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Why Romantic Kissing Isn't Practiced In Nearly Half Of The World

August 05, 2015 1 min read

Romantic kissing is not a trait that developed through the evolutionary process like smiling and laughing. In fact, it isn't practiced in many cultures. Only 46% of the world's cultures engage in kissing as a sign of love and affection. A study published in American Anthropologist found that 73% of Asian cultures, 70% of European cultures and 55% of North American cultures kiss. Central America has little to no kissing in their culture. “Like other romantic and sexual behaviors, while kissing may be a way to communicate intimacy in some societies or may function as a specific eroticized activity in others, it is important to note that for quite a few kissing is seen as unpleasant, unclean, or simply unusual." concludes the study researchers. Some cultures have kissing variations such as the Inuit who 'Eskimo Kiss' by rubbing noses. This practice is less about romance and more about familial bonding. The Maori of New Zealand preform another variation of kissing as a greeting. India, according to some anthropologists, was the birthplace of romantic kissing as we know it today. Ancient writings have depicted the act but it was always viewed as a private practice. No PDA! Kissing has been scientifically proven to release feel-good hormones in the brain and arouse the body. But for some people, it can seem a little icky or even unnatural. What are your thoughts on kissing? Source: Shape Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_102987" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]  

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