1 min readThe importance of touch to human survival

Touch is integral to human development. How has the digitalization of society affect our future development?

This February 20, 2021 published by The Economist, introduces us to the integral role that human contact plays in the survival of our species. The article says, “touch is as necessary to human survival as food and water…It is the first sense to develop and the only one necessary for survival”. We discover how touch is important for human development and how it promotes health and wellbeing.

Throughout the article, we discover the experiences of individuals during the pandemic, when human contact ultimately ceased, as well as how they have tried to cope.

Editor’s Note: If there is anything we can take away from this article, it is the reality that technology can never replace human contact. This fact then brings us to the reality that unscientific coronavirus restrictions have no only ruined economies, they have dehumanized societies.

We have heard of stories where fathers have not hugged their children for months now due to their fear of passing on the virus. In some families, elderly members have been isolated to “keep them safe”. This article drives home the point that those who are unable to engage normally with their families are suffering. We are making them even more susceptible to illness by refusing to return to normal human contact.

Touch is the only sense we need for human survival. Without it, where would humans be?

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