Kissing is one of the most natural and pleasurable ways humans show their love for each other.
Touching the lips together can be a sign of familial affection, a formal gesture in ceremonies, or express erotic passion. It all depends on who’s kissing who, the circumstances, and what kind of kiss it is.
Whether you’re a kissing expert or you’re still waiting to experience your first kiss, check out the following fantastic facts about kissing.
1- Scientific studies of how people kiss have revealed interesting facts. Did you know most people, regardless of sex, tip their heads to the right as they prepare to double down on their partner’s lips?
There’s a definite preference for the right side. But other people favor the left.
2- You may have heard that Inuit people kiss by rubbing their noses together. That much is true, but they don’t kiss that way to stop their lips freezing together as many people believe. When Inuit people nose rub, they often inhale and share their breath. For them it can be erotic.
The science behind it may have something to do with desire-triggering hormones called pheromones which the scent receptors in the nose detect.
3- Would you say sharing a kiss with someone other than your spouse or partner was infidelity? Or do you think things would have to go further to be cheating? A recent study found out that in most couples, both partners felt that even a quick snog was a betrayal of trust.
4. The nation’s favorite candy treat, Hershey’s Kisses, have been sweetening our lives for over a century now. But do you know how they got their name?
Theories abound and range from the plausible to the bizarre, but the company itself says it’s because the machine in the factory gives a kissing sound as the liquid chocolate extrudes. And they should know.
5. It’s a common modern myth that a dog’s saliva is antibacterial and so it’s fine to share kisses with your faithful hound. But that information is wrong. Have you seen what dogs eat and where they lick?
The truth is, a dog’s kisses are riddled with harmful bacteria that can lead to gum disease and severe stomach upset.
Show your affection for your pup by a pat on the head and a scratch behind the ears, but leave the lips out of it.
6. The longest on-screen kiss is that famous lip-smack at the end of the comedy movie “Date Night“. The lead actors Tina Fey and Steve Carrell keep up the face sucking throughout the credits. That’s a full five minutes of on-screen smooching.
7. Kissing can be dangerous. An average session of French kissing means the lovers exchange up to 80 million bacteria through their saliva. You can get herpes, meningitis, influenza, and glandular fever by kissing. But will that stop you?
There’s good news about kissing and health, too.
Regular kissing relieves stress and can even lower cholesterol in your blood. And couples who kiss have longer and happier relationships than couples who don’t.
Nobody knows when kissing began, but it may predate modern humans.
Touching lips is also part of the communication behavior of other primates such as chimpanzees, humans’ closest evolutionary cousins. However it started, kissing is an essential part of many human cultures and that’s unlikely to change soon.