Are You A Bad Kisser? The Answer Is In This Infographic


July 6th is International Kissing Day! See how you rate on the kissing scale.

Big news, you guys! July 6th is International Kissing Day! As if you needed another reason to smooch your favorite kisser! So skip the extra garlic on your pizza, pull the raw onions out of your sandwich, and pucker up, because this is the day that we pay homage to one of the most fun and intimate things about being human. Who doesn’t love a kiss?

Kissing is an extremely important part of relationships and overall health. Kissing not only does wonders for our self-esteem, but it reduces stress and anxiety, and provides for our relationships a connection that even sex can't offer. And, as we've learned in "What Women Really Think…", a kiss can make or break the potential for love.

According to a study by psychology professor Gordon Gallup, 66 percent or women and 59 percent of men have broken up with people just because they were bad kissers. In fact, if you can't bring your A-game to the kissing party on a first date, then you can pretty much forget about a second one.

EliteSingles talked to Dating, Relationship and Body Language Expert, Katia Loisel, about what truly makes a bad kiss. We already know bad kissing can be the kiss of death (pun!), but what exactly is bad? Here's what you should avoid.

The sloppy kiss. Exactly what it sounds like, the sloppy kiss leaves the mouth and face of your partner drenched in your saliva. Why would you do that? Save that saliva for what it’s supposed to be for: breaking down your food before it hits your digestive system.

The dead fish. Oh, I'm sorry… are you bored? Even if you’re not, your dead fish kiss is saying otherwise. You know how they say it takes “two to tango?” Same goes for kissing. Even if you’re unsure about your kissing skills, at least make an effort, I mean, at least move your lips.

The tongue down the throat. No. No. No. This one is just a boatload of gross, and isn't fun for someone with a sensitive gag reflex. Do you want to be thrown up on? Do you?!

The darting tongue. What are you? Some sort of reptile? As Loisel says, “Darting your tongue in and out of their mouth like a snake isn't likely to get you a second date." And while "tongue kissing" is rated higher by men than women, it doesn’t mean you need to stab at your partner's mouth. That's just weird.

The hard kiss. While it might look great in movies, this is a hard one to execute in real life. For starters, the passion behind it is awesome, but if you kiss so hard that you’ve taken complete control of the situation and are not allowing your partner to give a little back, then you’ve failed. Go home, hard kisser, you’re drunk.

Not sure how you rate on the kissing scale? (I mean, besides the fact that you've never gotten a second date.) Check out the infographic and see where you fall. Then, after you've figured out what changes, if any, you have to make, grab some lip balm and get ready for International Kissing Day. In the words of a great philosopher by the name of Prince, "You don't have to be rich to be my girl. You don't have to be cool to rule my world. Ain't no particular sign I'm compatible with, I just want your extra time and your… kiss."