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  • How has lockdown affected our need for close contact?
  • How has lockdown affected our need for close contact?
    Josue Ladoo Pelegrin (2020) ©
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Has a lack of touch impacted our desires?

Whether it’s living vicariously through Normal People or counting down the days until a physical reunion, COVID-19 has forced us into a no-touch climate and we’re mourning the lack of skin-to-skin contact. Canvas8 spoke to three experts to explore what a post-touch world could look like.

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“This video is dedicated to touching – May 18, 2020,” reads the opening frame for Harry Styles’ ‘Watermelon Sugar’. In it, Styles caresses watermelon slices on a sun-drenched beach, frolics in the waves, and poses for pictures with a posse of models. But the tribute to touch is striking – in just three minutes, Styles gets more skin-on-skin contact than most of us have had in the nearly three months since lockdown began in late March 2020. With people around the world practising social distancing and self-isolation to curb the spread of COVID-19, having sex, hugging friends, ...

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