The Importance of the First Kiss
59% men & 69% women
Report losing interest in someone they were attracted to after their first kiss.
What's in a kiss?
Kissing between romantic partners occurs in over 90% of human cultures.
There are 3 main theories as to why humans kiss:
1 Kissing assesses potential mates based on their smell and taste
2 Kissing induces bonding through the exchange of pheromones and sebum
3 Kissing increases arousal and receptivity to intercourse
Smell & Taste
Bad breath and an unpleasant taste in the mouth can be an indication of underlying health problems.
Males and females place equal importance on fresh breath.
Bad Breath=Poor Health=Less Desirable Mate
The exchange of saliva can transfer important pheromones and sebum which help to develop psycho-chemical bonds between partners.
Males prefer their kisses moist.
Mouth & Tongue Contact
Open-mouthed kissing and increased tongue contact are regarded as intimate gestures.
Half of males prefer the first kiss to be open-mouthed. A third of females like their first kiss to be open-mouthed.
The same goes for the amount of tongue contact involved in a kiss.
When asked if they would continue a relationship with a bad kisser
Females are far less tolerant of a poor kiss.
The Perfect Kiss
Nice smelling and tasting breath
A little tongue contact
Slightly moist lips
Top tips for the perfect first kiss:
Suck on a mint beforehand
Put on some lip balm
Be careful with that tongue.
Privacy is key
People want the first kiss to be special, personal and private. Not shared with a room-full of people.
Touch is an important signal to see how things are progressing. Break the touch barrier with your partner. If they touch you back, it's a good sign.
Know when to stop
Ten seconds is a good amount of time for a first kiss; longer and you may come on too strong, shorter and you may seem scared.
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