Public Display of Affection Etiquette


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Public Display of Affection Etiquette

Public display of affection can be tricky business. If you know how to do it well, it can seem cute and affectionate, but if you cross that thin red line, you can border into repulsive and disgusting. Learn the public display of affection laws and rules to make sure you’re on the pretty side of love etiquette.

Click here to read the introduction on public display of affection and everything dirty and sweet about it!

Public display of affection laws

Public display of affection is a common sight anywhere in the world.

But how many people really know public display of affection etiquette where it matters?

Two girls holding hands, friends hugging each other when they meet, or an innocent peck on the lips when two lovers meet after a while are all forms of public display of affection.

But we’re not really talking about happy shows of cute affection here, are we?

We’re only really bothered about affection shared between two lovers or lusty friends who just can’t take their hands off each other.

So do you want to know how far you can go into the boundaries of public display of affection without really breaking any rules of etiquette? Here’s a list of public display of affection etiquette that can help a lot of lovers and sex buddies!

Public Display of Affection Etiquette

Here are ten public display of affection rules for everyone who indulges in public display of affection. Follow these public display of affection etiquette tips and you’ll be a happy couple who love each other.

Break these and you’ll have your indecent makeout video on Youtube with the video titled “the horniest goats in the world!”


This is a basic step you have to understand. Always remember to make it look cute. Soft kisses are sweet. Lingering hands and gentle touches are romantic and loving.

Chewing each other’s faces off in public is disgusting. And grabbing body parts like you’re trying to make pizza dough is gross.


No, not for you. For the people around you! You may enjoy a bout of wetting each other in public, but does the public want to see your public display of affection? Most displaying couples don’t care a hoot about what people around think, and that’s just so wrong.

You don’t let someone indulge in disgusting activities in your bedroom, so why should people be tolerant of you in public? To be on the nice side, if you see others squirming around you, perhaps it’s time to find a room.


If you’re indulging in a bit of heavy petting in public, always remember that kissing tops the list. You can hover your hands around each other, but be nice. Don’t try to reach out for your partner’s tonsils though, and it will be acceptable. [Read: First kiss stories]


Now, just because public display of affection etiquette allows you to kiss doesn’t mean you’re allowed to bite and lick. Nibbling each other’s ears and rolling your eyes back in ecstasy like your suffering from epilepsy is a complete no-no.


We’ve watched many movies to see that a little bit of midriff or a splash of cleavage when the guy and the girl kiss in the final scene makes it look sexy. But that’s why they call it the movies. It really doesn’t look pretty in real life. It looks like you’re making a porno movie! [Read: Women wearing revealing clothes]


Many women love doing this, and I just don’t get it. They make out with some guy at a party hoping to get another guy’s attention. Girls, sleeping with one guy only to want to sleep with another guy the next night doesn’t make you desirable. It makes you a slut (dramatic hooooh!).

PDA Etiquette #7 WATCH THE AGE

This is a big one and you may get arrested if you don’t follow this. Always take a good look around and see if you’re in the midst of people who accept public display of affection, no kids or old folk. Kids will find it repulsive and old folk will start to act in a weird manner, I can’t really describe it! But in either case, learn to respect people around you and their feelings, and your public display of affection etiquette will be respected.


Now this is a big one in those parties and concerts. Don’t ever make out with someone and casually slip your hand around someone else’s strategic regions. That’s dirty. Hot, yes, But dirty. And that’s like cheating in front of your partner. God!

Ask me, I’ve been there. I was in a crowded concert and a couple next to me were literally molesting each other with affection. Next thing I know, I see the girl’s hands slipping into my pants. I look at her and the little minx winks at me. You know what happened next. I was young and naive, I had fun. But now that I think of it, it just doesn’t seem right. I feel so slutty and violated. [Read: How to flirt by touching]


Leaving my encounter with PDA aside, you do need to follow this one with your partner. Don’t start to slip your hands into each other’s sweaty places in public. I know the urge to get hot and start petting little Chihuahuas and pussies are irresistible, but for the sake of public display of affection etiquette, go find a damn room!


Public display of affection is exciting, but it can also project your image in wrong light. You may get a bad reputation or worse, be stereotyped as one of those easy lays. You don’t want that, do you?

To be on the safer side, remember this. If you’re around schools, a hug is as good as it should get. Around college, a kiss on the cheek is considered normal. And in parties, heck, depending upon the type of party, you can go all out from a simple kiss on the lips to groping each other like high-speed security, all the way to coiling and uncoiling and exchanging body fluids of all sorts!

Follow these simple rules of public display of affection etiquette, and you’ll be loved, not just by your partner, but by everyone around you!

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  • Bryan

    Don’t slip your hand into someone else’s pants in a crowd?!!

    Wow! I wonder if any lucky guy has ever been touched by a girl out of the blue in a crowded place. Does that even happen?

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  • Malin

    @bryan: Why yes. my ex was groped on a concert once by an unknown girl right out of the blue. No talking. Just groping.. So I guess he was one of those lucky guys.

  • LaDeeDah

    @Bryan. Don’t be so sure the guy is “lucky.” The gal might be a pickpocket, or an accompice to a thief. Stuff like that happens all the time.

  • Hazel

    “Wow! I wonder if any lucky guy has ever been touched by a girl out of the blue in a crowded place. Does that even happen?”

    Yes, and it’s sexual assault, disgusting and wrong. You only think he’d be lucky because you imagine a hot girl doing it. It could just as easily be a person who the victim does not find attractive, or it could be a person who is a gender other than what the victim is attracted to, so for a heterosexual guy it could be a bloke. And even if it was a hot girl – it’s still wrong and is still sexual assault.

  • mc gentile

    At my school i go to a cathlolic school, i have a boyfriend and we’ve been together for two months he cares bout me a lot and i do think pda is wrong but i dont get it at all bc me and my boy friend always hold hands and give eachother hugges and when we r alone we kiss so i dont think its a big deal and at my school teachers flip out like wtf…

  • Yani

    If i may add one thing, it’s the culture. In the eastern culture, even holding your hands in public can make people give nasty looks on you..