PDA: How much PDA is too much?


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Disrespecting others

There’s a time and place to do this and it shouldn’t make those around you feel uncomfortable. Refrain from doing this in professional spaces, and if the kids are watching keep it G rated, you don’t want them seeing all your “nasty activities”.

When you’re not in sync

You’ve agreed that PDA is needed in the relationship, but when one starts feeling uncomfortable, know that you’re no longer in sync, drop it down a notch and establish new ground rules. Body language will tell you that your partner is uncomfortable, their body will be tense and their feet will be ready to go away, says Joe Nvarro author of What everybody is saying.

Unusual pet names

So you call each other teddy bear or monkey at home, the rest of the world does not need to know that side of your relationship. Keep it at a minimum by using names such as babe or honey.

Too sexy

You’re head over heels in love and its okay that you can’t keep your hands from one another. Don’t be going all Fifty Shades of Grey in public, people will stare and its very uncomfortable to watch. Dr Carole Altman, author of 101 ways to make love happen states that sexy gestures should be clearly communicated in order for your partner not to perceive you as a jerk.


Opening doors and refilling drinks is all good and well however it can get a tad awkward when a couple starts feeding each other at a restaurant or using “baby talk” to communicate. Ordering one milkshake with two straws is adorable but a sharing a plate of spaghetti is completely gross.

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