There aren’t many people in this world who don’t like to be kissed (we hope). Kissing is an evolutionary tool, one that creates a bond between two people long enough so they procreate and thereby ensuring the survival of mankind. This may seem a little clinical but that’s what Mother Nature intended.
Yet, it seems it’s not quite as straightforward as simply puckering up and “Voila!” we have a relationship. Studies revealed that 59% of men and 66% of women say they have ended a new relationship because of the other person’s sorry snogging style. Have you ever stopped seeing someone because of this? (We have to admit, we have!). But how do you know if you are indeed a “Krappy Kisser”? And, what can you do to improve it? Apparently, quite a lot judging from a little web search we conducted.
Here are some of the top tips we came across:
1. Pay attention to your partner
It goes without saying that you should be in the moment, not ogling around you to see what’s on the TV, or worse, checking out other potentials in the bar. Close your eyes and enjoy the sensation.
2. Start out slow
Going in like Great White hunting a seal, is sure to put your kissing buddy off for life. Focus on small areas first. Kiss a little bit around the mouth and nibble and suck the lips gently, use your tongue sparingly. Build up the passion slowly and you’ll both get into the rhythm very soon.
3. Tongue technique is key
Kissing may also be called Tonsil Tennis but for the love of Cupid, don’t even think about it. EVER! NEVER EVVAAA! Your tongue should be a sensual explorer of your partner’s mouth, not a spoon stirring a pot of yoghurt or a lump of slippery meat hanging there to dry. Mix it up, be playful.
4. Spit Stop
It may be difficult to keep your saliva in check when you are snogging someone but it’s well worth the effort. Daters list too much saliva during kissing as one of their top turn offs, right behind…
5. Bad breath
It’s pretty obvious that smelling like the back end of a badger won’t win you popularity points. Bad breath is often seen as an indicator of poor health, which means your partner is unlikely to choose you for a longer stint. So make sure you look after your mouth, pay regular visits to your dentist and keep off the garlic before a date.
So, there you have it.
Join in on the conversation. We’d love for you to share your good / bad kissing stories with us, so you drop us a comment!
Haven’t you heard, it’s National Kissing Day today! Stop what you’re doing, grab the nearest person and plant a great big smacker on their lips.
Actually don’t. This could be awkward – especially if you’re in the workplace! We couldn’t figure out what National Kissing Day means and how to celebrate it appropriately is beyond us. So, instead we have decided to offer you a bunch of interesting kissing facts instead.
Did you know?
- The science of kissing is called “philematology.”
- Lips are more sensitive than the tips of fingers.. 100 times more sensitive in fact.
- The most important muscle in kissing is called the “orbicularis oris” and allows your lips to “pucker.”
- “Kiss” is from the Old English cyssan from the proto-Germanic kussijanan or kuss, which is probably based on the sound kissing can make.
- Common Chimpanzees kiss with open mouths, but not with their tongues. Bonobos, the most intelligent of primates, kiss with tongues!
- The first on-screen kiss was shot in 1896 by the Edison Company. Titled The May Irwin-John C. Rice Kiss, the film was 30 seconds long and consisted entirely of a man and a woman kissing close up.
- Although many men and women consider it childish, more than 95% of them occasionally like to rub noses while kissing.
- “X”s at the end of a correspondence letter represent the contact of the lips during a kiss.
- The average person spends 336 hours of his or her life kissing.
- Kissing is good for you. Research shows that smooching improves our skin, helps circulation, prevents tooth decay, and can even relieve headaches