I hate it too. Hugging and kissing certainly wasn't something that our family did when i was growing up, and as far as I was aware, no one in my parents' wide circle of friends ever greeted each other like that either.
Even now, the only people I am comfortable about hugging are my grandchildren (kisses too when they are little, but only on their heads).
My youngest dgc (age 2), despite being very affectionate, has made it clear from very early on that she doesn't like cuddles, not even from her parents. She will happily race up to any of us as if to cuddle us, but makes the quickest contact you can imagine. She's also only ever given air kisses, never on the face, unlike most young children. Unusual, perhaps,, but nice. My kind of girl