Skip to content

Already kissed today? 11 crazy facts about kissing

Kissing makes you slim, happy and addicted? Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Tikbow has compiled 11 facts about kissing that surprise us!

1. kissing … always lasts longer

In the 1980s, an intimate kiss lasted just five seconds; today, we devote considerably more time to this wonderful activity, an average of 12 seconds. The world record for smooching was set in Thailand in 2013: Ekkachai and Laksana Tiranara kissed for 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds. And this despite the fact that Asians are considered the world’s biggest kissers.

2. … is becoming increasingly popular.

Until a few decades ago, kissing was still largely unknown in some cultures. For example, anthropologists found that in many African and Pacific tribes, people did not know how to kiss at all. The Chinese, a French ethnologist claimed in 1897, consider eating to be a disgusting form of cannibalism. Western influence through television and the Internet has made the world a better place in that respect. Today, more than 90 percent of the world’s population is eating.

3. … sets up to 146 muscles in motion

For a wild smooch we use 34 facial muscles and 112 postural muscles. That’s a lot of movement! In the process, we burn about five calories per minute. Not exactly a lot, you might think. But anyone who only eats because of this has simply missed the point.

4. … is not only people thing.

Dogs, cats, Bären and even birds use expressions of affection that are very reminiscent of the human way of kissing. Our closest relatives, the orangutans, chimpanzees and bonobos, really get down to business, even using their tongues to kiss.

5. … can even be studied

Where there is a practice, there is also the corresponding theory. "Philemtatology" is the science of kissing. Without the work of numerous researchers at universities all over the world, lists like this one would not exist. With this in mind, please keep up the research!

6. … can cause anxiety

Those who have a panic fear of kissing are diagnosed with "philemaphobia". To develop suitable therapies against it, belongs also into the field of activity of the kiss researchers.

7. … can provide a high.

Neither alcohol nor drugs are capable of releasing such a firework of glucose hormones as happens during a passionate kiss. At the same time, the stress hormone cortisol is reduced and thanks to better blood circulation, the complexion quickly looks fresher. Another advantage: unlike intoxicants, there’s also no hangover afterwards. Even better, the immune system gets an extra boost from the exchange of an estimated 40,000 bacteria.

8. you can learn

In the past, you just slobbered away, today the youth can prepare professionally for their first kiss – by video instruction. On YouTube alone, the search query "Kiss Tutorial" spits out almost 500,000 results.

9. … became salonfäable in India

Researchers disagree about who first kissed where. A look at the animal world proves that it is not a human invention. The fact is, however, that people in India recognized the aesthetic qualities of kissing as early as 5000 years ago. There were found the oldest representations of lovers facing each other with their mouths.

10. … makes old & süchtig

At the age of 70, we have kissed an average of 100,000 times in our lives. That amounts to a net make-out time of about 76 days. Since, according to U.S. studies, frequent kissers are said to live up to five years longer than kissing muffleurs, their total kissing rate increases considerably. And because kissing is so nice, July 6 has been declared International World Kissing Day.

11. … on the first date?

Sure! At least according to the study über 50 percent of German men would say that. Women are somewhat more hesitant. Only 34 percent would dare to take this step. But in all honesty, it is always the gut feeling that decides in the end.