Brits should stop kissing with tongues at age 57, study reveals

Danielle Fowler
Freelance Writer
Do you think there should be an age limit on French kissing? [Photo: Getty]

Whether you’re head over heels for someone basking in the honeymoon period or have been happily married for a number of years, a good old fashioned smooch is the perfect way to say “I love you”.

But according to new research, couples should stop kissing with tongues at the age of 57.

A study conducted by dating app, Plenty of Fish, revealed that 12% of Brits believe we should stop French kissing by our late fifties - leaving the lip-locking to lovestruck teenagers.

Though if you’re a self-confessed fan of kissing with tongues then no there’s need to panic, as a striking 88% of likeminded participants don’t believe in putting an age limit on snogging.

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In fact, a third of Brits admitted to loving a tongue-whirling kiss with 27% considering it “sexy” and one in ten saying a smooch isn’t as good without tongues.

So it comes as no surprise to learn that nearly half of the nation think kissing is vital to a relationship with 56% adamant that they wouldn’t go past a second date if they experience a subpar smooch.

Are you a self-confessed fan of kissing with tongues? [Photo: Getty]

Though we consider ourselves to be experts with 90% of us believing we’re good at the fine art of kissing - nothing like a bit of self confidence on a first date, huh?

But who’s really the best when it comes to puckering up?

The study revealed that northerners (54%) are marginally ranked as better kissers than southerners (46%).

While Londoners are the most confident in their kissing abilities with 46% revealing that they’ve received compliments over their snogging skills.

In stark comparison, Birmingham residents are the most modest with only a quarter praised by past partners.

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To achieve the best possible kiss, Brits believe a lasting peck should go on for 37 seconds (accompanied with a loving embrace for extra points).

For it to be top notch, it’s best with someone you have great chemistry with too.

In need of some tips ahead of a first date? The experts over at Plenty of Fish have listed their go-to rules for any fledgling love birds out there.

Top tips for kissing with tongues

1. Go easy on the tongue, especially if with a new partner. To start, gently touch your tongue against your partner’s and work out if they seem receptive. It can take time for a couple to work out each other’s preference.

2. Clean breath is a must if a kiss might be on the cards. Keep a mint or piece of chewing gum handy and avoid smelly foods.

3. Kissing can be awkward anyway, so staring straight into each other’s eyes will not work. Keep your eyes closed - it will help you to concentrate on the kissing more.

4. Some people like soft lip biting but keep it to a minimum before you know what your partner likes. FYI: aggressive biting is very unlikely to be a turn on for your partner.

5. Keep your hands to yourself, especially with a new partner. Kissing is an intimate moment for many, so adding more physical contact can be intimidating.

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