Relationships, What's On Our Mind

Science explains why we close our eyes when we kiss

Melissa Imbesi by Melissa Imbesi
March 29th, 2016

Think back to your last pash. It could have been five days ago, last night or five minutes ago, but I’ll bet that whenever it was, your eyes were probably closed at the time.

Researchers from the University of London recently discovered why our eyes almost instinctively close when we have a good old-fashioned smooch.  According to their study, Sandra Murphy and Polly Dalton found that an increase in visual stimuli makes you LESS sensitive to touch. “These results could explain why we close our eyes when we want to focus attention on another sense,” Polly Dalton told The Independent.

I experimented with this myself and pulled my husband in for a big one. I kept my eyes open the entire time and it was WEIRD to say the least – the focus went from being totally in that moment to looking for cobwebs on my skirting boards.  I started taking mental notes about my to-do list and thinking, “I don’t have time to be kissing, I’ve got shit to do!” It was a real romance-sucker.

Think about when you’re trying to remember the words of a song, or recall the name of someone. We often close our eyes to block everything else out so we can focus entirely on our memory or an image in our mind. Same goes with a passionate snog…in order to block out all the other senses going on around us during that moment, we close our eyes to take in just the senses involved during that kiss. Imagine how distracted you’d be if you were paying more attention to the sights and sounds around you while you were mid-kiss, like cleaning your skirting boards. Awkward.

The open-eye pash. Weird.

The open-eye pash. Weird.

Do you always close  your eyes when you kiss?