Do all cultures kiss? This is a question that anthropologists have asked themselves and have finally answered. It may seem that kissing is a natural instinct and that all societies across the world engage in this affectionate behavior. The truth is, however, that scientists have discovered that only about 50% of the human population engage in kissing. This leads them to believe that kissing is not an instinctual, but rather a socially constructed action.
So as much as we’d like to think that kissing is a universal act, it is in fact not so. Many societies find kissing, especially French kissing, disgusting and unsanitary. This type of sexual-romantic kissing is mostly practiced by Western societies.