Give 'Em a Smooch!

posted by Shannon Steele -

Remember your first kiss? Maybe it was exhilarating, or maybe it was terrifying. Either way, it was definitely awkward.


You're probably a lot better at it now. Luckily, kissing makes us happy and relieves stress. You can kiss your partner or a pet, or you can give someone a "hello" peck on their cheek. Kissing transcends language barriers and cultural boundaries. Not to mention it's a full-face workout! So get out there and celebrate International Kissing Day!

National Today took a Kiss and Tell survey of 1,000 Americans to see how our smooches stack up! 

HOW DO AMERICANS RATE THEIR KISSING SKILLS?
#1: “Good” (32%)
#2: “Great” (28%)
#3: “Amazing” (23%)
#4: “Okay” (16%)
#5: “Horrible” (2%)

HOW DO AMERICANS RATE THEIR PARTNERS?
#1: “Amazing” (27%)
#2: “Great” (27%)
#3: “Good” (26%)
#4: “Okay” (12%)
#5: “Horrible” (2%)

AMERICANS RANK THE WORST ATTRIBUTES OF A BAD KISSER
#1: Bad breath (58%)
#2: Too much tongue (20%)
#3: Teeth (10%)
#4: Not enough tongue (6%)
#5: Eye contact (6%)

WHEN DID THE AVERAGE AMERICAN HAVE THEIR FIRST KISS? 
#1: Middle School (36%)
#2: High School (26%)
#3: Elementary School (22%)
#4: 18-21 (8%)
#5: 21-25 (2%)
#6: 25-30 or after 30 (1%)

2% OF AMERICANS HAVE NEVER BEEN KISSED
The majority of them (62%) are men who are between the ages of 18-24 (54%) or 25-34 (31%).

AMERICAN’S TOP KISSING QUIRKS:
#1: Always checking their breath before they kiss someone (42%) 
#2: Kissing someone as a dare (31%)
#3: Letting my pet kiss me on the mouth (14%)
#4: Putting on chapstick to get ready (12%)
#5: Being grossed out when parents kiss in front of them (11%)

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