The Worrisome Reason Why So Many Married Couples Kiss Less Than Once A Week

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WAY Too Many Married Couples Kiss Less Than Once A Week

Every movie involving a fratboy-type, married male lead will brush upon the most clichéd stereotype of monogamy — that once we say "I do," we stop having sex. But not everyone thinks that's necessarily true. Hey, it's a stereotype for a reason.

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Many couples, whether they've been together for months, years, or even decades have their fair share of intimacy issues. Having healthy intimacy in marriage is important to creating a long-lasting relationship. But sometimes, couples lose that spark and things slowly deteriorate. 


A survey from the British Heart Foundation revealed that nearly one in five married couples go without kissing for as long as one week at a time! And when they do finally lock lips, it will last no longer than five seconds for 40 percent of them.

How you could go an entire week without kissing your spouse? It's absolutely mind boggling. No wonder so many couples have intimacy issues within their relationship. 

Granted, these results are based on the British population, but how different are our countries when it comes to kissing, really? They are the nation that spawned us, after all.


There are some glimmers of hope in the results, albeit few. Five percent of those age 45 and up squeeze in more than 30 kisses per week, which averages out to just over four per day. So, not counting a presumed "good morning" and "good night" kiss, that leaves two others. Even younger couples age 18 to 24 — not necessarily married — make some time for romance, with an average of 11 kisses per week, or less than two per day.

The results were released in an effort to publicize the BHF's Emergency Life Skills campaign and highlight the importance of knowing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation — called the "kiss of life" overseas. Stateside, we think this survey emphasizes the need for a romantic boost in our relationships.

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