Strange Facts about Kissing

kissing facts

  1. Open-mouthed kissing enables the transfer of hormones from the man to the woman. As the mucus membranes in the mouth are permeable to hormones – like testosterone – a man can increase arousal in the woman, increasing the changes for sexual intercourse.

  2. Kissing is a wonderful cure for most ails. Studies demonstrate that smooching improves skin, increases circulation, prevents dental decay and may even relieve headaches.

  3. Kissing can be a great calorie burner. A quickie may burn 2-3 calories but a long, passionate kiss may kill 5 plus calories. The longer you go – the more calories you burn!

  4. Kissing keeps our facial muscles strong. Cheeks kept tight use about 30 different muscles for long or short periods of time. What a workout!

  5. Men who kiss their significant others before leaving work earn higher income on average than those who don’t.

  6. Prostitutes avoid kissing customers in order to avoid any emotional attachment.

  7. The average person spends about 336 hours of life kissing someone.

  8. Women typically use kissing as a means to evaluate the potential for a relationship while men use it as a means to increase the probability of sex.

  9. Kissing helps our immune systems. As we are most likely to pass bugs on to our partners, their immune system builds a defense as well and strengthens itself.

  10. Kissing creates chemicals in our bodies that make us feel good and relaxed.

  11. Beware, kissing is considered a criminal act in the nation of Indonesia – you might get slapped with 5 years in prison.

  12. As is with fingerprints and snowflakes, no two lip impressions are the same.

  13. Kissing releases the same “excitement” neurotransmitters as does other activities like parachuting, bungee jumping and running.

  14. An open-mouthed kiss may transmit anywhere up to 278 strains of bacteria. You might want to remember that the next time an open pair of lips comes your way.

By Hannah Jones

Hannah is a Manchester based writer who has spent many years studying and working in the field of journalism and psychology. Hannah enjoys swimming, meditation and dog walking. Her favourite quote is, 'If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you.'