A study that was tailored together by Psychologists Sandra Murphy and Polly Dalton compiled evidence that involves human psychology of sensory perception that explains why people keep their eyes closed in order to avoid eye contact while they are kissing one another.
Their research that was published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance describe in detail as to why it’s nearly impossible for us to kiss with our eyes open.
The real reason is because if we were to keep our eyes open during the time we were kissing someone we have feelings for, it would distract us from being able to experience all of those butterflies and rainbows we feel deep within our stomach.
What it boils down to is that you do not have the same kind of personal experience or depth than you would with your eyes closed.
You don’t feel as sense of pleasure of stimulation that satisfies you the same way when you have your eyes closed and only use your body language to guide each other during the kiss.
It’s like if you were multitasking thinking about how amazing this person looks and feels, compared to feeling how amazing they feel as well as the way they are making you feel deep inside.
Visually being distracted while kissing would completely alter our way of kissing entirely.
Both Murphy and Dalton made the discovery that with the multiple sensations that are being placed on the forefront, would only drown out any of the other sense that aren’t being targeted by this stimulation.
The people who participated in these studies were told to perform letter-searching tasks all the while having a tiny vibration that was applied to their hands.
Their results were able to show that people felt less of the vibration in their hands because their eyes were open, giving them various visual distractions from actually feeling any of the vibration at all. Dalton states:
“These results could explain why we close our eyes when we want to focus attention on another sense. Shutting out the visual input leaves more mental resources to focus on aspects of our experience.”
Sandra Murphy adds:
“It was already known that increasing the demands of a visual task could reduce noticing of visual and auditory stimuli.”
Essentially, you could compare the exact same kinds of results that you would get that would be something other than kissing.
Although, it’s understandable that our other senses would heighten if we weren’t visually distracted all of the time. You would feel things on a completely different level than you do now.
Then again, these studies weren’t exactly tested on actual couples, so who knows you might actually get similar results kissing with your eyes open just the same way you would having them closed.
Regardless, it’s good to figure these kinds of things out with a little bit more exploration.