US President Barack Obama.
US President Barack Obama. Getty Images

Should we embrace the fist bump for good health?

US PRESIDENT Barack Obama has embraced the fist bump - and in the name of better health, scientists think we should too.

Researchers have suggested that it is time we ditch the traditional handshake and adopt the greeting used by rap artists and sports stars to reduce the risk of spreading diseases such as the flu.

They have discovered that the first bump - where you form a fist and touch knuckles with the other person - is a more hygienic way to greet someone as it is quicker than a handshake and exposes less of your skin to harmful bacteria.

Avoiding the transmission of e coli and other nasty germs sounds like a good incentive to change our greeting style but it is difficult to imagine the first bump really taking off in the business world.

Just as there are different ways to approach a handshake, it would be fascinating to see how different colleagues and public figures execute a fist bump.

Would it be a corporate faux pas to hit somebody's knuckles too hard?

Or would too timid a clash imply some kind of weakness?

If fist bumps are the way of the future, it might be time to start perfecting your technique.

Should we drop the handshake and embrace the fist bump for the sake of our health?

This poll ended on 07 August 2014.

Current Results

Yes, anything to stop the spread of germs

33%

No, wash your hands!

66%

Rubbing noses is the way to go ... oh, wait

0%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

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