Who says you shouldn’t kiss on the first date! In fact, science is proving that it may be one of the most important times to assess the possibility of a relationship with a potential partner.
A study conducted by researchers at Oxford University has shown that kissing is important in helping to determine the suitability of a perspective companion. How does it work? According to researchers, kissing allows people to subconsciously select a partner through taste or smell, giving them important biological information for compatibility, genetic fitness and general health.
“Mate choice and courtship in humans is complex It involves a series of periods of assessments where people ask themselves ‘shall I carry on deeper into this relationship?’ Initial attraction may include facial, body and social cues. Then assessments become more and more intimate as we go deeper into the courtship stages, and this is where kissing comes in.”
– Professor Robin Dunbar, Researcher – Department of Experimental Psychology at Oxford University
Not only does kissing aid in finding the right partner, it’s also an important relationship barometer. Results from the study indicate that more frequent kissing was linked to the quality of the relationship.
Other results from the study
- People who rated themselves as attractive or were in more short-term/casual relationships rated kissing as more important.
- Women place more importance in kissing than men.
- In short term relationships, kissing is most important before sex and less important during and after sex, and least important other times.
- In long term relationships, kissing is important before sex and equally as important during non sex-related activities.
Kissing. Fun and practical.