There’s something about brushing my fingers across her hand, her hair, her ears as I kiss her lips. Looking at her eyes like she is a birthday present I’m about to unwrap drives me crazy. My oxytocin rises, as do my dopamine and serotonin levels.
Leave it to internet readers of Sheril Kirshenbaum’s Discover magazine blog to be the collective inspiration for a book about the science of kissing.
Sheril speaks about the book in an Amazon.com author interview:
Looks like her first article on kissing was in February 2008, extracting a part:
Given up to ten percent of humanity doesn’t even touch lips, should we accept it’s actually a cultural phenomenon? I’m not convinced. You see, kissing undoubtedly allows us to find out all sorts of information about our partner. We’re exchanging pheromones. In fact, when we’re engaged, our bodies release a cocktail of chemicals related to social bonding, stress level, motivation, and sexual stimulation. We become, in effect, ‘under the influence.’ It’s powerful.
By the summer of 2009, she ran kissing experiments on Twitter that proved so popular that a book expanding everyone’s beliefs was a natural progression. Like any passionate blogger, Sheril updated her readers with progress updates and sneak peeks at book contents.
Sheril is clearly accomplishing many of the bullet points on this list of how authors should use social media. I only wish these social experiments or blog links were evident in the LA Times’ interview with Sheril, which introduced me to her.
Geoffrey Chaucer was on to something when he popularized the celebration of Valentine’s Day. To the lovebirds reading this, I’m sure you will agree with me why kissing is so romantic and so hot.
I await reading Sheril’s book in the coming weeks.