The Importance of the First Kiss

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

Too dry

Too tame


A little tongue contact

Too smelly

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.

Be tactile

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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The Importance of the First Kiss

shared by Neomam on Feb 10, 2013 in Love and Sex

The Importance of the First Kiss

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