But it's less embarrassing than puzzling, because "intimacy" over the Internet is kind of like trying to French kiss through a screen door. All that comes through is the sloppiness.
I'm cracking up here, Jim!!! Wonderful line!!
There are, for some, perceptions of connectedness that are transcendental -- that is, they sense from various indications the thought behind the screen. When they express hugs, etc. they are talking in reference to thought-exchange stuff, whether it comes about through cyber-notes, email, phone con, etc.
For others, the only reliable assessment of another is from his body language. It's different strokes, indeed, for different folks. One of the tolerated idiosyncracies that make the Cat so wacky and loveable.