People from countries with higher levels of income inequality “kiss French” their partners more often, according to a new study
- A survey of 2,988 people in 13 countries found that the greater the gap between rich and poor, the greater the likelihood that citizens of the country will regularly dock
- The differences did not apply to sex or pampering, suggesting that the kiss is unique
- The team found that women tended to rate the quality of a kiss more than men
A new study suggests that the more unequal a society is, the more likely its citizens are to engage in the French kiss, what scientists describe as “mouth-to-mouth romantic kiss.”
A team of scientists from the University of Abertay in Scotland sent questionnaires to 2,988 participants in 13 countries, spanning six continents.
They asked a series of questions about the interviewee’s general attitude towards the kiss, how often a person kissed their partner and the meaning they attributed to that kiss.
A team of scientists from the University of Abertay in Scotland found that countries with higher levels of income inequality were more likely to have citizens kissing
The people who reported kissing most frequently were those who lived in countries with the highest degree of income disparity.
“The results of this research suggest that the environment in which we live is related to the differences in this particular form of romantic intimacy,” lead researcher Dr. Christopher Watkins told Phys.org.
‘The French kiss has been shown by others as related to the quality of a romantic relationship, and our data suggest that we do more in environments where we have less to resort to, where it would be a gesture that shows commitment to a relationship of greater value. “
“Another interesting factor is that, through the nations surveyed, the kiss was considered more important in the established phase of a relationship than in the early stages of the romantic attraction.”
Interestingly, this difference does not apply to other forms of romantic intimacy, such as hugs, cuddles or sex, suggesting that there is something unique about kissing.
The team said the kiss helps deepen social ties in countries where people know that there is little protection for the poor to fall back on
On average, women tended to value kiss quality more than men.
The researchers were able to break down the essential characteristics of a good kiss into two main components.
The first was the general sensory experience of the partner’s smell and breath.
The second main component of a good kiss was the physical sensation of contact and the related physical techniques used during the kiss.
The two main qualities that make a good kiss, according to the respondents, are the smell of your partner and his technique
“What is particularly fascinating about the data is that it compliments large-scale research in very remote cultures that look for romantic mouth-to-mouth kisses,” said Dr. Watkins.
“The kiss is not always present in these cultures and whether or not it is related to how resources are shared in that society.”
“Further work could examine regional differences in kissing and romantic intimacy or the importance of the senses in close interactions between couples using logic similar to current research.”
THE KISS PASSES ON 80 MILLION BUGS – BUT SAVES YOU HEALTHY
Up to 80 million bacteria are transferred during a ten-second kiss, according to biologists
There is nothing as romantic as two lovers sharing a kiss. But scientists have come up with an evolutionary explanation that perhaps threatens to kill passion.
Academics believe that kissing helps partners share bacteria, strengthening their immune systems and allowing them to better fight disease.
According to a Dutch biologist, over 80 million bacteria are transferred during a ten second kiss.
Sharing these germs means that both partners are equipped to ward off infections that may arise later.
Humans carry trillions of bacteria in the body, which together form a “microbiota” – a complex mix of bugs that play a crucial role in digesting food and preventing infections.
Remco Kort, of the Dutch Organization for Applied Scientific Research – or TNO – said that his team has begun to discover the evolutionary reason for the kiss.
“Interestingly, current explanations for the function of intimate kissing in humans include an important role for the microbiota present in the oral cavity, although as far as we know, the exact effects of intimate kissing on the oral microbiota have never been studied.” he said.