Kissing – when it’s good it can leave you speechless, but when it’s bad…it’s real bad. Let’s dissect the good and the bad of kissing styles and later on, we will give you the four steps to achieving the perfect kiss.
The first type of kiss that is left to be desired by many, is the slobbery sloth (not the official term). The slobbery sloth is when your date treats your face like a salt lick for a prolonged period of time, not knowing when to move on or switch up the tongue action.
Then you have the lizard kiss, where your date doesn’t quite know how much tongue to use, so they proceed using quick strokes. Or perhaps your date goes in the complete opposite direction and gives you an air kiss – pursing their lips but making zero contact, leaving you with a giant question mark as to wtf that was. Or maybe their a teeth clanger – they have no idea how to avoid the clash of the teeth making for quite an uncomfortable exchange.
The most recent research from dating app, Plenty of Fish revealed that 47% of British singles have actually considered ending a relationship over their partner’s poor kissing skills.
The biggest kissing faux pas as identified by British singles are:
- Having bad breath (72%)
- Being too sloppy (48%)
- Clang of clashing teeth (45%)
Fortunately, the most recent Plenty of Fish study also found that good kisses outweighed the bad ones over a lifetime, with Brits having 26 memorable kisses and only 13 bad ones. Singles are definitely doing something very right! There is certainly a formula for a great kiss and POF has uncovered that in the study.
The perfect kiss formula:
- The perfect kiss should last .37 seconds
- The perfect kiss should be soft
- The perfect kiss should be accompanied by a loving embrace
- The perfect kiss should be with someone you have great chemistry with!
With six in ten people agreeing that a kiss is the perfect way to end a first date, Plenty of Fish put together five tips to achieve the perfect kiss:
1. Go easy on the tongue, especially if with a new partner. It can take time for couples to work out each other’s preferences so don’t be afraid to ask your partner what they like!
2. Fresh breath is a must, if a kiss might be on the cards. Keep a mint or piece of gum handy and avoid those potent smelling foods!
3. Kissing can be awkward in the first place, and keeping your eyes open during, will just add another layer of awkwardness. Keeping your eyes closed will help you concentrate on the kissing more
4. Some people like soft lip biting but keep it to a minimum before you know what your partner likes. Keep it subtle and sweet!
5. Keep your hands to yourself, especially with a new partner. Kissing is an intimate moment for many, so adding more physical contact can be intimidating. Take your time and enjoy the moment of romance.