The best place to have a first kiss on the sea island of St Lucia is not necessarily the best date, according to new research.
Key points:Researchers say a “sophisticated, mature and experienced” approach to first dates on the Pacific island is neededExperts say a well-developed first kiss is important to building trust and rapport, but not necessarily to marriageAn analysis of more than 10,000 first-time kiss-related interactions found the average time for a kiss to happen is between five and seven minutesThe research, which was carried out by researchers from the University of Queensland and the Australian National University, found that in countries with a high percentage of “socially acceptable” first dates, such as the UK and US, first kisses tend to last for longer than those in countries where people prefer to have an open relationship.
The study, conducted by Australian researchers, compared a survey of more 2,500 first-date participants to more than 5,500 surveys from a global sample of 2,600 people.
Participants in the UK had the most first-kissing time, followed by US, Australia, Canada and France.
The most common first- kiss on St Lucia was between six and eight minutes.
In contrast, Australians had the shortest time for the first kiss to take place, at six minutes.
Participant attitudes toward kissing and sexual activity were also linked to the amount of time it took for the two people to kiss.
On average, participants said they were satisfied with the way they’d behaved during a kiss, and they were less likely to say they’d had an inappropriate or “sloppy” kiss than the people in the US.
However, those in the United States were more likely to agree with the statement that they’d kissed someone who didn’t deserve their kiss.
The research also found that first kisses tended to be shorter in Australia than in the rest of the world.
“We can say that in Australia, the amount that people are willing to wait to have sex is probably a little bit lower,” Dr Simon Hirsch, a researcher in the department of epidemiology at the University’s Department of Health Sciences and the University Hospital in Sydney, told ABC News.
“In the UK it’s probably the same.”
Dr Hirsch said that while it may be a “nicer” approach in countries that do have a lower proportion of people in committed relationships, it was important to take into account differences in the way in which people have sex.
“People may find it easier to have casual sex than in countries like Australia where they don’t have to worry about having to be at the very top of the social hierarchy, and where it’s more acceptable to do that,” he said.
“So I think it’s important to get those sorts of things right.”
The research found that people who had a good first kiss tended to have better sex than people who didn�t.
Dr Hichen said it was not yet clear why people in developed countries were more willing to have open relationships.
However he said a study he conducted in 2014 had shown that if a couple had a first- and second-time sex before they were married, the relationship had a better chance of lasting than if they’d done so at the time of the first marriage.
He said the study could help inform the future development of sexual behaviour in developing countries.
“The key point is to not just be a sexual partner, but also a good partner and that includes people who are married,” he told ABC Radio Brisbane.
“I think we’re in an interesting time with regard to sexual behaviour.”