Tagged With relationships

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Maybe you heard about that study that showed men don't want to date smart women. It certainly plays into our stereotypes of how men behave, and it got a lot of press as a result. But if you actually dig into the paper, you'll find there are some serious problems with those results.

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Breaking up is hard enough on its own, but when both you and your ex hang out on social media you can watch exactly how your (former) best beloved is moving on. A study in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behaviour, and Social Networking suggests that it's probably healthier to click on something like a cat video instead.

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Psychologists John and Julie Gottman spent years observing couples' behaviour and developed a method that claims to predict a romantic relationship's chances of long-term success. They have (of course) used what they learned to create a $US750-per-couple workshop that aims to help people become better partners.

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We know that sexting can ruin political careers or lead to arrests. But as long as both participants are adults, it's legal, and a study presented last weekend at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association suggests that it may also be part of lots of committed relationships.

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Dan Woodliff's Still is a powerful short film that shows the emotional roller coaster ride that can happen when you look back at your memories with someone you love. It's a mix of tense feelings, a whole lot of regret, a dash of hopefulness and a bit of happiness. Anyone who's been on the phone with an ex after a relationship can relate.

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Video: In a charming TEDx talk at Binghamton University last year, complexity expert Hannah Fry applies her maths skills to romantic relationships. Watch as she explains how pattern theory may help you get dates, how to use optimal stopping theory to pick a spouse, and how an understanding of negativity thresholds can help your marriage succeed.

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I was a few weeks shy of my fifteenth birthday, at a Christmas party thrown by one of the other members of the high school concert choir. The pizza and cake had been consumed, and everyone had tromped down to the rec room to watch the annual broadcast of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

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Video: Being in a relationship is hard. It doesn't matter if it's brand new or long term or just casual or really serious, trying to balance and figure out what two very different people want is so impossible that it's remarkable that it ever works out. This short by Sam Boyd starring Dakota Johnson shows how two couples are in a relationship.

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That sensation you feel when you meet someone you like — that visceral pull towards another human being — there's biology behind that. And if there's biology behind that, it can be measured, and controlled for, and used to help determine if two people will be attracted to each other before they ever even meet in person. That's the theory behind a new wave of online dating trying to radically improve the matchmaking process by analysing your DNA.

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Once derided as being like plastic bag with the erotic appeal of a jellyfish, the female condom's being reinvented as the next big thing in safe sex. Emily Anthes investigates.

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The January 1987 issue of the legendary (and sadly, now defunct) Omni magazine included predictions from 14 "great minds" about what the world might look like in 20 years. By the year 2007, musician David Byrne believed that computers would do little for future musicians outside of their bookkeeping.