Relationships

This is why we close our eyes when we kiss

By Kara Byers March 22, 2016
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Ever wondered why we close our eyes when we kiss? Aside from the fact it'd be super awkward to stare at each other during, there's also a scientific reason for it.

Kissing, pashing, snogging, smooching, making out, tonsil tennis... Whatever you call it, it's a wonderful pasttime. There are a few 'rules' to observe when doing it - including keeping your eyes closed - but have you ever wondered why we close our eyes? Turns out there is an actual scientific explanation that says we actually NEED to close our eyes when kissing another person. 

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In a study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance it was discovered that it’s actually extremely difficult for our brain to focus on our other senses if we’ve got any visual stimuli to distract us. Therefore, we need to close our eyes while kissing so we can actually enjoy how it feels physically. 

Dr Sandra Murphy, one of the psychologists who led the study, said, 

“It was already known that increasing the demands of a visual task could reduce noticing of visual and auditory stimuli. Our research extends this finding to the sense of touch.” 

So essentially people want to focus on touch, rather than other distracting sense - sight. 

Plus, it’s just completely weird and, well, strange to have your eyes open mid-make out. 

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