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Haptics is any form of nonverbal communication involving touch (from Greek ἅπτω = 'I fasten onto, I touch').

Haptic customs differ greatly throughout the world. In many Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America, people greet each other with one kiss on the cheek, for example in Argentina. In Colombia, shaking hands or verbal greeting is common and probably without hugging. In Peru and Spain, when men greet one another, they usually do so shaking hands or with a verbal greeting, otherwise, whenever a woman is involved, greeting involves kissing on the cheek or verbal greeting. In Brazil, kisses when greeting women can vary from one to three, and be fake (kissing the air) or on the cheek; men can salute by shaking hands or demonstrate camaraderie by slapping one another’s shoulders or backs.[citation needed]

In the United States, the main form of greeting is shaking hands, though when greeting friends it is not uncommon for them to hug.[citation needed]

Every culture has a different perception of touch as communication.[1][unreliable source?]

See also[edit]

  • Haptic technology, technology that interfaces with the user through the sense of touch
  • Haptic communication, the means by which people and other animals communicate via touching
  • Haptic perception, the process of recognizing objects through touch
  • Haptic poetry, a liminal art form combining characteristics of typography and sculpture
  • Haptic media, creative media that interact primarily with the senses


  1. ^ Culture & nonverbal communication, Word press, Sep 18, 2007 .