The best Onion article of the year is in today’s online edition of the New York Times.
It’s about the current teenage hugging epidemic. And it’s fucking amazing.
Girls embracing girls, girls embracing boys, boys embracing each other — the hug has become the favorite social greeting when teenagers meet or part these days.
Hugging appears to be a grass-roots phenomenon.
A measure of how rapidly the ritual is spreading is that some students complain of peer pressure to hug to fit in.
(And my personal favorite, from Noreen Hanjilian, principal of George G. White High School in Joisey): “It was needless hugging — they are in the hallways before they go to class. It wasn’t a greeting. It was happening all day.”