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Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Why we kiss
OK, this isn't about food and maybe it's not even about health. Nonetheless, it's worth a quick detour since we all do it. Or hope to! The topic is "What is the reason that people kiss each other?" Or in other words, what is the psychological and even evolutionary function of humans locking lips?
According to research published in the New York Times, it's not really that much about sex -- not primarily, at least, the way we size up whether we want to "do it" with someone.
Turns out that kissing serves different functions for different people, depending on what they are looking for at the moment, or in their lives overall.
And people in long-term, committed relationships value kissing as more important than intercourse as a measure of the happiness of their relationship.
Kissing is more about emotional connection than it is about sexual intimacy.
If you want to read more, click here.
My day job is college professor -- of mass communication and journalism, at the University of Cincinnati. I've probably got a few more years to go, and it's a good gig. Love to travel, cook, dine out, and work out.