Pucker up or die lonely - Aussie kissing verdict

WHO doesn't like a good snog?

Not many of us, if you take the word of dating agency eHarmony for gospel.

Today is International Kissing Day, which seems as good a time as any to promote the power of a good spit swap.

The online dating agency has released research that reveals kissing really is the key to a solid relationship.

Among the statistics that the research revealed, was the fact that 37% of people in a relationship said they needed at least one smooch every day in order to feel satisfied.

For those in a new relationship, that number increased to 3-4 kisses per day.

Body language expert Katia Loisel said there was science behind the findings.

"Kissing can increase attraction, boost oxytocin (the cuddle hormone that induces connection and intimacy) and reduce conflict and stress," she said.

"Therefore, couples who kiss frequently are also more likely to feel happy and connected as well as experiencing additional benefits from increased touch, eye contact and intimacy. It is such a small action that can reap big rewards for couples."

Keeping your lips on lockdown is not the only thing that may spell relationship doom; skill is also important, with one in five Aussies admitting they would break up with someone if they were a bad kisser.

"Numerous studies have shown that women place more importance on kissing than men and use kissing as a form of mate selection, and a way to initiate, maintain and evaluate the health of their relationship. Whilst a bad kiss can be a deal breaker, a fabulous kiss can be a game changer with studies showing that a good kiss can actually make you appear more attractive," Ms Loisel said.

Bad breath and excessive saliva were listed as the two biggest kissing turn-offs.

A quarter of those surveyed said they wouldn't go on a second date with a bad kisser.

e-Harmony kissing graphic.
e-Harmony kissing graphic.

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