Kissing is Key to Long-Term Relationships
A paper published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior makes it clear that kissing — whether innate to our species or not — is meaningful to those of us whose cultures do it. There were two surveys in this research. The first had 335 respondents and found that the longer people engaged in post-sex affections, like kissing and cuddling, the higher their sexual satisfaction. This also resulted in higher overall relationship satisfaction. In the second survey (of 101 people), the respondents reported daily post-sex affections and satisfaction. Researchers found that the link between post-sex affection and both sexual and relationship satisfaction held in these detailed accounts. They also found that longer and more high-quality sessions of affection during the study period predicted higher satisfaction three months later.