When you think about the mechanics of it, kissing is pretty strange, and a recent study is trying to unravel why we so enjoy putting our faces on other people’s faces. Researchers from Oxford say that kissing helps us select a partner: the kiss acts as a “trial run of a potential mate,” alerting us to “hidden biological cues indicating the genetic fitness or desirability of a potential mate.” So it means what we always thought it meant: if they can kiss, they can… well, you know.
The study found that women value kissing more than men, unsurprisingly— but also that men and women who rated themselves as more attractive placed more importance on kissing. This may be a matter of supply and demand: better-looking partners have a bigger pool to fish in, so to speak, and therefore more choices to make. Kissing is a way to narrow down the options. “It could be a subconscious thing, or it could be that mates are actually figuring out whether each other smells good,” says Time Magazine. So maybe a good make out after the first date isn’t the worst idea. You wouldn’t buy a car without going for a test drive, would you?
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