A daily round-up of the hottest news, trends and advice about love, sex, relationships and dating.

Marriage Is Not Dead!

A while back, people were saying—and are still saying—that the institution of marriage was dead. That couples were not interested in and did not need to make their bonds legal. Well, not so, says The Guardian. In a recent article, new research suggests that it’s not the interest level that’s affecting declining marriage rates—it’s income levels.

Which Sex and the City Gal Are You?

Which Sex and the City Gal Are You?

This is a seriously worthwhile break-from-work quiz. Not only is it fun to see which "Sex and the City" character your dating habits are most like (or were, if you're taken), but you get a free analysis of your dating style from top relationship psychologist Dr. Diana Kirschner. My responses unexpectedly pegged me as having Samantha's dating style though my love life certainly doesn't resemble her flavor of the week routine (pre-Smith, of course)! According to Dr. Diana's analysis, Samantha-like daters often fall into the "Chase Me" dating pattern defined by running away from a relationship before getting hurt. Sounds like Sam to me!

Kidding Around

We ran into this little article, "5 Things That a Playground Can Teach Us About Relationships," by an everyday blogger. It’s clear, simple, and accurate. Kind of cute, right? We especially like number three: Free to begin, free to leave? There’s no planning, no exchange of business cards, no tearful goodbyes (well, only when you have to actually leave the playground). Kids live in the moment. They’re single-mindedly focused on swinging higher, sliding faster, climbing farther. When a friend leaves, another friend may enter.

Caress Via Cell Phone

Caress Via Cell Phone

Love and technology going together like horse and carriage in the future? Check. Feeling slightly creeped out after glimpsing what this marriage might actually look like? Check. A Finnish firm called Provoke is showing off a new mobile phone prototype that connects users through touch. The soft-backed phone transmits contact between callers, so you could play a game of thumb war — or something like that — with your lover from afar.

But Who Gets the Dog?

But Who Gets the Dog?

Once married, we'd like to think that everyone lives happily ever after, but take a look at the divorce rate. It’s not great. And when a marriage does hit the rocks, splitting one life into two can be a real mess. The latest custody issues? The pets. Namely, the dog, according to newsday.com. In fact, it seems to be enough of an issue that a book was just released on the topic: We Can't Stay Together for the Dogs: Doing What's Best for Your Dog When Your Relationship Breaks Up (TFH Publications, $22.95).

Man Puts Wife For Sale On eBay

Man Puts Wife For Sale On eBay

The US had the Bobbitts, and now the UK has the Osborns. Ok, maybe a penectomy ranks higher on the "ouch" scale than attempting to sell one's wife, but how about when you list her as "my lying, cheating, adulterous whore of a wife of 26 years" on eBay? Yikes. Not hard to guess the back story on this one. I'd like to think all's well that ends well because Paul took down the post before the allotted auction time expired, thereby shattering the dreams of hundreds who had bid amounts of up to £750,000 for the mother of two.

Easier Access to Rape Kits in 2009

Easier Access to Rape Kits in 2009

Starting next year, emergency room rape kits -- key for evidence collection should a victim choose to bring charges against an attacker -- will be sealed and stored by number rather than name until used for prosecution. This way, the decision to go to the police or not doesn't need to be made immediately following the trauma of rape. While some states already have similar practices in place, others require police involvement if a rape kit is requested at a hospital. The US Department of Justice estimates that only 41 percent of sexual assaults today are reported to the police.

Are You A Good Wife?

Are You A Good Wife?

Oh, boy. This thing really needs no introduction or commentary. Okay, maybe a slight introduction. Psychologists have unearthed the Wife’s Chart of the Marital Rating Scale, which was originally designed by a Northwestern counselor to provide feedback on troubled marriages. Men rate their wives on a scale of 1 to 5 on things such as, “Has meals on time,” “Slow in coming to bed—delays till husband is almost asleep,” and oddly, “Wears red nail polish.”

Facebook: Making Infidelity Easier Everyday

So what does man do? He jumps on a plane and breaks the other guy’s jaw. According to The Telegraph, Stephen Henshaw and his wife, Tammy, were happily married—until Facebook got involved. Tammy reconnected with an ex, Jake, through the social networking site, and ended up cheating on her husband with the former boyfriend.

A Fairy Tale in Queens, NY

A Fairy Tale in Queens, NY

The New York Times on Sunday featured an adorable couple who met online, whose names mean the same thing ("free man" and "free woman") in their respective languages of origin, who have a cute newborn and who live in their "dream home," a farmhouse-like brownstone in a neighbor-friendly 'hood on the Brooklyn/Queens border. Oh, and, the husband refurbished the place himself, and they share a love of children's books. And, no, this is not the latest romantic comedy box office hit. You'd love to hate them if you were in the habit of doing so, but I say there's nothing wrong with a little ogling now and again to remind ourselves that fairy tales do come true. Cute couples do find bliss in farmhouses in New York City.