How important is that first kiss?

Why do we kiss?

Kissing science: photo credit: David Ball
Kissing science: photo credit: David Ball
George Gallup says the first kiss a couple share could make or break the relationship. Two thirds of women (59% of men) reported on occasion finding themselves attracted to someone, only to lose interest after kissing them for the first time.

"The complicated exchange of information that occurs during a kiss may inform evolved, unconscious mechanisms about instances of possible genetic incompatibility," Gallup says.

Evolutionary Psychology

Gallup surveyed 1041 students on their attitudes to kissing (Evolutionary Psychology, vol 5, p 612) pdf.

Results showed that females place more importance on kissing as a mate assessment device and as a means of initiating, maintaining, and monitoring the current status of their relationship with a long-term partner. In contrast, males place less importance on kissing, especially with short-term partners, and appear to use kissing to increase the likelihood of having sex. The results suggest that kissing may play an important role as an adaptive courtship/mating ritual.

This study addresses variables like breath odor, tongue contact, attractiveness, and kissing after sex, comparing the difference between males and females.

Souce: New Scientist Tech.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

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Anonymous says:

Kissing as well as all forms of intimate touching is crucial for myself personally to maintain a healthy relationship. I'm blissful knowing I connect perfectly not only physically but mentally and spiritually with my lover. Touch is just the most personal way to know somebody, and it reinforces our bond and keeps us connected and close. I being a woman may be more tactile and sensuous, and I am very lucky to have a man who satisfies me and thrives on the same.

posted on Tue, 09/04/2007 - 1:07pm
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Anonymous says:

Shesh well i think a first kiss means you know if that person is the right one for you. I havent had my first kiss yet (im 14) but i think it has alot of importance.

posted on Fri, 03/19/2010 - 1:22pm

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