"By the power vested in me, it is my honor and delight to declare you husband and wife. You may now kiss the bride!"
SWAK. XOXO. Kissy face emoji. Kisses are pretty ubiquitous in western culture. From the silver screen to the people sitting in front of you watching the silver screen, we suck face all the time, but why?
There are basically two schools of thought – kissing is a learned behavior or it’s innate. Those in the learned camp think that back in the day our great-great-greatx1000 grammama would chew some food and spit in the mouth of her babies aka cavebaby food. Even after her babes could feed themselves, she would press her mouth to their faces for comfort. Additionally, some philematologists (kissing scientists) also point to non-kissing cultures to support their hypothesis. Many people around the world find westerners and northern-asian people strange for swapping spit, germs, and the like with grown adults. In the “it’s in our genes” camp, to bolster their point, philematologists cite animals like bonobo apes who kiss to make up after fights or for comfort.
At the end of the day, scientists know that when we are snogging, we get a good whiff of the person’s pheromones, which gives us hints as to if our lip partner would make a good life partner.
Mouthal regions are also jam packed full of nerve endings that make kissing feel so good. Plus it burns 2 calories a minute, so good for the body as well.
So if it’s a big deal kiss
or a sweet regular one,
kissing is either a loving act or a weird thing we do. As with most things, it's all about perspective!