One would think that a cell phone pales in comparison to sex, but according to a new survey from Telenav, a mobile applications company, it doesn't. In fact, one-third of Americans would rather do without sex than without their cell phone. In addition to sex, Americans would also pass on alcohol, chocolate, caffeine, exercise, a toothbrush, shoes and a computer if it meant being able to keep their phone.
Is sexting still scandalous? The practice certainly precedes the device: People have been writing erotic messages to each other since the beginning of time. But sexting is more problematic than a lusty handwritten letter because sexts are so easy to pass around electronically. As several public figures have learned over the past five years, naked pictures can enter the public domain with just the click of a button.
We rely on our first-date outfits to do many things: to seduce, create confidence, make a killer first impression. But we've never relied on a dress to make a phone call. It may sounds like an April Fools' joke, but the cell-phone dress is real. And shockingly, it's kind of sexy.
My cell phone is more broke than I am. Over the weekend, I got a case of the butterfingers and dropped it again—now it won't text. Wah! Is it trying to ruin my social/sex life? Without the ability to sext, my game is weak! I know a few dudes are missing my steamy messages. Before you judge typing with one hand, here's why you shouldn't knock it till you've tried it!
In this modern age of dating, casual sex and hooking up, many of us remain friendly with people we've seen naked long after the ugly-bumping has come to an end. That said, there are still plenty of rules that must be followed if you actually want to maintain some semblance of a friendship. After the jump, 20 dos and don'ts of having a post-hookup friendship.
Fumigate your technology like you would a roach-infested kitchen, here's how to wipe out every trace of your ex from technology. Think about it this way: seeing your ex in your phone or online only makes you think about what he/she is doing, realize you're no longer privy to that info (at least not right now, maybe friendship lies ahead), and—as any human would—suffer as a result. Why not make technology work for you and remove the catalysts for this negative reminder? We say, cleanse and be free.
Technology has fundamentally changed the way we seek, nurture, and experience intimacy. Beyond the coy status updates, drunken emails and occasional sexting, we find soulmates on dating sites, we fight over IM, make up over email, then go on Facebook to announce to the world our renewed devotion. Gadgets make our love lives better, but they also enable mixed messages, vague sentiments and other bits of intentional or unintentional confusion.
Ever sent a sexy text to your boyfriend... and then realized it was to your boss? Do you know your partner's email passwords? Are you constantly checking your Blackberry—even when you're on a date? Even if you've never experienced these tech troubles, it's likely that you've encountered the intersection of technology and relationships—and maybe you've wondered what to do. Below, 22 dos and don'ts. Let us know yours in the comments.
Compatibility was already complicated enough. She's an only-child; he's from a family of 12. He's a meticulous planner; she's fly-by-her-seat spontaneous. She's all urban; he's a rustic nature lover. But technology is fast adding an entirely new layer of compatibility for would-be couples. And it can suss out the potential for a relationship in a matter of dates, reports Monica Hesse for Washington Post Styles.
The other night, when I was having dinner with a guy friend who told me my engagement history might scare off some guys, we also discussed the issue of privacy in a relationship and how big of a deal it can be when that privacy is violated. He maintains that checking your partner's email, cell phone call log, and text messages is totally wrong, whereas I think it's wrong, but not pathological or evil. Frankly, I know many women who do the occasional cell phone check or email glance (and a few women who do oh-so-much more), but what about guys? Do they ever pilfer through their girlfriends' inboxes and Facebook accounts? I went to four taken guys on IM to find out.
Remember when dating simply meant a guy asking out a girl? Maybe he would call her up, maybe he'd do it face to face. Either way, the options were limited, the results easy to decipher. Even with this simplicity guys and gals everywhere still managed to lose at the game of dating a fair amount. Now with email, instant message, text, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and their brethren at our disposal, we have found plenty of new ways to communicate and even more ways to mess it up. Where there's a new technology, there's a potential relationship dissolving because of its (mis)use.