The Top 10 Relationship Trends Of 2010

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Between sex robots, vajazzling and inappropriate love affairs, love in 2010 was larger than life.

1. Men fell in love with strong women. No, by "strong," we don't mean independent, assertive or successful. Obviously, men are still completely terrified of those women. Rather, according to a study conducted in Australia, we learned that the body part men really notice is the bicep. Yup. Men love long, shapely arms. Which only makes us resent our frumpy sweater collection even more. (Is winter over yet?)

2. Affairs got freakier. There was a time when the most horrifying couplings appearing in the news headlines were between teachers and their students but, this year, we saw a grandmother hook up with her grandson (and have a kid with him), a 3-year-old get engaged to a 5-year-old (pictured), a woman marry the man who'd fired her, and an Indonesian dude marry a cow. We oftentimes wonder if we've somehow slipped into the twilight zone. 6 Inappropriate Relationships That Intrigue Us

 

3. Dating sites went even more niche. We've grown accustomed to niche dating sites: there are those for smart people, eco-friendly people, book nerds, farmers and more. In 2010, dating sites became especially exclusive... and just a little bit insulting. While we were initially chagrined to see dating sites for beautiful people, in August 2010, we learned that there was also a dating site for ugly people. Knee-jerk reactions aside, we're not even sure how one would market to such a demographic. Can a company succeed when its entire premise revolves around insulting its target client?

4. Women became more beautiful. In a crazy sort of way. They began using edible beauty products. Drinking caffeine developed to improve their skin. And getting butt lifts (which, in one case, proved to be fatal). Anything to attract the perfect guy. Not that extreme beauty treatments are anything new. But it went beyond that. This year, it wasn't only about instantly-noticeable beauty improvements. We also went below the belt and tried out—among many other things—vajazzling.

 
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