Friends that I live with: not as often as I kind of want to. I really like hugs. In person, I would totally cuddle up with someone (except maybe not the first time I met them), there’s just societal norms and expectations that sometimes get in the way. If you’re a really good hugger, I might just run up to you and not let go for an extended period of time (assuming I know that you understand my oddities). I also have been known to hug people like four times over the course of saying goodbye.
There is this sort of tense moment when you first meet someone and you’re not quite sure whether a hug is too presumptuous and if a handshake would be preferable, but then that sets this weird oddly formal tone for the conversation, but you totally don’t want to creep them out and be like ‘come, place your face against my chest’ the first time you see somebody.
That being said, I would hug someone I’m meeting for the first time. As formal as I am with definitions and logical discourse and whatnot, my style is really pretty laid back. I don’t think I’m overbearing or whatever. I’m reserved in large groups (mostly because my interests/views might not always match up so well with social norms), but I really prefer more intimate conversations. I like spending time alone with people who I feel happy around and who seem happy around me. In those situations, I’m extremely open (in general).
And I don’t really have issues hugging anyone (except maybe hygiene issues heh). I prefer hugs to handshakes for my male friends from high school and such, as well. It’s just a nice way to express affection and closeness. Plus they’re all soft and warm and real. In that moment, you are vulnerable, connected to this person. I like hugs.