Kissing is a pleasurable experience for most people, and puckering up is more than just swapping saliva between two passionate lovers. Who knew there was so much to kissing?
According to science, if you turn your head to the right while kissing, you’re a more emotional person than someone who tilts their head to the left while making out. The right hemisphere of the brain is responsible for intense emotion, and also controls the left side of the body, so science suggests that kissers who tilt to the right while making out tend to be more emotional people, whereas left-tilters are more lack-luster in the kissing department.
Kissing burns calories too, and is a mini workout for the body. Kissing for a minute can burn up to six calories a minute- the more passionate, the better. Your make out fest can actually burn a significant amount of calories, comparable to half the calories burned by jogging for a minute! A lot more fun, and definitely more rewarding. Make out for 5 minutes and you can burn up to 30 calories!
Did you know that the average human mouth contains 600 germs, and according to Dr. Anna McNulty from the Sydney Sexual Health Centre in Australia, Hepatitis B, cold sores, and meningococcus can be transferable viruses via kissing, but the odds of transferring a virus via kissing are rare. She suggests kissing a cold sore sufferer on the cheek to avoid getting the virus yourself, and that out of all the many germs we carry daily in our mouths, the good germs outweigh the bad so the likelihood of catching germs or viruses via kissing are fairly rare. Overall, she says, the good of kissing outweighs the bad by far, and that kissing is a fun, pleasurable activity, and that “It’s uncommon that anything is transmitted through kissing”.
It takes a lot of work to pucker up as well. A full-on make out session can use all 34 of our facial muscles, and up to 112 other bodily muscles to keep correct posture while making out and keeping in a comfortable position. No wonder kissing burns so many calories!
The longest kiss ever recorded was 33 hours long, performed by Matt Daley and Bobby Canciello of the United States in 2010, according to recordholders.org. That must be quite the workout! They had to perform the kiss without any rest breaks and had to remain standing the entire time in order to create the record.