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The Science Behind Kissing

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If you really think about it, kissing is kind of bizarre habit that humanity has picked up. Smooshing our faces together as a way of expressing love may seem weird, but there’s actually quite a bit of science and history behind this form of affection.

Why We Kiss

Perhaps the most obvious answer to this question is that we like to kiss. Our lips are packed with sensitive nerve endings, which makes kissing pleasurable. However, we kiss for many reasons, and most of them have nothing to do with sexual desires. We kiss our children, our friends, and our relatives as a way to show love and affection. Researchers have discovered that around 95% of human beings on Earth engage in kissing behavior.

It’s Not Just Humans…

You might be surprised to learn that kissing is not just a human behavior. It has also been observed in chimpanzees and other primates. Chimps, for example, will kiss one another after resolving a fight. They take the phrase “kiss and make up” quite literally! Other animals, such as squirrels, elephants, and bears practice some form of kissing, although we aren’t quite sure why. However, observing kissing behavior in nature means that kissing is not a learned behavior – it’s instinctual.

We still have unanswered questions about the history of kissing and where it comes from. But don’t worry, because scientists are on the case. The science of kissing (called philematology) is rapidly gaining popularity, meaning we’ll certainly learn more about attraction, love, and kisses.

To make sure that your mouth is kissable this Valentine’s Day, schedule a visit with Lockett Orthodontics! Our office is located in Colorado Springs, CO.

Posted on Feb 17, 2017

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