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How to Know When It's OK to Engage in PDA

Unsure when it's appropriate to display affection publicly? Here are some simple ways to know when it's OK to engage in PDA.


  • Step 1: Caught up in a joyful moment? Definitely OK to engage in PDA! A big kiss to celebrate a graduation, marriage proposal, or birthday is totally acceptable.
  • Step 2: Ask yourself a simple question: would your PDA gross you out if you saw other people displaying the same level of affection? If so, give it a rest. When in doubt, don't make out.
  • FACT: In 2005, a life-size statue of a sailor kissing a nurse was unveiled in Times Square to commemorate the famous photo taken at the end of World War II.
  • Step 3: Engage in PDA when it won't get in other people's way -- think head-on-shoulder while sitting in a park -- but show restraint when standing on sidewalks, sitting in class, or waiting in line; you shouldn't have to detangle your tongue to talk to someone waiting on you.
  • Step 4: In a house of worship? Unless you've just taken your partner for as long as you both shall live, limit the PDA to a lingering gaze.
  • TIP: Holding hands is usually OK -- if anyone questions you, pretend you're leading your partner somewhere.
  • Step 5: If you're moving your hands below your partner's clothes to cop a feel, disengage immediately! Going under clothing is guaranteed to get under the viewing public's skin.
  • Step 6: Get your message across quickly to avoid seriously bothering anyone. A peck on the cheek, a friendly hug hello -- pretty much any brief sign of affection you'd show your mother -- is always OK.

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