Needing Affection to Make a Connection

Gabriella Rodriguez-Sanchez, Photo Editor

Weighted blankets are one of the most requested Christmas gifts according to 1010DATA with children, teens and elders waiting to open up their presents and find a hug-like experience.

 

The need for affection by every human is a growing topic of debate as some doctors even believe that it is a vital part of health to receive and give love. “Skin hunger” is the need for physical affection from other people, especially affection coming from those that are the closest to an individual.

 

According to an article by Psychology Today, three out of four adults believe, “Americans suffer from skin hunger,” and  one in four Americans report not having a single person to talk to about important issues.

 

Senior Roberto Matlala believes that humans need affection in their lives because they’re social animals.

 

“It releases dopamine to hug and makes us feel better, which in turn can help prolong life,” Matlala said.

 

Matlala believes that physical affection between people isn’t lacking and think it’s quite the opposite.

 

“Because of the higher population of people, there’s more physical affection than ever,” Matlala said. “I would have to disagree that we need more of it.”

 

Weighted blankets are made out of heavier fabrics that reduce stress, anxiety, ADHD symptoms and sleep disorders according to Penn Medicine. Because of this higher priced material, the cost range from $25 for kids to a whopping $140 to $400 for adults. Although many people are scattering to get one of the hottest gifts on the market, not all are chipper about the price point.

 

According to Matlala, despite not personally wanting to get buy one, he believes that more affection in general would be beneficial to everyone.

 

“We would live in a more peaceful society compared to the past,” Matlala said.

 

Junior Autumn Barganier believes that affection is necessary for people to get through their day.

 

“I hug my friends every day and feel like having that support system around me, even just for a hug, means a lot,” Barganier said.

 

Barganier believes that although weighted blankets might be a good fill in for a short period of time, real human interaction is more important.

 

“I think they might be quite comfortable,” Barganier said. “But if it takes a blanket to make you feel better instead of a person, it’s kind of sad.”

 

Barganier thinks that opening up and becoming closer with the ones around oneself is the healthiest thing to do.

 

“If there was a way to get people to be more willing to give and receive affection, I don’t see why not,” Barganier said.