Science Reveals The REAL Reason We Hate Watching PDA But Do It Ourselves

Public displays of affection are a liberating albeit gross way of expressing your love for your partner/guy that has a nice smile in that bar. Back in the day it was unheard of and unseen that two people were share as much as a kiss out from behind their shutters. But a good rule of thumb is that whatever drives your elders to tutting, is a step in the right direction.

But, we can admit, it does make things a little uncomfortable when you see two people trying to eat each others’ faces on the train. Yet we’ll happily watch a romance scene in a movie.

What’s the disconnect here?


Some research into PDA was carried out by the University of Kansas. They qualified PDA as “kissing on the mouth, with or without the use of tongues, and fondling breasts and buttocks”, in case you were interested.

The research was into why people engaged in public displays of affection and found that it is a subconscious way of showing off.

It also found that men were far more inclined to engage in PDA than women, for obvious reasons. Relationship expert, Dr. Nicole Martinez attributed this to the fact that “Females of all ages who are affectionate in public, or who are the initiator, are viewed differently than if a male did the same thing”.


Though women and men that willingly engaged that both admitted that they kissed in public to “enhance their image or status by proving they were capable of making out with a particular person”.

For women, motivations included making other girls jealous. For men, kissing in public gave them “credit” whatever that means.

Across both the sexes, however, subjects of the study reduced PDAs down to wanting to “show off their relationship, having fun and simply trying to get together with the other person.”


As a singleton, it might feel like PDA are the emotional equivalent of being hit by a splash of water on the roadside but you can block them out if you try hard enough.