relationships

Facebook Pokes: Creepy Or Funny?

Facebook pokes, LinkedIn romance, and how to deal with someone who doesn’t understand email — that’s what we’re dealing with this week at User Manual, Gizmodo’s weekly internet advice column. We’re here to help!


The Science Of Female Condoms: The Future Of Sex?

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.


The Most Common Relationship Advice, Visualised

How about a little relationship advice for Valentine’s Day? This visualisation shows the most frequently provided words of relationship wisdom so you can console your friends — or yourself — today.


This Is What A Breakup Looks Like As Cold, Hard Data

Breakin’ up is, as Neil Sedaka once sagely pointed out, hard to do. But for one recently divorced woman, studying the data behind the breakup was a balm to help her through a tough emotional time.


Your Facebook Network Can Predict Whether You'll Get Dumped Within The Next 60 Days

This is either useful or terrifying, depending on how the data affect you: Researchers at Facebook and Cornell University have figured out a formula that predicts whether a couple is likely to break up within the next 60 days.


How To Meet An Online Friend In Real Life Without It Being Awkward

You’re not looking to bang every person you meet online. Sometimes, you’re just looking for friends. But somehow, meeting someone you know online platonically has become a far more awkward endeavour than a random OKCupid date. You know her, but you dont know her.


Author Barbara Ehrenreich Revisits Her 1987 Look At The Future Of Sex

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.


7 Internet Faux Pas And How To Recover From Them

Everyone has felt that feeling. You posted something on Facebook that pissed off a friend. You Instagrammed a mortifying picture of your sister. They’re pissed. How do you smooth things over?


Marriage Proposal Using A Camera's Viewfinder Is Pretty Damn Cute

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.


What Do You Do In The Awkward Time Before You Meet An Online Date?

Online dating is great! You can meet people you otherwise would never encounter that share your interests and just might end up being the one. But the anonymity factor makes it just as easy to flake on someone when it comes to meeting IRL as it is to click on his or her profile to begin with. So how do you keep the digital spark alive long enough make it from arranging the date to the actual date?