PDA is Gross!


Zelda Fishman, Managing Editor

PDA (Public Displays of Affection) is cute until it’s not. Now, I want to preface everything I say with the fact that I, 1. Have never been a very touchy person, in fact I don’t even like it when my parents hug me and 2. I have never been in a serious relationship. I feel like those are both very important factors in how I’ve formed my opinions on PDA. 

I can understand how people like to be physically connected to a person that they feel emotionally connected to. Our brains are wired in such a way that we want to be close to people we like. Where it goes off the rails is displaying affection that really should be kept private because of how intimate they are supposed to be. I think because of how casual our society has become we forget the emotion in these actions and they don’t become as meaningful. 

My problem with PDA isn’t only that it’s becoming less meaningful but also that people aren’t aware of the intimacy they’re displaying in certain situations which is why we see couples making out at school. This right here is my BIGGEST problem. School is supposed to be a place to learn and grow, hang out with friends (at respectable distances) and simply just to enjoy yourself. I do not want to see someone with their tongue down someone else’s throat at school. Simple as that. Hugging or holding hands is acceptable in casual settings because those are more casual acts of PDA and more socially acceptable. 

There has been only 1 time where I have not minded watching someone’s PDA. I was in Seattle and my friends and I were watching the sunset over the water. We saw a couple holding each other and dancing and even though there wasn’t any music, it was such a pure moment. It was simple and romantic where they were simply embracing each other as people and I think I respect that more which is why I wasn’t grossed out. 

In conclusion, I think that a lot of people are ignorant to the argument of whether or not PDA is socially acceptable. I hope that this article opens the reader’s eyes and makes them reconsider their decision in public…