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Gay Americans More Likely to Kiss on the 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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This is an exclusive study conducted by DatingAdvice.com, which surveyed respondents over the course of three weeks to reflect an accurate representation of the U.S. population.


A kiss on the first date has long been a marker of success or failure, not to mention the likelihood of receiving a second date.

But what type of Americans are more likely to kiss on a first date?

DatingAdvice.com’s new study found gay men and lesbian women are 19 percent more likely to kiss on the first date than straight men and women.

Divorcees also had some of the highest responses – 78 percent compared to 64 percent of their single counterparts.

At 76 percent, those living in the Northeast followed closely, while only 66 percent of those living in the Midwest have kissed on the first date.

It appears with age comes comfort, as three in four respondents aged 54 to 64 answered in the affirmative, but just half of respondents aged 18 to 24 did so.

“Homosexuals are 19 percent more

likely to kiss on the first date.”

Asian-Americans and low-wage earners were some of the least likely groups to kiss on the first romantic outing.

Seventy-five percent of Caucasians have experienced a first-date kiss, which is more than double the rate of Asian-Americans.

Those earning less than $25,000 annually were one-fourth less likely to kiss on the first date than those making between $75,000 and $99,999 a year.

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 Kissed on the First Date

By gender:

  • Male: 75%
  • Female: 65%

By sexuality:

  • Straight: 70%
  • Gay: 83%

By marital status:

  • Single, Never Married: 64%
  • Married: 73%
  • Divorced: 78%

By age:

  • 18 to 24: 58%
  • 25 to 34: 63%
  • 35 to 44: 68%
  • 45 to 54: 76%
  • 54 to 64: 76%
  • 65 and older: 74%

By race:

  • White: 75%
  • African-American: 60%
  • Hispanic: 63%
  • Asian: 29%

By income:

  • Under $25,000: 60%
  • $25,000 to $49,999: 71%
  • $50,000 to $74,999: 74%
  • $75,000 to $99,999: 75%
  • $100,000 to $124,999: 73%
  • $125,000 or higher: 74%

By region:

  • Northeast: 76%
  • Midwest: 66%
  • South: 67%
  • West: 70%

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