There’s a lot that a kissing style says about you. Indeed, Oliver Wendell Holmes once wrote, “The sound of a kiss is not so loud as that of a cannon, but its echo lasts a great deal longer.”
That being said, women (and men too) tend to hold on to the memory of a kiss for a lifetime. Plus, a single kiss has the power to make or break a connection.
According to Sheril Kirshenbaum, the author of The Science of Kissing, an amazing kiss “quickens our pulse and dilates our pupils, which is the reason so many of us close our eyes. Our brains receive more oxygen than normal… our checks flush… but that’s only the beginning.”
On the other hand, a horrid kiss can send the moment into a deal breaking spiral.
In order to help men around the globe (and women, you can definitely benefit from this as well), we’ve done a bit of research. Below are the kissing styles that are a complete turn-off, and what people often think that kissing style says about you.
1. Too Much Tongue
One of the biggest things is to not use too much tongue or too much force. You know what these are? Deal breakers. Too much tongue makes us want to throw up.
2. Nothing But Pecks
On the contrary, it’s a bit boring if you never use your tongue. Getting pecked over and over again, without any deepening of the kiss, gets extremely annoying.
3. Suffocating Smooches
Have you ever kissed someone who never seemed to want to come up for air? Great kisses are supposed to leave you breathless, but we don’t think that implies feeling as if we are drowning.
4. Porn Tongue
Yeah, don’t do that. Remember that the majority of porn is made to turn men on. If you’re not sure how to use your tongue, ask what she wants. Let her show you, rather than assuming she wants to recreate the porn scene you’ve seen 100 times.
5. Dead Fish Lips
This is where the person just opens their mouth like a fish and does nothing else: no tongue, no lip pressure or movement–nothing. So boring and so gross. One episode of dead fish lips, and you’re likely to lose your hot catch forever.
6. The Vacuum
Think of having a hand-held vacuum and sticking your lips on it. This kind of kiss feels like the person is trying to suck out all the air from your mouth. Totally not sexy, not sensual, just plain horrible.
7. The Biter
Sure, the occasional lip bite may be sexy, but if it feels like you’re trying to eat our face, we won’t be leaning in for any more kisses.
8. The Lizard
You’ve probably come across this one in your lifetime. It’s where the person’s tongue shoots in and out of your mouth rapidly, like a lizard searching for food.
9. Too Wet
You know that feeling when spit is left all over your mouth after you kiss someone? When you have to wipe off your mouth and chin afterwards? It seriously feels as if we just stood in front of a sprinkler. And fellas, that’s not the kind of wet we’re looking for.
10. Sloppy Kiss
What does this kissing style say about you? That you’re messy, sloppy, and don’t really care about what you’re doing. You know what we mean, right? Focus and slowness is the key! We don’t like when you try to fit the entire bottom half of our face into your mouth. Sloppy kisses give us the shivers.
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