Tagged With marriage

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Researchers at Germany's Institute for the Study of Labour have published a paper arguing that the rise in free porn on the internet offers a form of instant sexual gratification that lessens the urgency men feel to seek it out in the form of marriage. Using data about how 18 to 35-year-old men used the internet from 2000 to 2004, the researchers looked at the correlation between pornography viewing and marriage.

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There is a growing trend, for which the internet is probably to blame, of people eschewing traditional, down-on-one-knee proposals for flash mobs and drones and giant Transformers robots. It was all bound to end in tears — specifically, with a crane smashing through an apartment building. In the name of love.

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In modern Western society, marrying your cousin is not well accepted. Through a combination of old prejudices and present-day conventional wisdom about inherited birth defects, first-cousin marriage is seen by many as a little too close for comfort, as well as a bad idea if you want children.

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The best wedding proposals involve things that you both care about. Memes, drones and so forth. This proposal is especially cute, because photographer Jerrit Pruyn combined his love for cameras with his love for his girlfriend. He etched 'Marry Me' inside his camera, so that when his girlfriend looked inside she'd be asked the question.

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When I think of romantic, when I think of heartwarming, when I think of being sweet... I don't think of drones. But if I think of awesome and if I think of kickass and if I think of freaking cool... I do think of drones. So guy who used a flying drone to drop off the ring while you proposed, you're awesome.

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You've been dreaming of this day your entire life. You and your one true love will be joining your eternal souls in the resplendent, holy matrimony of... a Google+ hangout. Scenes like this used to be pretty rare (and usually involved deployed military members), but as the New York Times points out, proxy weddings via internet have become increasingly common — and increasingly controversial with the questions of immigrant marriage fraud and legitimate consent at the forefront.

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Eddie Zarick is a clever man. First, he has a girlfriend who is a comic book nerd and loves Iron Man. "She always calls me Tony Stark for all of the projects I have going," he says. Second, he can make stuff like this cool motorised Iron Man arc reactor, which opens to reveal a proposal ring.