won’t be able to get a chance to show what is inside.
    The biggest discussion that could potentially shutdown handshakes, is the COVID-19 virus, otherwise known as the Coronavirus. In the past week, the nation has started to panic. States across the country have declared a state of emergency, universities are shutting their semesters down, all major league sports besides UFC have shut down competition until further notice, the NCAA suspended the March Madness Tournament and cancelled the remainder of the winter and spring athletic seasons for colleges in the United States. With the number of cases growing every day without warning, citizens are taking every precaution to stay away from incidental contact with others, as the virus can remain on someone’s body even without showing symptoms.
    In addition, winter months are still the time of the year in the leading rate of viral infections, and every year continues to rise. Colder weather is able to emerge the virus at a more effective rate, as the colder weather protects the virus from dying. For countries that don’t greet formally with a handshake, they are in a deeper risk. For example, France is known for their common greeting of cheek-to-cheek kissing. This affects the culture of the French and the citizens they generally greet in that manner. If the coronavirus continues to spread, it will be interesting with the new ways people will greet each other, if they even will at all.

  17. Seth brings up a couple great points as to why he thinks handshakes are going to become a thing of the past and I would have to agree yet disagree at the same time. I think it is way to early to be making a claim like that and saying that this is going to be the new normal forever. Handshakes and embraces have always signified a deeper meaning of relationship for as long as we can remember. This is a way of truly getting points across through actual interactions rather than words. As of the moment in our history though, we are not going to be engaging in this right now. With the corona virus now in the United States with many unconfirmed cases because of not enough testing, we are forced to be as careful as possible. There is no such thing as too safe when it comes to the safety of our health. As mentioned in the article, many things can be substituted with the common handshake at this very moment. Very big things in the past were to tip a hat or bowing. Unfortunately, I don’t think any of these will get adopted back because not too many people even wear hats anymore, and bowing is too far from what Americans are used to doing to start that. I have seen many people bumping shoulders now which limits the number of germs being transferred, while still giving us that same human interaction with each other that is more than words. One thing I do not like in this article is the fact that Seth states that handshakes are almost discriminatory towards certain people. He states that because some people may have disabilities which prevent them from doing so, this is a main reason they may go away. There are ways of doing things that are for people with an unfortunate circumstance of not being able to handshake, but that does not mean that the rest of the world has to stop doing it because of that. That is too small of a category to try and change the entire norm of society because of.

  18. With the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus and the classification of it as a pandemic in the past couple of days, mass panic has begun to ensue. Thus, in turn causing the closing of hundreds of universities, the shutting down of almost every major professional sporting event, and the cancellation of mass gatherings, such as concerts or conventions. Leaving many to fear the spread of the new highly contagious disease, making them take precautions that they may not typically take, such as washing hands more than usual, refraining from contact with other people, and avoiding highly populated public places. In turn, it is causing many past customs to fall out of style, such as the shaking of one’s hand due to the fear that it may lead to the passing of the disease. The salutation and the scrutiny recently formed around it was discussed in a recent post on Seth’s Blog titled, The end of handshakes? In the post, it is explained how in recent times, the fear of the spread of diseases and all the meetings that are taking place online, the handshake being used as a greeting is becoming less of a commonplace. Seth states that handshakes have become “a vector for disease transmission” and that “handshakes reward a certain sort of powerful personality and penalize people who might be disabled or uninterested in that sort of interaction”. Showing that handshakes have drifted far away from what they originally were intended to be as the article states that handshakes were “codified by the Quakers five hundred years ago because they were thought to be more egalitarian than tipping a hat or bowing”. With the handshake straying away from what it was initially meant to be; a more equal greeting, do impart to some people viewing had shaken as a disease transmitter and semi threating.
    Many have begun to wonder what might take its place; with the current society being highly digitized, the new gesture needs to not merely just be something that can be done in person but also something that can be performed while on a video call. The idea of a new greeting isn’t necessarily something new that was brought about with all the pandemonium about the virus currently spreading around with many movies from the past, referencing the future, all having a different greeting. In words of Seth in the future, of course, there are no handshakes. Star Trek, Star Wars, even Spaceballs… no one shakes hands”. With a new greeting almost always referenced in the future was a global pandemic really the straw that broke the camel’s back and ended the handshake. Or will the handshake prevail on into the future and simply never be replaced, if history provides any context almost every few hundred years or so a new salutation emerges, and with the handshake being around for 500 years, maybe now its time has come.

  19. Especially with the Coronavirus pandemic that is plaguing the country as well as a good portion of the rest of the world, handshakes seem to be more of a relic than anything else. The handshake seems to be causing more harm than it shows any type of respect or show of friendship. When a person handshake they transfer far more germs than any other type of greeting. Also, there are many different types of greetings that are far safer and in other ways more inviting. I propose that the handshake be replaced by the far more colloquial fist bump. I understand that the fist bump is incredibly informal; however, the greeting is far safer and inviting compared to the handshake. In fact, many well-respected people have used the fist bump over the traditional handshake. This would include the former president Barak Obama and the Dali Lama. Studies have shown that a fist bump transfers nearly 90 percent fewer germs than a handshake. This would curb the transfer of many diseases and ailments currently impacting the world. On another note, the handshake’s origin is one that really doesn’t show friendliness and good faith. It dates back to the 5th century as a term of peace, showing that neither party is carrying a weapon. To me, this seems less like a symbol of good faith and more like a parlay of sorts. A fist bump is much more casual and has more of a connotation with friendliness and a sense of true peace. But the main point of transitioning out of the handshake at the bottom line is to stop the disease. With the Coronavirus spreading, schools shutting down, events being canceled and postponed, it is clear that handshakes are a formality of the past and should be abandoned for a safer greeting. Even if individuals find that the handshake is too colloquial, there are many alternatives to the germ spreading traditions of handshaking. In some cultures, it is common to not even make contact with another person. Many cultures bow, some even just wave or nod at another person. There is no real

  20. Because of what is going on in the world right now, when I initially saw the title, “The end of handshakes” of Seth’s blog I immediately thought of the Corona Virus. The end of handshakes because people were too cautious about contracting the virus. But after reading Seth’s Blog, the main purpose I interpreted was not stopping handshakes because people did not want to contract any virus.
    What Seth’s Blog Brings to attention is the end of handshakes because of handshakes being “a disarming form of intimacy and equality. Seth mentions that “handshakes reward a certain sort of powerful personality and penalize people who might be disabled or uninterested in that sort of interaction. And judging people by the strength of their grip doesn’t make much sense anymore.” Being privileged in the sense that I am not disabled Seth’s comments are quite an eye-opener for me. Seth could be opening further discussion on the topic of privilege as well. For instance, being insensitive to things like handshakes, which can be seen to some as a small issue can mean so much to someone who cannot give handshakes.
    Furthermore, Seth also states, “judging people by the strength of their grip doesn’t make much sense anymore,” which contradicts what children were taught growing up. We are taught that firm handshakes are related to confidence, and if the handshake isn’t firm you then become questionable. I never questioned how ridiculous it sounds until Seth brought it up in his blog.
    Seth may also be creating a deeper discussion on letting go of stereotypes or flawed rules and regulations we were taught at a very young age. Or maybe what someone learned in the past was correct at the time but years later things change, and people need to adapt to the change occurring.
    Seth also brings up that in the future there are no handshakes. Also, on video calls, there are no handshakes. Which to me, Seth is eluding to the world of technology slowly taking over. Maybe humans will adapt to change and create a new universal alternative to the handshake.

  21. In the article, “The End of Handshakes?” by Seth’s Blog, he makes some points about the future of handshakes that I agree with, such as the greeting dying. To be honest if handshakes go out of fashion, I would be really happy. I have always struggled with greeting people since I was young because I have always thought handshakes were weird. The timing of the handshake always tripped me out and for some reason my brain cannot understand the logic of a handshake and I always overthink it. Do you say hello and then extend your arm? Extend your arm and then say hello? What if you are stuck standing there and the person has not seen you yet? That’s just embarrassing. To make matters even worse, since my parents are immigrants from Europe most of my family does the double cheek kiss when greeting each other. I desperately want those to go out of fashion too, they put me in an even worse position than handshakes. Also, some people reek of body odor and I can’t handle it. I am content standing back and making eye contact with someone, smiling, and saying hello, even a hat tip is acceptable. I do not understand why two people have to touch each other to confirm that they greeted each other. Handshakes are a mess. At the moment with the Coronavirus it is wise for people to not shake hands, to prevent the rapid spreading of the virus. Seth also states, “in addition to being a vector for disease transmission, handshakes reward a certain sort of powerful personality and penalize people who might be disabled or uninterested in that sort of interaction.” He acknowledges people like me who are not interested in handshakes and brings up a point I have never considered, disabled people who do not have the ability to perform a handshake. I recall a few movie scenes where characters would embarrass themselves going in for a handshake and slowly realizing the other person was not capable of shaking it. To prevent these types of awkward interactions I think the general public should mutually agree that handshakes are thing of the past.

  22. I am going to have to disagree with the blog since I do not believe that handshakes are going to be going anywhere anytime soon. As the author has stated, handshakes have been around for more than 500 years; in these 500 years I don’t believe that the gesture of a handshake has shown any sign of slowing down. Handshakes have become standard in not only the business world but in everyday life also. For example whenever meeting someone new, even when not in a business atmosphere, you usually greet with a handshake as a sign of respect and a greeting. And although I do agree with not judging someone’s character by the way they shake hands, it is sad to say that a more firm and short handshake is still used today as a part of a first impression. When meeting someone for the first time, male or female, I was taught to grip firm, one shake (up and down once), and to keep eye contact. I notice handshakes most commonly among friends, with males using them more often than females. A simple handshake is commonly used in place of a verbal greeting or is at least accompanied by one. Different types of handshakes in these settings are used to show just how close the two people are. For instance, the more complex the handshake usually means the closer the two people are. I am unaware where this ideal first spawned from but it is an easy way to show certain levels of respect without actually saying anything. I believe that as of today, handshakes are becoming a lot less common due to the corona virus but that is only because people are afraid of the virus; but even then I see people tapping elbows or even feet in place of the standard handshake. Once this coronavirus blows over, I believe that handshakes will slowly come back into style.

  23. The origins of the handshake are well intentioned. It was a gesture between Roman soldiers to show that each person was not carrying a weapon. It is meant to display good nature, but as Seth mentions in his blog, in this age of deadly viruses, that friendly gesture may be the end of you. Seth describes a handshake as a “vector for disease transmission”. That could not be more relevant than in today’s world, where the coronavirus can be spread through respiratory “spit”. That’s why the media and health officials emphasize washing your hands thoroughly, so that in the event you exchange hands with someone, you don’t spread this disease. There are more hygienic alternatives to a handshake, however.
    While the handshake is a popular handshake worldwide, other cultures have their own unique greetings. In Arab countries, a kiss on the cheek is commonplace and New Zealand Maoris touch noses. These are only just a few examples, but it just shows that some cultures are not any more sanitary than others, however some are. In many Asian countries, a bow is used as a sign of respect, therein no physical contact. In American culture, the usage of the fist bump is very popular and does not convey a power struggle as Seth implies with the handshake.
    Seth claims that a handshake rewards those who have powerful personalities. According to the Beckman Institute, a handshake has the power to dictate how the rest of an interaction will turn out. Socially, if you do not present yourself with a strong handshake you defer yourself as the inferior in the interaction. If this were the case of a job interview, you would likely lose the opportunity to someone who gave a firm, confident handshake.
    Speaking of which, because of the age we live in, digital interviews are on the rise if not already present. Seth mentions the lack of this dynamic, saying “in a video call, there’s no way to shake hands”. This may prove useful to that population that he calls “disabled or uninterested”. As with most societal traditions, it will continue to evolve and a few centuries from now, a new greeting will take place.

  24. I completely understand why handshakes are currently not the way to go in terms of greeting someone today. While handshakes might not be the way to go today, I feel the author was attempting to justify the lack of handshakes by stating that in the future there are no handshakes. I do not think handshakes are going to go away once this pandemic dies down, and I think the author using sci-fi movies as a way of explaining why handshakes are not in the future is a bit dumb. The lack of handshakes in a sci-fi movie is definitely not because they are going away to prevent viral spread, it was just to make the characters in a movie look cool. Handshakes are a greeting staple, and they go a long way during first impressions, whether it be going to a job interview, meeting a significant other’s family, or even making an impression for a client of your business. Imagine walking into a job interview, and greeting your interviewer with the vulcan salute from Star Trek. It sounds ridiculous, the image is ridiculous, and that’s because it is ridiculous. While Seth states that judging someone by their grip does not make much sense anymore, that is up for debate as it is just an opinion. Judging someone by their grip can help you determine how confident your candidate for a job is among other things. While currently handshakes are not at all the way to go, it is not going to be that way forever. Once the world finally gets a grip on this viral outbreak, hopefully sooner rather than later, we can finally go back to a professional way of greeting, and not using a foot kick or touching elbows or even doing a vulcan salute. Just because handshakes are not done in futuristic movies, it does not mean they will not be done in our future, in this reality. Basing an argument off of something from a movie is essentially the same as basing an argument off of facts gathered from an disreputable source like The Onion on the internet. People always make the argument to not believe anything on the internet, well do not base an argument off of something from a movie.

  25. I found this article intriguing to read about handshakes. As mentioned in the article, people in the past used to tip their hat or bow when greeting someone. In some cultures, people kiss on the cheek to the person they are greeting to. But in my opinion, handshakes will never die. Handshakes have always been the way to greet someone when you first meet them and it’s also considered a sign of respect. Today, people still use handshakes when they are trying to get acquainted with someone. On the other hand, it is rarely used nowadays especially in my generation. When I greet someone I know, I usually give them a smile and wave at them. But today with the coronavirus spreading, people are hesitant to touch another persons hand without thinking they might have the virus. While, the virus is still spreading it makes me wonder if the article could be true or not, given the fact people won’t be touching hands until the virus is gone.

  26. This is an interesting take on the validity of handshakes and if we should rethink the tradition to reflect true collaboration and comradery that handshakes are trying to accomplish. The handshake has recently been abandoned by countless officials and people around the globe, as it is extremely dangerous in transferring disease and easily replaceable with other forms of greetings. In President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency as the corona virus has begun to infect the population, infectious disease specialists refused to touch his hand and instead went to bump elbows with Trump, warranting a chuckle from the president and the crowd. While i think traditions do have a place in our society and our way of life, I definitely agree with the idea that we should be evaluating them if common sense concerns of their safety are present. Handshaking is basically just a non-auditory greeting that doubles as a petri dish for bacteria and disease to spread rapidly across people. This fact makes the formality and status symbol of handshakes much less appealing and even somewhat useless. On top of the biological reasons for the general irrelevance of the handshake is the psychological implications of the motion. The greeting does have a certain assertive nature to it which is often used to intimidate and dominate over another party that may not be as confident in their level of bargaining power or of themselves in general. In this way, handshaking can seem quite inconsiderate and a sure fire way to create an imbalance in the conversation that may present problems in the future. I believe that my generation is catching on to the change, considering you see it much less often among the younger adults in the world unless they are speaking to the more established members of society. Of the break in traditionally held beliefs that I have seen with the disregard to things like table manners and respect in young adults specifically, I cannot say that I disagree in the same way at all with the questioning of the handshake. In my opinion, the biological reason holds much more weight than the psychological one, and especially in a time period like this one with an extremely contagious virus circulating around the globe. The normalization of the handshake is an obviously preventable method that these illnesses are spreading from people that may not have made any physical contact with each other at all other wise, considering most of the handshake greetings I have seen are professional and between parties who are unfamiliar with each other. We should definitely move away from this practice as it only produces a negative outcome or no outcome at all besides the fact you have now been awkwardly introduced to someone.

  27. I found this article very interesting and very appropriate for the world situation we are living in. I had never thought that in futuristic scenarios like Star Strek or Star Wars there is no such thing as a handshake. Instead, there is another type of greeting that does not involve human contact. To date, the handshake has been implemented as a standard social greeting in most countries. Although it is true that, several options involve less direct contact such as wave your hand or waving with a closed fist, the handshake is still the most normal form of greeting. It has always been recommended to avoid it in case of being sick or in case of epidemics or pandemics. But, due to the coronavirus, the handshake is being banned and is disappearing, as it is one of the most common ways by which the coronavirus spreads.
    I believe that, after this pandemic, even though the situation has calmed down and the coronavirus has been controlled, the handshake may be on the verge of disappearing or at least, the number of people who greet each other in this way will decrease considerably since it can continue to transmit other diseases and since fear will still be present in the world population.

  28. The symbolism that a handshake holds and its meaning behind it has always been taught to us as having significant value. In almost every career development class or session I have attended, people leading them have told everyone that the first thing we should do in a professional setting is to shake the opposing party’s hand. The absence of this in for example, an interview, would immediately create an impression for the interviewers when the candidate walks in. Recently, the situation in our world today has deteriorated to a level that nobody had ever imagined with this dangerous virus to the point where handshakes are no longer realistic due to the concern for people’s health. Personally, it is odd being at work and not being able to shake people’s hand when introducing myself because this is a part of our culture now and will take some time for it to make that transition.
    The current status of the situation has brought up the question of whether this could be the end of handshakes and I think it is a valid point to consider. By following through with handshakes, this could potentially transmit a dangerous virus to others when this could easily be avoided. Another great point brought up in this article was on if a handshake really is the best form of communication when first meeting people. As stated in the article, handshakes were something that was started by the Quakers years ago and till date still holds the same amount of value, if not more. One aspect behind the symbolism of a handshake is the grip and strength a person has on it. If one does not have a firm grip on the shake, that again is something that creates a negative impression on others. It is almost silly to think that one little aspect of a gesture can start off a conversation or meeting on a negative note.
    Overall, I wouldn’t be surprised if this would be the end to handshakes, especially given the situation with COVID-19. Although, positive aspects can come from this as well as this can now give people another opportunity to create a lasting impression before others jump to conclusions about them because of one gesture.

  29. I find it comical that this article was created recently, keeping current events in mind. Today, many are scared to give handshakes due to the fear of spreading the ongoing COVID-19. Regardless, these events will not kill the handshake, and I’d prefer to speak on another subject that is discussed within the article.

    What truly intrigues me is a thought that is brought up in the article — that handshakes reward a certain type of personality. It never occurred to me fully that in reality, a handshake is many times… a test. People who give weak handshakes are often shamed or looked down upon, even if it isn’t all that serious. However, one compliment that I hear often is something along the lines of “Wow! He has a great / powerful / firm handshake!” However, I could just be making a big deal out of this.

    Another interesting point is that handshakes are a non-factor when it comes to online interaction. This leads me to think that we may develop some other form of greeting, either specifically online or something that will replace the handshake. However, I find the former to be unlikely. I know many people today in many different age demographics that still prefer the handshake to any other form of greeting, so I can’t really see it completely disappearing within the next century. However, I do not doubt that the handshake will eventually disappear, whether it’d be due to societal or technological reasons. Eventually, maybe most forms of physical greeting will dissipate, potentially due to the standards of society or cleanliness, but we cannot tell for sure at this current moment.

  30. I found this short blog post to shed a bit of humor to an otherwise alarming current state we are in. This post suggests that handshakes might soon become a thing of the past and we will be transitioning to more futuristic forms of greets similar to those seen in Sci-Fi films like Star Trek and Star Wars. This is not a decision we are making as people however, our hands are tied.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, otherwise known as the CDC, has informed the public of the COVID-19 transmission risks associated with handshakes and has essentially mandated people to be cautious of this and refrain from doing so. The best way to prevent this pandemic from spreading more is to take heed of the CDC’s warnings but others in this country seem to have issues with following orders. President Trump, in his recent speech where he mobilized the full resources of the federal government to respond to the coronavirus, threw the CDC’s warnings out of the window and shook every person’s hand on that stage. Now, this could mean one of two things. President Trump is showing a sign of unity and strength in times of uncertainty and fear or he is simply unbothered. Nevertheless, I believe the end of handshakes is just the start of what is to come next.

    If this virus continues to spread, threatening the lives of Americans over the age of 60 we will have much more than just a state of emergency on our hands. This may be the hysteria in the air but I think a full nationwide quarantine is plausible. There have already been signs suggesting the worst is yet to come. Many academic institutions across the country have transitioned to virtual courses, including mine, and many companies are allowing their employees to work from home until further notice. By doing this, the government has successfully eliminated the need for anyone in a household to leave their homes. This begs the question, how long will this continue and what comes next? It is a scary thought but it is just that, a thought until this all plays out. To keep this rumor from becoming a reality we as a country need to heed the warnings of the CDC.

    So to answer Seth’s initial question, yes, this is the end of handshakes for the time being.

  31. I found this blog entry to be very interesting when thinking about the current circumstances we live in today. I believe it is appropriate to consider the vibe around the Coronavirus to be “mass hysteria” (the toilet paper issue being a prime example). People are absolutely terrified of the spread of this virus. Not to say that they shouldn’t fear the massive economic and social effects it may have, but, to me, some of the hysteria seems like overkill. I understand the closing of large public gatherings and the quarantines; but buying out a grocery store’s supply of toilet paper? These are definitely strange times ahead.
    In Seth’s Blog, he brings up how the culture around handshakes may be changing due to the Coronavirus concerns. He says that “judging people by the strength of their grip doesn’t make much sense anymore.” While I understand where he is coming from, I still believe you cannot overstate the importance of a firm handshake when meeting someone for the first time. It makes an incredible, immediate impression and shows whoever you’re meeting that you truly care about this interaction and conduct yourself in a professional manner. I always make sure to give firm handshakes and look everyone in the eye. It is something my parents taught me from a young age and I can’t see myself permanently stopping this practice. Coronavirus or not, I still see the handshake as the ultimate show of respect.
    Seth’s first paragraph about there being no handshakes in Star Wars also caught my attention. Despite my view on handshakes, I do think we may see some significant changes due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Personally, I think the actions our country took may prove to be very effective in preventing the spread of the virus. However, other countries may not have been as swift to act or as prepared. This will (hopefully) force them to change their response to a crisis like this in the future. In addition, the outbreak may encourage people to be more hygienic in their everyday lives. Washing your hands regularly should occur even if we aren’t in the midst of a worldwide pandemic. The Coronavirus may cause some significant cultural changes in the future.

  32. I do not think that handshakes are going to end in the future. A hand shake is a firm “hello” in my opinion and is seen as a sign of respect to older generations. When I meet someone for the first time or greet someone who is older than me, a handshake is seen also as a “nice to meet you” gesture. As a manager, if I was interviewing someone and they did not shake my hand, that to me would seem like they are not interested enough in the position that individual is applying for or that they do not respect me. I grew up in a Polish household so respect is the number one thing I learned as a kid. With that being said, I was always taught to respect my elders which includes shaking hands or saying “good evening” rather than just “hi” or “what’s up.”

    There is also a universal aspect to handshakes: all generations essentially do it. As a young kid, we used to always create handshakes that we would practice and practice and practice until we had it perfect and with each of my friends, we all had a different handshake. Then as a teen, everyone started to “dab each other up” which means to basically clap each other’s hands, slide fingers, and pull together to lock hands all of which are done in one smooth motion. Now as an adult, I still “dab up” my close friends but with anyone who is in the professional environment or someone new I meet, I always shake hands professionally. Even professional sports teams have handshakes with one another such as Alexander Ovechkin in the NHL, he has a handshake with every single one of his teammates that they do right before each game. During the NHL playoffs, at the end of each series, the teams line up and shake hands as a sign of respect for one another and to congratulate the winning team for their success. Before professional soccer games, the teams line up for a picture and then shake hands. Handshakes may change a little overtime but the term “handshake” will continue on forever whether it’s a firm handshake or just a fist bump.

  33. Coming across the article, “The end of handshakes?”, my immediate thought came to the conclusion of the Coronavirus because of the times that we are facing right now. However, this article focuses on multiple reasons that handshaking may be making a transition out of style. These include reasons like it is now seen as something more threatening than polite, which I understand as people can use a handshake to try to assert themselves as having more power than someone else, detracting from that idea that a handshake has some intention of equality. Seth also mentions that the concept of judging someone’s handshake based off of their strength is antiquated and has no relevance to power today. He only briefly mentions the fact that it is a prime candidate for disease transmission before moving on to the reward and penalty system that is implied when someone with a disability is unable to participate in a handshake. However, he does mention that in the past it is highly offensive to refuse to shake someone’s hand, but now it is actually being seen as polite as disease seems to be running rampant across the world. Seth believes that with the handshake making its way out, the possibility of another greeting, one that is more videocall friendly, might pop in to replace it
    Now that not shaking hands is becoming more normalized, I would not be surprised if it became phased out completely. The reasons behind the handshake like politeness and equality can often be overshadowed by the negative intention or connotations that the handshake developed. I think one of the main reasons that it is used so much is because older generations view it as necessary (ie Trump saying he will not stop shaking hands despite health officials warnings) along with the fact that it is something that has become a habit. With handshakes now being frowned upon in a time of people desperately trying to stop the spread of disease, this habit is going to be more easily broken and could pave the way for a future with no handshakes.

  34. I was taught at a young age that a handshake is great way to make a first impression. As a basketball player trying to get recruited by colleges, a first impression can mean the difference between getting a scholarship offer and not getting one. My basketball coach in 8th grade told me that college coaches notice a players handshake before anything else. A firm strong handshake portrays confidence and stability, traits every coach wants in a player. There is something about looking a person in the eyes and shaking their hand that a simple hello can not accomplish. It develops an intimacy and establishes respect. This article references how a handshake today is not the same as two weeks ago. However a handshake two weeks ago doesn’t carry as much significance as it did 50 years ago. Handshakes were common and it would be considered rude if you met someone and didn’t shake their hand. My grandfather, for instance, has the firmest handshake of anyone I’ve ever met. A testament to years of shaking hands going door to door selling insurance. A handshake then developed trust. The handshake has evolved into more of a high-five that feels less sincere and exudes a feeling of going through the motions. Now, the corona virus will diminish the weight of a handshake even more. I work in the restaurant business, and a big part of my job is hospitality. When customers come in the restaurant, I greet them with a handshake and a hello. This allows the customer to feel at home and feel more comfortable, (often times leading to a bigger tip). New Jersey passed a ruling closing all restaurants for the foreseeable future, and many establishments, including my own, are now only open for takeout and delivery. I worked last night and more people than I thought actually came in and ordered food. However, “social distancing” has taken its toll on the consumer/worker relationship. Instead of greeting regulars who come into the restaurant all the time, I have to put gloves on and place their order on a table, which they then grab and take back to their car. Social distancing could have more serious repercussions than people anticipate. It feels like Americans were looking for a reason to avoid people, and with the corona virus they have been given one.

  35. Out of all of the articles I’ve browsed prior to completing this assignment, this one in particular, “The end of Handshakes?” caught my attention the most. The reason the topic of this article captured my attention so quickly is due to my real life experience of someone denying to shake my hand. Of course, during this time, there is a fatal epidemic of the coronavirus that has the public in an absolute state of hysteria. I expected the typical drastic cleaning and sanitation methods but I was certainly caught off guard when I was offered someone’s elbow rather than their hand. Due to this epidemic, I have no doubt that not shaking hands upon greeting or arrangement will temporarily fall out of the category of being socially normal. I actually am grateful and encouraging of such drastic precaution in order for greater societal health.

    The article begins by claiming handshakes aren’t a gesture of the future. “In the future, of course, there are no handshakes. Star Trek, Star Wars, even Spaceballs… no one shakes hands.” This is an interesting observation at first, but it appears more concerning after you consider the validity of the statement. Virus and health epidemics are not the only reason why the handshake appears to be going out of style. Apparently, now there are emotional reasons why handshakes are less likely to be accepted. The article mentions the variable of someone having a disability, and the presentation of someone’s hand might offend them. This I can understand. If someone is self conscious of a skin or arthritis related condition, there should be no judgement put in place.

    What I don’t necessarily understand is the article’s definition of being “uninterested” in shaking someone’s hand. “In addition to being a vector for disease transmission, handshakes reward a certain sort of powerful personality and penalize people who might be disabled or uninterested in that sort of interaction.” I think it’s rather overdramatic to feel intimidated or threatened by the act of a handshake. I wasn’t even aware a handshake could carry such a deep, underlying message about one’s personality. Also, the individuals who believe someone is trying to shake their hand soley justify their strength or satisfy their confident personality is definitely overthinking the situation.

  36. I can’t say the handshake is antiquated by any means – this as far as I’ll disagree with Seth. COVID-19 will and has most certainly changed how greetings will take place in the future, I can see (and most certainly understand) why people would be against the idea of shaking someone else’s hand; however, I’ll contend that this should not be the end of it. This is anecdotal, but generally speaking, people did not wash their hands as often as they should have before the pandemic and people will most likely go back to their old ways down the line. It was only until the news of this pandemic that I saw people wipe down equipment at the gym, let alone wash their hands after using the bathroom! That being said, a handshake has become a formal greeting among individuals as well as a sign of formality at the end of a deal being put into place.

    Some cultures don’t even shake hands as a form of greeting or shake hands as far business is concerned. In some Asian cultures (i.e. China) the “handshake” isn’t at the forefront of the greeting, the bow is. To me, the handshake is a cultural imprint in America, and will not be leaving anytime soon.

  37. I thought this argument was very interesting to say the least. During this whole mess that is the COVID-19 epidemic, I haven’t really sat down and thought about what the world is going to look like once this is all said and done. It is hard to believe that we are literally living through history as we speak and generations after us will be learning about this epidemic in school. The world is going to be changed forever and our definition of normal is also going to change. The way that everything used to be done is going to be different after the virus has passed so that if another epidemic does happen, we are better prepared for it. One of the aspects of our life that most certainly is going to change is the concept of handshakes, which is the center point of this argument. I haven’t previously considered why people shake hands and how is demoralizes people with disabilities and looks fondly on those with a stronger grip. There is an immense amount of germs that can be spread through a handshake. Many cultures in the world don’t even shake hands now and they never have. Now, it would be crazy to assume that the entire nation as a whole will abolish the handshake all at the same time. It is going to take many years for people to learn that shaking hands is unnecessary and that there are other ways to signal for a polite gesture. Many people who consider themselves to be “old-school” are most likely never going to do away with shaking hands with someone, but with due time and proper education the country will move away from the handshake and move towards a non-contact gesture.

  38. Handshakes are very interesting when you really think about it, since they are no more of a symbol for us as humans; a sign of friendship, respect, compromise, peace, among many other things. A handshake is used as a reference for other human interactions, and people will judge others depending on that reference, for example someone who has a weak handshake, or does not offer a hand at all.
    Humans do this a lot, whether or not it is meant as a formality between two parties. People hug each other, kiss each other, high-five, fist-bump, and dap those they know well or have just met. It is a way of expressing an emotion, or to start an interaction between people. Almost everyone knows how to shake a hand, and so it’s a natural and immediate response. However, as highlighted by the initial blog, there seems to be a dying trend in handshakes specifically. I had always thought the premonition of having a firm handshake to quite strange. I was and still am a smaller and weaker individual physically, so for someone to judge me because my grip strength is less than theirs seems extremely antiquated and honestly ridiculous (I’ve found many people with a “good” handshake to be complete buffoons.)
    Not only are handshakes outdated in that sense, but now with the recent pandemic of COVID-19 wreaking havoc on the planet, handshakes are basically taboo at this time. It has been said also that handshakes could be a possible vector for transmission, and with how many people are affected today in America, it doesn’t seem surprising really.
    People I meet nowadays at my age rarely ever expect a handshake, even when meeting for the first time in a not necessarily unformal situation. It seems that most people who shake hands do it because they feel they have to; it’s the norm when introducing and meeting someone, so why not? Because of this, handshakes are already seen as old fashioned and antique.
    I think that handshakes will eventually meet their timely end, but with the outbreak of coronavirus affecting and changing the landscape of our futures already, it is not unreasonable to think we may be bowing to each other by the next decade.

  39. In Seth’s blog, “The end of handshakes?”, explains how the Coronavirus could be the end of handshakes. Seth begins the article explaining how the perception of a handshake has changed, “Today, of course, a handshake is often seen as a threat more than a disarming form of intimacy and equality”. The CDC has urged all Americans not to shake hands and keep a 6 feet distance from others due to the spread of the Coronavirus. During this crisis, a person trying to shake your hand may seem like they are trying to spread the virus to you.

    Seth continues the article by explaining why handshakes do not make sense anymore, “In addition to being a vector for disease transmission, handshakes reward a certain sort of powerful personality and penalize people who might be disabled or uninterested in that sort of interaction. And judging people by the strength of their grip doesn’t make much sense anymore.When growing up, I was always taught that shaking hands is the polite way to greet or say goodbye to someone. Now in the middle of a pandemic, it is quite interesting to think about how I might never shake someone’s hands again.

    Seth also says “Add to this the fact that in a video call, there’s no way to shake hands”. Due to most governors making stay at home orders to its residents, it will be many months before people will even have the chance to shake each other’s hand. However, when this pandemic ends, I do not see handshakes becoming popular again. The Coronavirus has rightfully scared people into spreading the disease to each other. This virus has normalized a handshake as harmful to you. Overall, I am glad the perception of handshakes have changed because touching someone you don’t know even their hand, is just strange.

  40. I do not believe that the handshake will ever die out. It it one of the most formal ways to greet someone, especially in the business world. It is also way to finalize deals and it is sort of a way of telling someone you have their word to hold up your end of the deal. There are also some people who are have been taught that a handshake is a form a respect when meeting new people or meeting with people who are of a high ranking such as bosses. However, with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the handshake has been in danger. People are starting to avoid contact at all costs, and that means not shaking hands when you see someone. There have been people who have resorted to the fist bump and some people even touch elbows rather than shaking hands. This is because shaking hands would spread germs and increase the chances of how susceptible we are as a nation to the virus. I do think that once this is all over and life goes back to normal, that people will go back to the old way of shaking hands when greeting.
    However, the author does bring up a good argument regarding video conference calls. iT is physically impossible to shake someone’s hand if you are both on each other’s screens rather than in the same conference room. Now with the pandemic, more and more businesses use video conferences to get their work done. This might be a problem as people may not use the handshake as frequently, especially if they are still germaphobic following the pandemic.

  41. In Seth’s blog, he speaks about the end of handshakes. Handshakes are formal greetings; I believe it is odd to enter someone’s house and not handshake the individuals in it because that is what I was accustomed to growing up. Sadly, with the coronavirus lurking, I have become used to greeting individuals with hand gestures and a warm smile. I personally can not wait until I can be reunited with others and be able to shake hands, hug, and any other interaction.

    Seth references movies and shows that display alternative forms of gestures. While these are works of fiction, it is a common theme. I do not believe most people share the same opinion as Seth on this topic. We have old timers who would never change and young individuals creating new handshakes with each other. We also have young individuals trying to make good impressions and want to look respectable in front of elders when meeting or visiting.

  42. The end of handshakes?
    This article presents an approach I thought about but I never would have considered it a reality. The author mentions that handshakes might be coming to an end. And quite surprisingly, I agree with him. Handshakes has been a norm for generations. People in the 1900s use a form of handshake as a gesture of ‘I come in peace’. But, that is not the same in this day in age. Now people require more than just a handshake to show you are friendly or ‘you come in peace’.. Funny thing about this is I have actually experimented this before and it is quite true. These days, its a process to express your peaceful nature.Personally, I have noticed the way that works the most is really finding common ground with the person you are trying to talk to. By doing that, it calms down the persons nervous system which then allows you the opportunity to express your thoughts. This is the method I have found to be most effective. Also, the author describes that handshakes are now seen as a threat more than a form of equality. I agree with him because times have changed, the culture doesn’t regard handshake to represent a form of peace anymore although very few people might do. Especially, in times like these were the spread of covid-19 is out of control. It is crucial to avoid shaking hands of others to avoid catching the virus. This concept has instilled fear into many of us and I feel that when all this is over, people will remain avoiding making contact with others. I feel it may take a while for people to become comfortable with handshakes again. As for now, we can consider handshakes a thing of the past.

  43. Long lasting trends and norms are being completely broken by this new epidemic spreading across the entire world. Being a business major, a handshake is the first breakthrough and impression you have to enter the business world. All networking events and job opportunities require this trend and is a basic norm to build a connection with another person. I find it really bizarre that such a simple and authentic gesture will now be changed to adapt to the current global situation. The new restrictions put into place from stopping the spread of contamination of the COVID-19 virus, has turned up a unique new way to greet each other. All across the globe, this new form of gesture has changed the way of greeting and although may seem odd, is crucial to the survival of thousands and even millions of people. In the article Elbow bumps are the new handshake, here’s why, it states, “Everyone from high-powered political leaders and health officials to professional athletes have taken on the tactic to safely say hello without making too much contact”. The thought of such rapid change from such respected and influential individuals has represented the severity of the situation. The virus has impacted the world for almost months and has the potential to continue for years to come. This tragic scenario has directly impacted physical contact between humans that would have seemed normal before, such as the handshake. This new trend of elbow touching is the replacement for the handshake that has proven to reduce the spread of germs and other contaminants to help slow the current issue at hand. This drastic and harsh implementation could even impact the disappearance of the handshake and continue onward with an updated version to greet one another of the elbow touch. In this article, Seth Godin makes the prediction, “Hat tipping might be making a comeback”. I agree in the sense a new form will appear of human interactions, but only time can tell which will catch on enough to create a permanent mark in the history of simple physical connection.

  44. When Cal Ripken, Jr. was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, I remember one of the recurring characters from those who played with/against, or simply met him, was his handshake. Whether it was shaking hands with other players before or after the game, or meeting people outside of it, the theme was that he looked you right in the eye and gripped your hand like a vise. It was imparted to him from his father or grandfather, that that is the proper way a man shakes another man’s hand: you look him in the eye and give him a firm grip.
    Even at the time (over a dozen years ago), I mused about whether or not he would apply the same technique when shaking a woman’s hand. After all, in the last several decades the number of women in the workforce – especially in elevated and supervisory roles – has increased dramatically.
    Admittedly, I was often unsure as to whether or not a handshake was appropriate when meeting a woman – not because of any kind of feeling of superiority or misogyny, but because I would tend to defer to her to see if a handshake would be offered. It seemed much more of a rote action, when meeting another man, to offer a handshake. Should a handshake be offered, I was ready to meet it, but I found that it was not as regular an occurrence, and that my leading with the handshake offer was sometimes met with curious hesitation.
    There are also all kinds of satellite issues with handshakes. What if you have sweaty hands? The “cold fish” grip is a reputation that can precede someone prone to it. Then there is the matter of inconsistent time and motion of the handshake. If you go in slightly late, you may not get a good grip, and thus have a sort of finger-squeeze handshake situation. It could be awkward if you’re shaking hands with someone and your mutual timing of the release is off – leading to one person pulling away before the other lets go.
    Overall, though, it is probably fine for the handshake to disappear. In addition to COVID-19, there are a myriad of other things that can be spread by touching hands with other people – the common cold, the flu, e-coli, etc. Moreover, I would doubt that there has ever been a person who has been to a public restroom that didn’t observe someone using the toilet/urinal and then leaving without even glancing at the sink.
    Asian cultures do not shake hands, as many of them offer bows. The military salutes. Fighters grip each other by the forearm (ostensibly so their opponent doesn’t injure their hand, I assume). Most casual greetings can be completed by a simple wave, with no contact.
    So, while I have not seen any vociferous arguments against the extinction of the handshake, and have no real desire to create such a silly straw man, I feel like it is fine if it disappears.
    We can always keep the high-fives for special occasions, anyway.

  45. To think that this could be the end of handshakes is i fathomable. Handshakes have become a normal custom for people of ages especially in interviews. Now especially with this Covid-19 pandemic no one is willing to shake hands because of the fear of contracting the virus. As well as the laws in place that enforce social distancing. I could definitely see this being the end of handshakes as companies will take more stronger precautions in allowing people onto the building. The threat of the virus will definitely influence how people interact with others going forward.

  46. It’s crazy to think that handshakes could come to an end. Handshakes have many different meanings; for example, during a meeting when you just finished a deal, meeting someone for the first time, congratulations, expressing gratitude, and much more. But they always say good things come to an end. But is this a good thing ending? I do not think so; being a business major, handshakes are essential in the business world, whether greeting someone or saying goodbye. All events and job interviews require handshakes. When you give someone a handshake, you are making a connection, and it’s a simple sign of respect and gratitude.

    Since COVID-19, many things have changed and become the new norm. Getting rid of handshakes and relying on another gesture like elbow bumps could be the new norm. Since many businesses moved online and are doing conference calls, nowadays, no one can give a handshake; they are relying on a smile, a wave, or an oral statement.

    What stood out the most to me in the article was, “In addition to being a vector for disease transmission, handshakes reward a certain sort of powerful personality and penalize people who might be disabled or uninterested in that sort of interaction. And judging people by the strength of their grip doesn’t make much sense anymore.” When someone is disabled and can’t give someone a handshake, do they get judged? What happens if someone makes up their mind on a deal all through handshakes, they aren’t even given a chance. Overall, I believe that getting rid of the handshakes has its perks for everyone. There are other and safer ways to express gratitude, greetings, and much more.

  47. The current pandemic has caused havoc around the world, and with how easily the virus can spread, the idea of handshakes could be coming to an end. As a business major, handshakes make an impression on an employer and other people in the business world. No matter if it is shaking someone’s hand to introduce yourself for an interview, making a business deal, or closing on a deal in the business world, all of these actions are signified with handshakes. Handshakes are pivotal when it comes to meeting employers at interviews, career fairs, etc., but in an epidemic, like we are currently in, we have to take all the proper precautions in order to keep everyone safe.

    Throughout the course of the past few months, we have a new norm, where we have to social distance, can’t touch others, etc., so with these rules implemented, we have to resort to other methods. For example, instead of people shaking each other’s hands, many people are using their elbows as an alternative to stop the spread of germs and not risk contracting the virus. While many people are going to take not shaking hands as a way that the other person does not want to interact with them, it is not merely for that reason, as it is more for a health reason. After going through a pandemic like we currently are, we have to have implement ways in which people can stay safe when they are in the presence of others, so if that means taking away a handshake, and replacing it with waving, the tapping of an elbow, or the tipping of one’s hat, it is a way to protect one and other. While I don’t think we will eliminate handshakes forever, I do believe that we will be implementing various other alternatives to handshakes in order to assure the safety of others.

  48. Due to the current pandemic, it has created chaos amongst our world as it has shifted the way we do day-to-day activities. Many companies have shifted to working from, my sister’s company plans to continue working from home until at least December. While some places are starting to re-open, such as restaurants and stores, social distancing is still enforced.
    As a business major, we are taught that a handshake makes a good first impression and is expected in almost every situation upon first meeting an individual. This will change the way we are taught and will have to adapt to the new norms of the ‘social distancing age’. Although handshakes are built into the American culture, we can still find different ways of introducing ourselves or greeting others. As mentioned, elbow taps, waving smiling, are only a few ways where we can introduce ourselves when meeting someone.
    I think it is important that while we transition back into somewhat of a normal lifestyle, we still take necessary precautions. I do not think the elimination of handshakes, at least temporary, will be detrimental. There are others we can make a good first impression by just a simple smile and wave.

  49. I think this article poses an interesting question as to whether or not the antiquated use of handshakes will be surpassed by a new form of greeting as the world faces a long term pandemic and health crisis.

    Firstly, I think the article makes an excellent point about the modern perception of handshakes. They often have a meaning and stigma behind them and with Covid-19 encouraging us to all stay apart, more and more people are stepping away from the handshake. However, I think the period of Covid-19 will have the greatest impact on whether or not the handshake is here to stay. The longer Covid-19 has us all distanced from one another, I think the more likely it will be that the handshake will lose popularity as a gesture. If we look at potentially years of social distancing, it is likely that a new gesture of welcome will slide into society. The younger generations were already moving away from handshake greetings but it was still the standard within the business world because it was universally understood and considering a professional way to introduce yourself. As we distance, it is likely that the handshake will exit the business world.

    However, an equally respectful and professional greeting will need to take its place. Many cultures have varying levels of formality and companies did international business, the handshake was universally accepted as a respectful greeting to international business associates. To see the handshake truly disappear, we need an equally respectful but distanced greeting to take its place and unfortunately I don’t think the Vulcan welcome will make the cut but I am curious to see which greeting will grow in popularity as Covid-19 creates the absence of the handshake.

  50. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, young college graduates are not entering the workforce as early as they expected. Although most may have had plans to enter the respective career of their choice after completing the necessary higher education requirements, they are still being held hack from harnessing their potential because of the economic damage the virus has caused to the United States economy. However, it should be noted that this pandemic will not last forever as more and more states are beginning to reopen for the summer, (which in turn translates to most college graduates being able to attain the career they seek). Yet, despite that many businesses are taking the lessons they learned from this pandemic to heart and many professional employers are starting to disregard handshakes in the business field. For many it is to avoid potential transmission of the virus and to avoid displays of dominance and intimidation in the field. After all, according to The University of Texas at Austin’s article titled, “The Loss of Handshakes is an Opportunity for Connection,” “The well-documented guidelines of avoiding handshakes are no joke…Hands are an efficient vehicle, an absolute Ferrari, for the transmission of infectious disease”. This concern may be well-founded due to the current circumstances of the world at the moment, yet handshakes shouldn’t be disregarded so easily because they have a long and storied tradition in American society. According to the popular Internet blog, Seth’s Blog, it is to be assumed that: “…they were codified by the Quakers five hundred years ago, because they were thought to be more egalitarian than tipping a hat or bowing.” Not only does the history of the tradition factor into the reason why handshakes shouldn’t be abolished but, the fact that one can easily wipe their hands clean with hand sanitizer or washing their hands directly afterwards to avoid infection is common knowledge. These reasons may be credible to fight those who argue against the use of handshakes, however, they are not the main argument for why they are necessary in traditional American society. Essentially, handshakes are necessary in the professional environment of business due to the essential role they play in formal business negotiations in being sociable with professionals and coworkers. Therefore, they should not be discontinued due to personal fears during the coronavirus pandemic because of their use in: creating good first impressions on future employers and being useful in negotiations of business deals.

    Primarily, it should be mentioned that handshakes have been a necessary technique that business professionals have been utilizing for generations in order to gauge many factors related to the potential capabilities of their employees such as: making appropriate first impressions. The importance of handshakes in the business environment should not be underestimated due to its long and varied history as a traditional form of communication between professionals in the workplace. In fact, according to the renowned business journal,, in the article titled: “Why Your Handshake Matters (and How to Get it Right),” it was stated that: “While analyzing interactions in job interviews, management experts at the University of Iowa declared handshakes ‘more important than agreeableness, conscientiousness, or emotional stability”. In other words, recruiters and interviewers for top careers in business stress the importance of a good handshake over most over favorable qualities they’d look for in potential candidates. The handshake is an essential part of communication for large companies to get a sense of the person they are interviewing. Specifically, handshakes are one important factor in how companies gauge the talent of their future employees by the quality of the handshake. For according to, an important website in detailing the many aspects of the small business environment, in an article titled, “Importance of a Strong Handshake in the Workplace,” it was excerpted that: “You never get a second chance to make a first impression in business…A strong handshake sets the tone and perception of your abilities”. Thus, handshakes are an indispensable technique in one’s skillset that can be utilized to provide further benefit to them in their professional career path. Different handshakes can produce different first impressions among many professionals and are open to various interpretations. One example of this from the article, “Why Your Handshake Matters (and How to Get it Right),” is: “The Dead Fish-a limp, lifeless hand extended and just barely shaken…”. This improper handshake technique gives off the first impression of a weak-minded individual. Essentially, by not grasping the professional’s hand hard enough, the candidate is displaying a lack of confidence in their abilities and this may translate to an interviewer or recruiter dismissing the candidate as being too weak to handle the job. Another example of improper handshake technique from the article, “Why Your Handshake Matters (and How to Get it Right),” would be: “The Knuckle Cruncher: The grip may be a demonstration of machismo, but it could also be a result of a person genuinely unaware of his (or her) strength”. This improper technique is the opposite of “The Dead Fish”. This improper technique employs too much aggressiveness and over confidence in the approach, which makes employers less likely to hire the candidate due to the perceived stubbornness and force behind the handshake. If one wishes to be hired by employers they need to have a firm, yet loose handshake that doesn’t lead to over compensation or underestimation of their future abilities. The proper technique in accordance with the article titled, “Importance of a Strong Handshake in the Workplace,” from states that to: “Impart a strong first impression on customers, business prospects, hiring managers or new employees by offering a hand and introducing yourself…This type of introduction bolsters your image and sets a solid foundation for a new job or business relationship”. All in all, a proper handshake must create a good first impression on employers and set a good reputation for employees. And if not for handshakes being utilized in the capacity of a professional business environment, potential candidates would have less of an ability to make good first impressions on future employers and future employers would have less of a technique to gauge the skills of potential employees in their interviewing and recruiting process.

    Furthermore, while handshakes are essentially important in the use of making a good first impression, they are also significant in professional negotiations with clients. Employers use the art of handshakes to gauge the talents of potential employees and learn more than they can from a brief glance of a resume or cover letter. However, employees can utilize the technique of handshakes in more ways than one. Not only can employees use handshakes to communicate an appropriate first impression to employers, but they can also utilize the technique in their future job to negotiate with future clients. According to the article titled: “Importance of a Strong Handshake in the Workplace,” from “A strong grip and a penetrating eye gaze set the tone for hard line negotiations…You must also be willing to signal your willingness to compromise or reach a beneficial agreement through a strong yet warm handshake”. Negotiations are a difficult aspect of business that are unavoidable for all who enter the field. If one is trying to sell a product to another, or if one is trying to have a client sign up with a financial institution, the operation must be handled with the utmost caution. In order for employees to properly “seal the deal with their clients’ they should use the art of a proper handshake to communicate the trust they offer to the client as well as the hard line stance they will take on the issue to gain the client’s business. Not only that, but handshakes are also, useful in a sub-category of negotiations of self-promotion. Essentially, while negotiations involve talking out a deal with the client. Self-promotion involves displaying one’s importance to the cause. Self-promotion may sound vain as in the employee is forcing the client to accept their business as an act of to further their own professional career in the company. However, the act of self-promotion through a proper handshake is much subtler and amicable by all standards of professional communication in business. As excerpted from the article titled: “Importance of a Strong Handshake in the Workplace,” from “A strong handshake may help land you a job, gain a promotion, or score a client…The right touch allows you to indicate your self-motivation, desire to achieve and assertiveness”. Overall, if not for the technique of handshakes existing in the proper business environment one would not be able to properly exemplify their success or negotiate terms and agreements with clients properly. And as such, employees would have a much more difficult time of doing their work.

    In summation, without handshakes existing in the professional business environment, nonverbal communications on all levels would be fractured and complicated. Although handshakes are very much a factor in the spread of disease during the coronavirus pandemic, they should only be limited and not banned entirely. Handshakes are a necessity to proper communication in the professional business environment through the methods of negotiation and self-promotion for employees working with clientele and dignified first impressions from employees to employers to demonstrate opening engagements. If handshakes are to be banned after the end of this pandemic, then how will employees, employers, and clientele globally acknowledge one another without barriers of culture, language, and politics impeding them?

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