Study: More people prefer fist bump to handshake nowadays

October 30th, 2010 - 12:24 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, Oct 29 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A new research by Wakefield Research has revealed that more Americans would rather give fist bumps than shake hands. The study, which was commissioned by Purell Instant Hand Sanitizers, revealed that this is because of the fear of catching germs.

The survey, which involved more than 1,000 United States adults, revealed that 80 percent of Americans believe that people are not hand shaking as much as they did some 25 years back. The study revealed that 56 percent of Americans feel that the worst thing that can happen to someone who shakes hands is contraction of flu and cold germs.

Almost half of Americans- 49 percent precisely will rather fist bump than shake a hand in a greeting. 15 percent of those that will rather give fist bump say they do so because of the fear of contracting germs with 13 percent citing sweaty palms as the reason for their preference of greeting. However 6 percent say they will also rather give a fist bump because of dry hands.

The reason however differs from region to region in the United States. The study revealed that 50 percent of adult Americans living in the East Coast of the United States do not shake hands for fear of germs while just 35 percent do the same at the West Coast of the country.

The study, which was carried out between September 7 to 10, has a 3.09 percentage point margin error.

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