So he’s finally decided to make a little physical contact with you. Hold up, you don’t want to let your inner alarms go off just yet. You have to remember that not all physical contact between you and him is created equal. Each different type of contact has it’s own meaning. Yes, even cheek kissing has its own meaning.
A kiss on the cheek can be done by anyone without any romantic connotation behind it at all. Mothers, fathers, cousins, friends and lovers will all kiss you on the cheek in your lifetime. But they don’t usually do it because they find you sexually attractive or because they want to date you. Cheek kissing is probably the most innocent form of kissing there is out there. It goes right next to the forehead kiss, but even the forehead kiss has a more intimate vibe to it than a kiss on the cheek does.
However, a kiss on the cheek is normally not intimate at all. Cheek kissing is more of a social gesture than anything. It can be a sign of someone’s friendship and appreciation towards you. So if you and this guy have been friends for some time and he gives you a sudden kiss on the cheek, he is probably indicating that he cares about you as a friend and wants to show you in some way. You should also try to remember the context that this cheek kiss was given to you in. Was something awesome happening to either of you? Did anything exciting go down in that time? A cheek kiss could be a simple sign of affection or a cute way to say, ‘Hey, congratulations, I’m really happy for you!’
But what about if the two of you are not close friends? What does a cheek on the kiss mean in that case? Cheek kissing is done quite often from one stranger to another. Especially in southern, central and eastern parts of Europe. It is also commonly done in the Mediterranean, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Although it is not as common in the United States or Canada, it is still sometimes done as a greeting, congratulations or as a goodbye. Oftentimes these formalities will be accompanied with another kiss on the opposite cheek. Therefore two cheek kisses will usually be given if they are being given in this type of hello/goodbye context.
Have the two of you known each other a long time? Have you been intimate with each other previously? Intimate does not have to mean that the two of you have had sexual relations with each other. By intimate you could have just cuddled previously, you could have held hands with one another or you could have even confessed intimate feelings for each other. If you have done any of these things together or anything along those lines, there is a good chance that there is more to his cheek kiss than meets the eye. If you have been previously intimate, the cheek kiss may just be a sign of affection. He is letting you know that you are on his mind and he wants to initiate physical contact with you without going too far.
There are also those times when a man who has feelings for you will give you a cheek kiss every now and then, especially if he hasn’t openly admitted that he likes you yet. He might only be giving you these types of kisses because he is too nervous to go any farther. A kiss on the cheek is more respectful and platonic. He will stick with this because he is not ready to kiss you on the lips just yet or he may be nervous that you don’t feel ready for casual kissing on the lips.
This may make it difficult to identify what the kiss actually means. So, how can you tell if he likes you or not? That is up to you! Our advice: Be super observant! Are all of the signs there? Have you guys been hanging out alone a lot lately? Does he even consider hanging out with the group anymore while he is with you? These are indicators that he wants to spend time alone with you and become closer to you. Does he bring you gifts? Does he help you out when you need something, without questioning the request? Does he take time out of his day to talk to you one on one at least once or twice? These are strong, and we mean very strong, indicators that he wants to be more than just your friend. If he is doing these things AND has given you a few cheek kisses, it is clear that he wants to open up the doorway to intimacy. He may just be too shy to plant one on those lips of yours.