Lets Talk ‘Public Display of Affection’ [PDA]

Public display of affection is common, and even inevitable.

It is quite difficult for two frisky lovers to keep their hands off each other.

But what about the people around them?

Have you ever had an awesome or an annoying experience with public display of affection? I’ve had my share of PDA and I’ve seen a lot of public display too.

What is public display of affection?

Public display of affection or PDA as they are called, is the act of two people indulging in an intimate act in public.

It could be a couple kissing or two girls holding hands, pretty much anything that displays affection between two people.

But when one uses the term “public display of affection”, it’s usually considered to be an act that is rather physical in nature.

No one really knows what people thought of PDA in the old days. But today, public display of affection is something that most couples indulge in, at least in the beginning of their days of physical exploration and discovery.

Why do couples indulge in public display of affection?

Why do couples indulge in a bout of wild making out in front of others when they just left their homes.

Each of them have their own reason to give their hands and tongues some exercise in public, but when we look through the most common reasons, you’ll find that most young lovers indulge in public display of affection because they find it exciting and it turns them on a lot more than the regular kiss in solitary confinement.


While many people wouldn’t feel comfortable making out in the middle of the street, most people appreciate some sort of light physical contact from their love interest. “Ultimately what it comes down to is that, as humans, we do have a need of physical interaction,” Edwards says.

This need is so intrinsic to human nature, it crosses the “boundaries” of established gender roles. “I think that usually women seem like they need it more, but both sexes need it,” Moheban-Wachtel says. The reason, she explains, women give off this impression may be because they are more vocal about this need. “But everyone needs it on some level. Sometimes the person who is more affectionate or insecure needs it more, and that goes across the board for men and women.”

While Edwards acknowledges that “generally, guys need [PDA] more at the beginning of the relationship and women need it more through the duration of the relationship,” relationship roles trump gender roles. Courtship involves someone who acts as the pursuer and another as the pursued. So how a person initiates or reacts to PDA depends more on those “particular roles” than any outside roles they may have in a traditional gendered society. “If you’re the pursuer … you’re probably gonna look for those indications upfront,” he concludes, “Whereas, if you were the pursued, you wouldn’t necessarily need [PDA] at the beginning, but you’ll definitely need it more later on.”