A kiss is the act of pressing ones lips against anothers lips, body oran object. Among other things a kiss can express love, passion,
affection, respect, greeting, friendship and good luck.
The science of kissing is named philematology. Kissing is nearly
universal and is practiced in at least 90 percent of cultures among
sexual or romantic partners.
Depending on the culture, relationship and context, a person may kiss
another on their lips, cheek, head, hand and each of these gestures
may carry a different social significance.
According to a recent research, males kiss romantically as a way of
trying to gain sexual favors and also to attempt reconciliation.
Females kiss to asses prospective mates. If a female is in a committed
relationship, she will kiss to reestablish her status in the
In general, kissing has higher importance to women than men and women
are more likely to insist on kissing before a sexual encounter.
Couples transfer an average of 9 milligrams of water, 0.7 milligrams
of protein, 0.18 milligrams of organic matter, 0.71 milligrams of fat
and 0.45 milligrams of salt to each other with each open-mouthed kiss
A kiss transmits smells, tastes, sound and tactile signals that all
affect how individuals perceive each other and, ultimately,
whether they will want to kiss again.
Women tend to be attracted to male partners with different genetic makeup from
their own. This is detected through smell
during the kiss.
Kissing can escalate a relationship or end it.
A typical French kiss moves 29 muscles in the face.
The most universally known kiss is the French kiss. The ‘French kiss’ is
a type of sexual arousal in which two people kiss with their mouths
open so that the tongues can touch. There are hundreds of different theories
on the origin of the French kiss. A common theory states that
the term ‘French Kiss’ dates back to the 1730’s. It is
believed that the word French was used as a derogatory term.
In 1666 Pope Alexander VII proclaimed kissing as a sin.
Mononucleosis, or mono, is often spread by saliva and close contact.
It is known as “the kissing disease,” and occurs most often in those
ages 15 to 17. However, the infection may develop at any age. While
Mono is called a kissing disease, it is often contracted through
people engaging in activities where they pass fluid containers to each
other, such as beer pong. Mono can lead to hepatitis, meningitis,
seizures, temporary facial paralysis, spleen rupture and even death.
Philematophobia is a fear of kissing. A person suffering with this
phobia might experience breathlessness, excessive sweating, dry mouth,
feeling sick, shaking, heart palpitations, inability to speak or think
clearly, a fear of dying, becoming mad or losing control, a sensation
of detachment from reality or a full blown anxiety attack.
The first kiss ever recorded on film was called The Kiss (1896).
The world’s longest kiss took place in New York City, lasting 30
hours, 59 minutes, and 27 seconds.
The exact origin of kissing is unknown. One theory suggests
that the nourishment and oral satisfaction that kissing provides may
be linked to the long history of prehistoric mothers who, through
the act of “mouth feeding,” transferred pre-masticated food to their
A kiss can contain up to 278 different bacteria, 95% of which are
70% of people aged 16 to 24 years had their first kiss by age 15,
46% of their parents had kissed by that age.