In the stay-at-home '90s-which is shaping up as the decade of nesting and take-out food-nothing fills the bill like cuddling when we're too tired for sex and in dire need of a little TLC. Perhaps that explains why millions are drawn to the cuddlesome couple played by Roseanne Arnold and John Goodman on "Roseanne."
For instance, in our society "there has been a misinterpretation of physical touch necessarily having a sexually intimate outcome," [Vivian Center Seltzer] says. In other cultures, "touch between people is not interpreted as sexual."
We may not often realize it but our need for cuddling is often what drives us to adopt pets. With their devotion and boundless capacity for affection, pets bring out the warmth and playfulness in us, as when we baby-talk to the pooch or let the cat sleep next to us.