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The Internet gives you a hug

It’s a cruel world wide Web out there, with trolls and hackers and other assorted Internet meanies lurking on every page. And it can be a cruel world IRL, too: Just take a look at the things that regularly grace our front page — violence, discord, disease. But now there’s a refuge — well, a virtual refuge. The Nicest Place on the Internet would like to give you a hug.

(Screenshot, the Nicest Place on the Internet)

Why? Because you’re having a rough day. Because you read a story or comment on another site that made you mad. Or, just because. The site encourages users to record their own hugs and submit them. When you go to the page, you’ll cycle through a series of heartwarming hugs in full screen, as though strangers are about to reach through your monitor and give you a pat on the back.

Will it make your cold Grinch heart grow three sizes? Only if you’re somewhat susceptible to wanton displays of cuteness. For the cynical, it’s also a way to get a vicarious close encounter with anonymous girls’ cleavage. But this is not a site for cynicism! Go get a hug.

Maura Judkis covers culture, food, and the arts.

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