We use our hands in almost all our activities that needed physical contact. Sometimes there are rules that we need to abide to whenever we feel the itch to hold someone or something.
I recalled an evening when I was having supper with my family when I was in high school. The subject of old fashioned courting became the topic when my mother mentioned how my father could not touch her hands while they were not still engaged. I heard other tales before but that one was simply unbelievable based on my more modern views.
Even more extreme was the story of a man who embraced the woman she courted because he was so happy she said yes to his proposal. The next day they were married because her parents caught them in the act. That was how honor was viewed back then: physical contact, however harmless, between the opposite sex often led to lewd interpretation, thus instant marital union to protect the so-called family reputation.
Times has changed. Partners affectionately touch one another even in public. I believe it is called PDA or public display of affection. Sometimes, from the observer’s point of view, this is nothing more than sex without the actual event.
I am not a moral crusader here. I am simply pointing out how some people might interpret what couples believe as their right to show their love wherever they want to. There could be times that the act itself could even provoke trouble which no one wants in the first place.
There’s no harm for being cautious.