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Is the Fear of Germs Keeping You From Shaking Hands?

Do You Skip the Handshake For Fear of Germs?

It looks like Purell is trying to bring the handshake back. According to a survey conducted by the hand-sanitizing giant, "two in five Americans have hesitated to shake someone’s hand out of fear of germs." With stats like that and cold and flu season fast approaching, the handshake greeting might go the way of fins of cars.

Of course Purell offers that a squirt of its germ killing gel could bring the cordial greeting back to life, although the company admits the classic handshake is waning in popularity in general: "four in five Americans agree that people are shaking hands less frequently than they did 25 years ago." The fist bump is just cooler, and with the limited hand contact of the gesture fewer germs can be passed between friends and acquaintances.

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Spectra Spectra 6 years
I'm not a huge germaphobe and I still shake hands with people. I don't think it's a big deal as long as you wash your hands before you touch your eyes and face.
amber512 amber512 6 years
I never have a reason to shake someone's hand. I've only done when being introduced to someone for the first time and that rarely happens. I don't even think about it.
tigr3bianca tigr3bianca 6 years
I understand germs are harmful but refusing to shake someone's offered hand is rude and probably more harmful to your reputation. Just wash your hands afterward with a baby wipe ala Monk if you are that paranoid. I guess I have no sympathy, I worked with people from other countries who are not germ obsessed as Americans.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
I wash my hands a lot, I'm sure that helps.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
I still shake hands. It seems rude not to, and since I wash my own hands before I eat/touch my face/whatever I don't see the problem.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
Just another reason I'm thankful not to be a germaphobe
imLissy imLissy 6 years
I shake hands and I hardly ever get sick. We had a person come in for an interview once and he wouldn't shake my hand. He said, "I don't do that." I don't know if it was for germ reasons, he seemed freaked out. His reaction made me feel uncomfortable. Is he not shaking my hand because I offended him in some way? Is it because I'm a woman? Do I smell bad? I didn't know. I'd tried not to let it phase me, but really bad way to start an interview. He didn't know anything about programming anyway, so he didn't get the job, but even if he was a good candidate, I don't know if I'd want to work with the no shaking hands guy.
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