Greeting card marketplace, thortful, recently conducted a survey among 1,500 Brits to gain insights into their attitudes and behaviours towards public displays of affection (PDA). The findings of the survey reveal that nearly 39% of the respondents feel embarrassed if their partner engages in PDA around other people. Additionally, 31% of Brits reported that they do not hold their partner’s hand in public, while 59% do not kiss their partner in the presence of others.
When it comes to gender differences, the survey found that women are more likely to dislike PDA in public, with 33% saying they prefer affection to be a private matter. Similarly, 30% of men also expressed the same sentiment. On the other hand, the survey found that more men get embarrassed by PDAs than women, with 63% of men feeling embarrassed compared to 61% of women. Meanwhile, 63% of women prefer not to kiss their partner in public, whereas 56% of men feel the same.
So, why do many people dislike PDAs in public? According to relationship psychologist and strategist, Mairead Molloy, public displays of affection can be discomforting for some people because it forces them to become an unwilling audience. This can be especially unsettling for those who are alone and confronted with the reality of their solitude. Molloy suggests that it is best to keep PDA light and affectionate, such as holding hands, a peck on the lips, or walking arm in arm, which can feel reassuring.
A spokesperson from Thortful commented on the survey, saying that Brits should not feel embarrassed about their love language and should wear their hearts on their sleeves. They added that the study highlights that everyone is different, and there is no right way to show love.
Public displays of affection can be a sensitive topic for many people, and it is important to understand the reasons behind their discomfort. Whether it is due to social norms, personal preferences, or the fear of being an unwilling audience, it is crucial to respect each other’s boundaries and find a love language that works for both partners. Ultimately, love is about mutual respect and understanding, and we should embrace it in whichever way makes us and our partners happy.