Students publicly displaying affection may be rude, but those looking on are better off turning the other cheek and ignoring the public necking rather than complaining.
When people become involved relationships, they go temporarily insane. They start to think all the cutesy bullcrap they mocked when they were single is suddenly appropriate and even “sweet.” Little pecks become adorable instead of sickening. Ridiculous pet names such as “boo” are suddenly acceptable for use in public. Yes, this behavior can be downright nauseating, especially when you know one or more of the people engaging in the PDA personally.
However, there is something more annoying than PDA-happy couples—people who complain about said PDA-happy couples. I understand you may be afraid of contracting diabetes from all the high-fructose corn syrup your friends are producing, but your annoyance comes off as bitterness.
Excluding the forever-alone students among us, we have all experienced puppy love at some point in our lives. Do not lie to me. I know you have been just as gross as the new couple currently annoying you with their antics at least once in your life. Have some empathy for cutesy couples who annoy you so much. It is not the duty of us bitter singletons to bring down love-struck new couples with our cynical criticisms. They will find out for themselves soon enough. There is no need to prematurely crush their hopes and dreams.
Some PDA is worse than others, though. When PDA escalates from public displays of affection to public displays of infection, it can be hard not to interfere. Unless you fear some kind of monkey business, however, you should let the lusty couple go on with their bad selves.
I am not saying you should let two horny friends get nasty on your couch, but if two people want to start hump day right with a little snogging on The Quad, who are you to stop them? Providing the pants stay on, and you are not watching a live action exchange of “Bobcat bumps,” the couple is not hurting anyone with their enthusiastic affection.
Besides, if you happen to be friends with someone who engages in particularly sticky PDA, stopping them would be denying yourself the pleasure of teasing them when they finally come to their senses. Those of you with friends in new relationships should start taking notes now. The antics of lovesick, cuddly couples could be useful blackmail sometime in the near future.
All in all, a little PDA is not so bad every now and then. Disenchanted singles should keep their mouths shut—it may not be long before they, too, are engaging in ridiculous public displays in the name of love.