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1 in 3 Americans Have Never Kissed on a First Date

C. Price

Written by: C. Price

C. Price

C. Price is part of DatingAdvice.com's content team. She writes advice articles, how-to guides, and studies — all relating to dating, relationships, love, sex, and more.

Edited by: Lillian Castro

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A kiss on the first date is usually a powerful bellwether of things to come, but just how many of us have never experienced this?

In a new DatingAdvice.com study, one-third of Americans said they have never kissed on a first date.

It appears more women leave the first kiss for another time, as 35 percent of them have not locked lips on the first romantic outing compared to only 25 percent of men.

Asian-Americans and low-income earners were also among the most likely groups to leave a first date without a kiss.

Seventy-one percent of Asian respondents admitted as much – almost three times the rate of Caucasians.

Those earning less than $25,000 a year were 60 percent more likely to not score a first date kiss than those earning between $75,000 and $99,999 annually.

“One-third of Americans have

never kissed on a first date.”

Perhaps with age comes experience because younger Americans were less likely to kiss on the first date than older Americans.

Four in 10 men and women aged 18 to 24 have never kissed on a first date, but just one in four men and women aged 45 to 64 have never done so.

At 17 and 22 percent, gay respondents and divorcees were the least likely groups to part a date without a kiss, respectively.

The study surveyed 1,080 respondents over the course of three weeks, balancing responses by age, gender, income, race, sexuality and other factors in order to accurately represent the U.S. population. The study has a margin of error of +/- 2.8%.

The Breakdown: Americans Who’ve Never Kissed on a First Date

By gender:

  • Male: 25%
  • Female: 35%

By sexuality:

  • Straight: 30%
  • Gay: 17%

By marital status:

  • Single, Never Married: 36%
  • Married: 27%
  • Divorced: 22%

By age:

  • 18 to 24: 42%
  • 25 to 34: 37%
  • 35 to 44: 32%
  • 45 to 54: 24%
  • 54 to 64: 24%
  • 65 and older: 26%

By race:

  • White: 25%
  • African-American: 40%
  • Hispanic: 37%
  • Asian: 71%

By income:

  • Under $25,000: 40%
  • $25,000 to $49,999: 29%
  • $50,000 to $74,999: 26%
  • $75,000 to $99,999: 25%
  • $100,000 to $124,999: 27%
  • $125,000 or higher: 26%

By region:

  • Northeast: 24%
  • Midwest: 34%
  • South: 33%
  • West: 30%

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