Ryan Blitstein must have been feeling popular, and well-liked. He had friends, plenty of them. But everything he knew about these people, his gobs of friends, was through Facebook: tid-bit updates, and answers to predictable questions on status—of relationship, job, apartment search. Nothing deeper, no time for questions, take from it what you will.
Three years into college, I walked into my Creative Writing class. My instructor's name was Nate.* I sat to the right of Nate around the conference table so when he asked a question, I simply murmured the answer. I looked at his ripped jeans below the table. "What were you for Halloween?" he asked, before my classmates arrived.
When it comes to flirting via voicemail, the emphasis is as much on the voice as it is on the verbiage. We'd rather replay Sean Connery's sexy coo over Mark Wahlberg's beat up drawl any day.
Love Bytes: three must-click love, sex and relationship links. So you've found out through Facebook that your boyfriend is cheating on you. Consider responding as follows. [Buzzfeed] Sometimes we all do awkward things in our sleep. Like mistake our significant others for a bowl of chili. [Smitten] She wants to have her size FF breasts surgically reduced. He wants to talk her out of it. Should he even have a say in the matter? [The Frisky]
As I was flipping channels, I landed on a real-life love story of sorts. It was a segment about young Iranians who were finding their spouses with the help of a hip-looking, bearded matchmaker clad in a turban and robe.
According to a recent study by scientists at the University of Queensland, a Hugh Hefner-aged father may actually be detrimental to the child's cognitive abilities. Out of a pool of 33, 000 children it was found that those with the oldest fathers consistently scored lower on intelligence tests. Unfortunately, no exact age was pinpointed as too old. Rather, the scientists just witnessed a general decline with more mature dads—66 being the oldest father in the study. While, yes, the reasons behind a low IQ score could most certainly be blamed on a myriad of factors, researcher Professor John McGrath said the results were "startling" and goes so far as to say the age of the father is as important as the age of the mother. While we always thought of sperm as evergreen, new research proves that older men "accumulate more mutations" in their swimmers as they age.
Sex. And the absence of a healthy sex life can lead to its dissolve. Bettina Arndt, an Australian sex therapist of 35 years, noticed an ongoing trend. The married couples lining her waiting room were mainly complaining of the same marital gripe – the disappearance of sex. She then set about doing research to figure out what was happening, reports the Brisbane Times.
Love Bytes: three must-click love and relationship links. Grocery shopping while single, recycling engagement rings and unusual drugstore products.
Even more research has surfaced claiming that sex is really, really good for you. And not just emotionally good, but like, should be included up there on the list with diet, exercise, and daily vitamin good. Drs. Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz graced Good Morning America today to promote their new book, You Being Beautiful and made some pretty jaw-dropping claims about the health benefits associated with sex-happy people. For starters, they say men who have sex three times a week decrease their chances of a stroke by a whopping 50%, while ladies who get constant lovin' can rest assured they'll probably live longer than their less sexed counterparts. In fact, speaking of women, Dr. Roizen goes so far as to say that humans are the most "sexual species" due to the female's unflagging sex drive. It turns out our desire to get laid even when reproducing is biologically impossible is an animal kingdom wonder.
Sometimes the toilet seat up is just the toilet seat up. But other times, that vertical piece of porcelain in the powder room is nothing short of a death wish, proof that your man never really loved you or respected you, and justifiable cause for exiling him to the land where couches replace beds and where sex is a single-person sport. At least that's how it feels. As April's issue of Psychology Today explains in an article entitled "You're Driving Me Crazy," petty annoyances can easily "coalesce into a vast, submerged force when they take on a different meaning in your mind – when you add them up as evidence of a character flaw or moral defect." But they don't have to.