I believe that there are two types of people in the world: Those who love having their back scratched, and those who love getting back massages.
Of course, there’s plenty of middle ground. I’m guessing that most people would be fine with either of those, unless they really don’t like being touched. But I think most of us, when asked, would choose one over the other.
I’m a back-scratch guy. I basically turn into a puppy when someone scratches my back, arching my back towards them as a sign to continue. If they stop, I may or may not growl at them.
I think this stems back to my childhood. Occasionally my mom would scratch my back for a minute before tucking me into bed. I don’t have a specific memory of it, just the vague knowledge that it happened and it made me happy.
Plus, it feels really good. It’s seriously one of my favorite things in the world.
I’m curious if there are others out there like me. If I’m forgetting something really obvious in the poll below, let me know and I’ll add it.
Endnote: I should mention that this is not permission for random people to scratch my back when they meet me. I think it would make me uncomfortable OR I’d like it, which would then make me uncomfortable.