What is a Hickey?
Let’s put on our lab coats for a hot second because we’re about to get a wee bit scientific. Don’t worry, we promise it’s more fun than your high school biology class!
So, a hickey, also known as a love bite, is essentially a bruise. When you suck or nibble on the skin, the tiny blood vessels under the surface break.
The blood pools, creating that iconic red or purple mark. Trust us, it’s more poetic in the heat of the moment than it sounds on paper.
Now, let’s sprinkle in some psychology magic. Ever heard of mate retention tactics? It sounds like something out of a National Geographic documentary on mating dances, but it’s a real thing.
Researchers suggest that love bites can unconsciously signal a sort of “dibs” to potential romantic rivals. It’s like your partner is saying, “Hey world, this awesome person is with me!” without having to shout it from the rooftops.