Regardless of those silly "one is the loneliest number" sob stories you may (occasionally) indulge in, admit it, there's no better feeling than having only yourself to answer to and the entire bed to yourself. Besides, nothing—and we mean nothing—beats the feeling of a casual dalliance washed down with a spoon full of single chick independence. No commitment? No problem! Download these hits and indulge in your unattached status.
Breakups are like snowflakes: no two are exactly the same. So, too, are the songs that get us through them. Lucky for those in the throws of a breakup, 2008 brought us an array of tunes for the wounded heart. A "good divorce" might feel even better after a listen to Pink's empowered breakup anthem, "So What," written about her own split from husband Corey Hart. Wondering whether to stay or leave? Adele's "Chasing Pavements" sings to your conflicted heart. Finally, those moving out of mourning must have Beyonce's "Single Ladies" in the mix. Musical genius it might not be, but getting out, shaking your thing and reminding yourself why he wasn't worth it all while mimicking B's fierce dance moves can't lead a broken-heart-on-the-mend girl wrong.
A new study reveals teens who pledge to abstain from premarital sex actually lose their virginity around the same time as teens who did not vow to remain virgins. The study released today is consistent with previous studies that have shown teens who pledge their virginity are less likely to use protection than their non-pledging counterparts.
Researchers at Oxford's University of psychiatry are creating a sex brain chip to help people battling depression orgasm more easily. Right now the crude wiring from the brain to the heart can cause bleeding, but scientists hope to refine the chip so people can turn it on and off and get the maximum satisfaction out of sex. Bravo!
Greatboyfriends.com lets your friends or family spread the good word about you, but you ultimately get to choose whom to pursue or date. You sister, best friend, ex or mother creates a profile for you, of course highlighting all the good points you might be too humble to share. Men are also rated on several specific traits, including the aforementioned humility, earning potential, looks and desire to commit. The reason this makes for great online dating is twofold: chances are a man's sister is not going to place her mid-40s brother in the late 20s category, as men might be tempted to do on their own; plus, you get an accurate, if overly laudatory, picture of what makes these guys tick. If he's a momma's boy, you'll know right away from the fact that his mother has created his profile (and, yes, these profiles exist).
Hitches in travel are as much a holiday staple as the Christmas tunes we hear every December. Don't let delays get you down—instead read up on this list of travel-related love tales to warm your spirits (or land you a quick shag in an airport closet, if that's your thing).
Social scientists at Florida State University say risk-taking is all part of the biological attraction game. Men are more likely to take risks in order to instinctively compete with one another. Horny men who had seen beautiful female faces took the most risks during games of blackjack leading scientists to think it spans all areas of life.
According to a survey by the late Shirley Glass, Ph.D., noted infidelity researcher and author, bout half of men cheat when they're "happy" or "very happy" in their current relationship. However, the majority of women reported feeling unloved and unappreciated for at least a year or more before cheating on their husbands. Another shocker, the most common extramarital affair happens in the first two years of marriage. Marital therapist Barry McCarthy says the best way to ward off cheating is to think of the kind of person, situation and mood that would make you vulnerable and avoid it.
Besides a lucky few who've never suffered a breakup, most of us know the boiling anger/sadness/frustration that boils up during and after a breakup. Out of this emotional volcano spews a molten mess of post-breakup correspondence most of us would rather forget we ever wrote. Thanks to two former New York City roommates, our attempts to clarify, expand upon or close the book after a split can now be forever recorded on their blog, Just Been Dumped. The founders go by Jules and Mer, and ask to remain anonymous to protect the identities of the friends and strangers who have submitted the material for public consumption. Whether recently dumped or not, the e-mails (and IM conversations) on the four-month old site are a voyeuristic and potentially cathartic treat.
Love Buzz recorded all the love and relationship news fit to fascinate in '08. While the economy and election dominated our attention, a man became pregnant (and gave birth to a healthy child), vampire love sunk its teeth into the entertainment world, Democrats married Republicans and the recession hit our grooming habits. Here, we've collected a roundup of the top trends, news and tidbits about love and relationship this year.