Study: Divorcees 22% More Likely to Kiss on a First Date

Hayley Matthews

Written by: Hayley Matthews

Hayley Matthews

Hayley has over 10 years of experience overseeing content strategy, social media engagement, and article opportunities. She has also written hundreds of informational and entertaining blog posts. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Bustle, Cosmo, the Huffington Post, AskMen, and Entrepreneur. When she's not writing about dating news, relationship advice, or her fantasy love affair with Leonardo DiCaprio, she enjoys listening to The Beatles, watching Harry Potter reruns, and drinking IPAs.

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Lillian Castro

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This is an exclusive study conducted by, which surveyed respondents over the course of three weeks to reflect an accurate representation of the U.S. population.

A person “who’ll kiss on the very first date is usually a hussy.” Well, that’s according to “The Music Man.”

Nowadays, it seems much more common for folks to watch a movie, grab dinner and play a little tonsil hockey on their first time out.

But has that stigma totally gone away? We used our latest study to find out.

In a survey of more than 1,000 Americans, we asked people if they have ever kissed on a first date. Overall the results indicated our “hussy” standards are very different than they were in 1957, but there was one demographic that really caught our attention.

As it turns out, 78 percent of divorcees have kissed on a first date, making them 22 percent more likely to do so than single people.

But what about being divorced causes people to lock lips faster? Is it merely an age difference?

“Seventy-eight percent of divorcees

have kissed on a first date.”

We asked our women’s dating expert, Rachel Dack, for her thoughts.

She suggested people in the post-divorce period typically feel heightened sexual freedom and exploration, engaging in short-term relationships and casual sex.

This is in an effort to “redefine themselves, heal emotional wounds and get back into dating,” Dack said.

For them, kissing on the first date is often the first step to sexual intimacy with a new person.

So forget what Harold Hill taught you – you can still be someone’s Shipoopi, even if you’ve smooched on the first date.

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%.

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