Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Do you remember your first kiss?
How about the first time you kissed someone and decided that he or she wasn't what you were looking for?
Possibly if you're a woman you have done this.
No men in this country these days would dismiss a potential girlfriend based on one kiss. Yes, this is a goofy subject, but not so goofy that researchers at the University of Albany didn't study it.
They found that many college students have been attracted to someone only to realize after kiss number one that they were no longer interested. Kind of schizoid. Presumably, one reason people kiss is that they like each other.
If one ill-executed kiss can erase affection, we're dealing with some pretty superficial students.
"While many forces lead two people to connect romantically, the kiss, particularly the first kiss, can be a deal breaker," the researchers wrote.
In a sample of 1,041 college students, researchers found only five who had never experienced romantic kissing and more than 200 who estimated having kissed more than 20 partners, the scientists report.
They also discovered that when it comes to kissing, women value it more than men. This would come as no surprise to any man who's ever been married or even gone steady for a couple of weeks.
To avoid friction both of you should skip stuff like garlic, onions, anchovies, haggis, blood sausage, and chocolate covered grasshoppers.
An interesting follow-up study would be to measure the number of applicants the university received before and after the kissing study was published.