Animals sometimes communicate by touch.
Parent animals often comfort their young through touching.
Touching is important for most young animals. Animal courtship routines often involve touching.
Sometimes this is ritual behavior.
Sometimes the touching is functional.
Touching between human beings can be a powerful form of communication and also a way of passing on a personal message.
Touching plays critical roles in human social relationships including infant bonding and attachment, caretaking, aggression, courtship, sexual relations, first impressions, children’s interactions, and in medical settings.
Touching is crucial for the healthy development of babies and is one of the main ways in which they learn about the world.