Erin Bury and Kevin Oulds have a lot of things in common, but one thing they can't agree on is public displays of affection (PDA).
The real life couple and Dentyne Kissing Ambassadors have been taking the results of The Great Kissing Debate: Public or Private? across the country and not only sharing their opposing views but getting feedback from other Canadians as well.
According to the survey, 77% of Canadians agree it's OK to kiss in public. Opinions vary by region, however, with Ontario the most agreeable at 83% and Atlantic Canada the least comfortable with PDA at 63%.
"I think it's OK because there's a lot of break ups and divorce in the world, so to me it's nice to see a couple steal a kiss here and there and show that love is all around," says Bury, community manager with Sprouter and Social Media expert.
"As long as it's modest and not every 5 seconds I think it's nice to see."
But her boyfriend of several years, disagrees, saying kissing should be kept behind closed doors.
"Unfortunately for me I have seen too many public displays of affection that has crossed the line and that's really soured me a bit," said Oulds, who works in construction.
The survey found Quebecers see the kiss as part of their daily hello with 68% greeting friends and acquaintances with a kiss, Albertans do this the least at 24%.
The ambassadors are helping to spark the debate online at Facebook.com/DentyneCanada as well. After taking your stance, you can select your Valentine or another friend from your list and Dentyne will give you a score on your Facebook Display of Affection, tallying up your online interaction ó another point Oulds and Bury differ upon.
"I think if you want to post a picture of you and your partner kissing, go for it because you can easily choose to not look at that picture," Oulds said.
However, with her experience with Social Media, Bury gives FDA a thumbs down.
"Once you post a picture it lasts forever, in five years I don't want to be at a job interview and have the employer pull up a photo of us kissing and hold that against me," she said.
If there's one thing the pair do agree on, along with 97% of Canadians, is that fresh breath is a must for a smooch.
The couple says their differing opinions on PDA hasn't caused problems in their relationship at all, and they've found common ground.
"He does occasionally let me steal a kiss," Bury said.
"On Valentine's Day or if we're on a romantic date it's easier to just kiss me than deal with me."
"Sometimes she plants one on me and before I know it it's too late," Oulds added.
To kiss or not to kiss? More results from Dentyne's Great Kissing Debate
- 77% of Canadians say it's OK to kiss in public
- 34% of Canadians are giving 1 to 3 kisses a day
- 43% of Canadians greet friends or acquaintances with a kiss
- 97% of Canadians say fresh breath is a must if you're going in for a smooch
- 51% of women have turned away from a kiss because of bad breath
- 35% of men have refused a kiss because of bad breath