Why Do We Kiss?

Why Do We Kiss?

Last update: 31 October, 2016

Have you ever asked yourself what’s the reasoning behind one of the most sincere displays of affection and love? The kiss. Perhaps your answer would be simply “because we feel like it”.

The meaning of a kiss, that universal and characteristic action between human beings that serves as a display of love, has been the subject of many scientific studies. Research has shown that we kiss in order to determine if the other person is genetically compatible with us.

In this article, I’ll share some information with you about the act of kissing that will probably make you see kisses as not just a simple expression of love and caring, but as proof of our evolution as human beings.

“Kisses are like nuggets of gold or silver found in the dirt, not very valuable by themselves, but of great worth because they mean that there is a mine near by.”
-George Villiers-

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In her book  “The Science of Kissing”, the scientist Sheril Krishenbaum affirms that “scientists are still not entirely sure why we kiss.” This is because there are still “many challenges when it comes to interpreting what a kiss means” due to the lack of studies on the subject, according to Krishenbaum.