People tend to have pretty strong opinions about locking lips out in public. Some are all about that PDA, while others would NEVER be caught publicly smooching, and don’t understand what compels someone to do so. Luckily, scientists are on the case.
The researchers also searched for major themes in the data and found some pretty fascinating reasons for smooching in the open. Among women, 55 percent wanted to be seen with men to make other people jealous, 34 percent wanted to signify a relationship, and 30 percent did so to enhance their image. For men, it was much more about boosting their image: 59 percent reported that was the primary reason they’d lock lips in public. Thirty-eight percent said they did so simply to prove they could, while only 20 percent wanted to show a relationship.
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The researchers didn’t stop at simply sussing out motivations—they also sought to uncover how these men and women felt PDA affected their reputations. Men said that their reps were enhanced (57 percent) more often than damaged (14 percent) by a public makeout sesh—but, sadly, women said the opposite. In fact, 39 percent of women felt PDA affected others’ perception of them negatively. The researchers point out how messed up this is, noting that the findings “highlight gender differences consistent with problematic cultural belief systems such as ‘slut shaming,’ victim blaming, and sexual double standards.”