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You Kissed Him Where? Romantic Kissing Is Rarer Than You Think

The Kiss
"The Kiss - Gustav Klimt - Google Cultural Institute" by Gustav Klimt - Google Art Project. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons

A surprising study shows that many cultures don't participate in romantic kissing.

Think you know a potential mate by the way they kiss?

Beyond the movie screen, here in Las Vegas you’ll find newly-mets – those who meet by chance on a weekend sojourn – kissing on club floors, in bars, casino pools. Everywhere.

But if you’re one of those aiming a kiss at a newly-met, you might think twice: Las Vegas attracts tourists from around the world and the romantic kiss is not universally accepted.

At least that’s the finding of UNLV anthropology professor William Jankowiak who has published a report on the romantic kiss in  American Anthropologist.

His findings may surprise you.

Professor William Jankowiak, UNLV Anthropology Department

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Joe Schoenmann joined Nevada Public Radio in 2014. He works with a talented team of producers at State of Nevada who explore the casino industry, sports, politics, public health and everything in between.