March 26, 2023

Why do we get shock when we touch things or people?

Illustrative image,

Door handles and car handles are often one of the places where people take the most impacts.

Most likely, you have already experienced such an episode: when you touch something, such as the door handle of your house or car, or when you shake someone’s hand, you feel a shock. Sometimes you can even hear a noise or see a spark.

But, after all, why is this happening?

Professor Claudio Furukawa, in charge of the Demonstration Laboratory at the University of São Paulo’s Institute of Physics (USP), explains that this phenomenon has something to do with static electricity.