Jurassic World star and expert French braider Chris Pratt has a knack for saying what we're all thinking when it comes to sex and relationships. In this month's issue of Women's Health, he did that yet again by calling out people who engage in the most controversial of couple habits: public displays of affection.
When asked if he and wife Anna Faris were fans of public displays of affection, the 36-year-old actor responded by saying he was, with one caveat: "Yes. But it's a fine line. Keep it classy. Don't be gross. I don't mind PDA; I do mind GPDA, which is Gross Public Displays of Affection."
How affectionate is too affectionate? To a degree, Pratt and Faris are just as guilty of being gushy in public as any other couple. The two are frequently photographed making out and groping each other on the red carpet. (Not that we're complaining, mind you.) But he's right that when it comes to public displays of affection, there's a fine line between a peck on the cheek and going to third base in front of other families during an afternoon stroll through the park.
Some people draw explicit lines in the sand, deeming certain types of PDA acceptable while others are strictly verboten. "Kissing is fine," one guy told Glamour in a 2011 article about PDA. "Yeah, with tongue. Handholding is great. I don't want my lap climbed on in public, or any hands in the crotch area."
Others are just plain skeeved out by witnessing any physical contact whatsoever. In a United Kingdom poll by MSN, nearly 28% of people described themselves as uncomfortable with other couples' public displays of affection, from kissing to seemingly innocuous behavior like holding hands in public.
Our squeamishness with PDA applies on social media as well. In a 2014 study in the journal Personal Relationships, researchers showed Facebook users a series of fake profiles of people in relationships, which regularly posted gushy status updates like "Pining away for Jordan...I just love you so much I can't stand it!" Overwhelmingly (and unsurprisingly), those polled reported that they found Facebook users who posted the cloying status updates less likable than those who didn't.
So happy together: Even though we might not like couples who flaunt their happiness, IRL or on Facebook, they probably won't stop anytime soon. One study from Ohio State University suggests that couples who are outwardly affectionate tend to be happier than those who eschew physical intimacy in public. That bodes well for lovey-dovey couples like Faris and Pratt, even if it doesn't necessarily signal good things for the digestive systems of those nauseated by other people's PDA.