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The Social Kiss Etiquette... Right cheek or left?

 Actual or simulated contact? Single or double?
 In all its iterations, the social kiss is spreading across the world like pollen in spring — warmly welcomed by some; dodged like an allergen by others.


. It’s become such an affectation, with the proliferation of all these reality shows.
It is cultural,  and not just a matter of France to New York, but rather family to family and block to block and social group to social group.

I would argue in the scheme of things that it is better to vote for more warmth and conviviality than less. Experts offer novices some best practices to avoid the worst-case scenario: meeting in the middle of a social kiss. Lip to lip, a lot of people would sooner fall through the floor.


 Degree of difficulty: Well here its High and mighty!   (The cost if flubbed: social ruin!)
You should always know where you are in different places of the world or cities, and if administered at all, a social kiss typically consists of a single, right cheek to right cheek. Most people from the west always double kiss, first right cheek, then left. The double is my preference, but this is reserved for actual friends, male and female. How about Social kissing a man? It just would not happen ever unless in the future, depending on how our society changes. In most Cities, the social kiss is employed even in business, man to man — the Hollywood executive kind of thing.

It’s also a tool for social climbers there, where proximity to power equals power, and a social kiss is an easy tool of ingratiation.  Avoid undue force. Both hands lightly grasp the target’s elbows for balance and then each turns to present right cheeks first, then left, where dry, glancing contact is made — via a quick twist of the mouth. (A London paper teased Naomi Campbell for an ungainly approach in an air kiss, with the caption, “Come here, you!”)

There is no fault in pressing just cheeks, without lip-to-cheek contact, because a wet kiss is equally offensive. Sound or silence?


                                                  The hug.

In most cities, the new norm seems to be a handshake or nod upon introduction, then, at the end of the social encounter, an upper-body hug or single social kiss if you have conversed at some length.


The bottom line is; Always follow your partner’s cues. The alternative is the nod. A smile and nod in greeting is always correct. A handshake is still almost always appropriate no matter the situation.

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