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.