Study shows fist bumps better than handshakes

fist bumpIf a handshake tells you about a person’s character or his lack if it, how could you be able to judge someone’s personality by the bump of his/her fist on yours?

Well, you can’t really, except perhaps to say that it is more sanitary, hygienic and aseptic that way.

While a nice firm handshake has long been a mark of good manners, confidence, security and trustworthiness, what are all these qualities, however, if your health is threatened by it.

A study conducted by researchers at Aberystwyth University in the U.K. and published in the American Journal of Infection Control showed that handshakes passed on far more of the dangerous bacteria than fist bumps or high fives.

Researchers were able to measure the movement of germs using sterile rubber gloves, one of which was dipped into a coating of the potentially deadly E. coli bacteria, before exchanging a range of greeting gestures. What they found out was that habitual handshaking allows the movement of germs between people and helps the spread contagious illness.

The study also estimated that the hygienic nature of the fist bump may be due to its speed and the small impact area involved.

Doctor Dave Whitworth, who led the research, said the study could have a serious impact on public health.

“People rarely think about the health implications of shaking hands. But if the general public could be encouraged to fist bump, there is a genuine potential to reduce the spread of infectious diseases.”

Well, to a certain extent, this is probably happening now in hospital settings.

But what is a better way to express appreciation, gladness and sincere greetings than showing it with a well balanced handshake? Surely it cannot be manifested in fist bumps.



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