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No heavy petting - even on Valentine's DayPosted on: February 13, 2013 14:50:14
Any UK singles hoping for a bit of action this Valentine's Day shouldn't hold their breath, if a new study is to be believed.
According to MSN findings, Brits are less than impressed by public displays of affection (PDA), with more than a quarter of people admitting to being too embarrassed to cuddle and hold hands in public.
Speaking to 2,000 people, the organisation found that people were just as uncomfortable when it came to witnessing other couples.
Heavy petting and kissing with tongues were the biggest no-nos, the findings showed, while others believed even cuddling and holding hands weren't "acceptable".
Respondents from Yorkshire were most peeved by the thought of getting intimate in public and were also the most likely to feel uncomfortable when confronted with others being overly affectionate.
Relationship expert Tracey Cox said not all PDAs are fuelled by a natural desire to touch one another, with some physical contact used to provide reassurance or warn off potential rivals.
However, seeing other couples so in love can also emphasise problems within your own relationship and could be a reason why people don't like seeing it being flaunted, she pointed out.
"Get a room-style PDAs are too lusty and simply make people feel embarrassed. Seeing heavy petting in public is a glimpse into someone's intimate private lives that we often don't particularly want to see," the expert said.
Smooching, bum pinching and arms around the waist were found to be most unwelcome in the workplace, while others said being too touchy-feely on public transport, at the gym and even at a nightclub was unwanted.
The study also brought up a surprising figure, indicating that women are much less keen when it comes to showing how much they care in public than their other half.
As many as one in ten females admitted they would consider breaking up with a man who was too affectionate - no matter what day it might be. So, men, you have been warned.
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