Why do people close their eyes when they kiss? Who invented this custom? When you don t keep your eyes closed you re violating a sacred principle. It s like eating cereal with your hands when nobody s around. Nobody sees you, but you still feel weird and like you re violating the natural order. If you need a reason to keep your eyes closed while kissing, here are seven top reasons, according to a poll taken outside Rockefeller Center by sexologist Diane DeLay, PhD, as part of the research for her upcoming book, Love Me Like We re Bunnies :
You wouldn t want to see what you look like while kissing, so neither would your partner; Your brain can t make your tongue swirl around if your eyes are moving at the same time.
It s the same principle as trying to pat your head while using your other hand to go in circles over your belly; It s weird enough to kiss with your eyes open, but even weirder to make moaning sounds; For females, it ruins everything if you re fantasizing about Brad Pitt when you re staring at something closer to Steve Buscemi; For males, if you re kissing in the middle of intercourse, with your eyes closed it s easier to imagine baseball; With your eyes open, your lover s nose looks bigger than the Chrysler Building The study, suggests that in order to focus on such a tactile sensation, people might instinctively close their eyes.
The same idea applies to other situations involving touching, like reading braille, dancing or making love. Dr Sandra Murphy and Dr Polly Dalton asked volunteers to perform a letter search task of either low or high difficulty, as well as responding to the presence or absence of a brief vibration delivered simultaneously to either the left or the right hand. They found that sensitivity to the tactile stimulus was reduced when they carried out the more taxing visual search task. Dr Sandra Murphy said: It was already known that increasing the demands of a visual task could reduce noticing of visual and auditory stimuli.
Our research extends this finding to the sense of touch. This is particularly important given the growing use of tactile information in warning systems. For example, some cars now provide tactile alerts when they begin drifting across lanes our research suggests that drivers will be less likely to notice these alerts when engaging in demanding visual tasks such as searching for directions at a busy junction. The research is published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.