You don’t need to be watching a romantic-comedy to know that a first kiss can be the beginning of a beautiful romance, or not.
On Friday, July 6th, it will be International Kissing Day, so if you didn’t kiss that hottie during the fireworks display on Fourth of July, here are some tips from our friends at Coffee Meets Bagel to get it right.
This week will be one of the busiest times of the summer, with Coffee Meets Bagel telling me they saw a 33% jump in sign-ups on July 3rd and 21% on July 4th last year.
Match has declared Sunday, July 8th as the busiest day of the summer for activity on their online dating site.
From French kissing, to how many dates should you go on before that first passionate kiss, here are some kissing turn-ons and turn-offs.
- 42% of women and 40% of men say the best time to lean in for the kiss is near the end of the date.
- 49% of women want the kiss to be light and gentle with lips closed, followed closely with 47% pf want a deep kiss with no tongue.
- 47% of men find bad breath a turn-off and 31% of women gave a thumbs down to too much tongue or saliva
- 64% of women and 58% of men agreed that the magic length of the first kiss should be 2-5 seconds. Anything longer would be a turn-off and anything shorter doesn’t measure up.
If you’re nervous about leaning in for the first kiss, don’t be. The Coffee Meets Bagel survey found that only 2% of both men and women found just a peck with lips barely touching a turn-on.
One tip that I always recommend at the end of a date, is to ask the person permission for a kiss. Just simply saying, “May I kiss you goodnight?” will show you respect your date and you’ll get the cue if it’s safe to lean in for that smooch.
So grab your lip gloss, bring some breath mints, and get ready for a week of kissing.
Wishing you much love and joy in cyberspace, or wherever you may kiss, swipe, or roam. xo
Julie Spira is America’s Top Online Dating Expert and Digital Matchmaker. She’s the CEO of Cyber-Dating Expert, and as an early adopter of Internet dating, has been coaching singles on finding love online for almost 25 years.
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