With our economy tanking even further thanks to the unstable stock market and the recent debt ceiling crisis, our wallets have taken a serious hit. But our shopping habits all that's been harmed thanks to economic woes. Our health may be taking a hit, too.
Unfortunately, when Congress was at a standstill about raising the debt ceiling, Standard & Poor was unimpressed with how the United States was handling its fund. As a result, just this past weekend the S&P downgraded the country's credit rating from an elite AAA to a lesser AA+. Now, we're looking at wild swings in the DOW on Wall Street, financial analysts uttering the word "recession" again, and potentially higher interest rates as a result of the downgrade. Since finances are consistently a huge form of tension among couples, we were obviously concerned at this news. So to put things in perspective, we asked experts what the credit downgrade might mean for our love lives as we move through the rest of the year, and even farther into the future.
Examining the economic downturn's effects on how we find and show love. With strapped wallets, tightened belts and the national unemployment rate nearing double-digits, we can only hope that rumors of the recession's demise prove true—and soon. Here at YourTango, we wanted to know how the economic downturn in the U.S. has changed dating, marriage, sex and family already, and which of these changes will stick when the recession's over.
Couples who have experienced job losses often suffer relationship strains as existing marital tensions are exacerbated and financial stresses spark new challenges. "It tends to flare up any problems that are just under the surface," says one expert. Inside, how to weather unemployment with your spouse.
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Two studies say Hollywood and Playboy subconsciously sculpt their ladies to fit a mold depending on the economy. According to two studies analyzing the faces and body shapes of famous actresses and models throughout the years, tough times call for ladies who look more "mature," taller, sturdier, and a bit heavier then when the economy is booming.
According to the Office of National Statistics, lip gloss has replaced lipstick as the must-have on-the-go beauty item. The Daily Mail refers to this switch as "recessionista fashion," and BBC News points to it as a sign of inflation. But is the economy the real cause of gloss's new reign?
The U.S. job market tanked, the dollar crashed, and my company laid off 16 investigators. The experience left me feeling shaken and insecure. And then one day I came across a video of famed American burlesque performer Dita Von Teese dancing at the Crazy Horse. Three minutes later I was enrolled in a class to learn the art of burlesque.
At the behest of his wife, my husband has been pursuing a different employer as his current position, while solid and benefit laden, offers no room for advancement and little job satisfaction. It is one of those jobs that his father's generation would have envied. In fact, his father is pretty incensed that he would like to leave. Problem is, my hubby hates it and he'll be there a million years before he ever gets a promotion because no one leaves. It's a graveyard and he knows it.
Fine, the market is turning around, if you choose to believe Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. I don't always take the word of a college dropouts or 80-year old Nebraskans, but I'll make an exception for these two with the caveat that the "economy" generally lags the stock market by 18 months or so. How does that help an unemployment rate* in the mid 9% range? Does it make it easier to make ends for you and me? Does it make relationships easier? No but it does make us get creative. This time around, consider window-shopping.
Poll: How Has The Recession Affected Your Love Life?: Made it worse. My love life definitely suffered because of the economic downturn. Made it better. The recession improved my love life. No effect. My love life's had ups and downs, but the economy's not to blame.
Syphilis is called the "French Disease" by the Germans, the "German Disease" by the French and the "Polish Disease" by the Russians. For the last 60 years the disease was on the wane in America but a strange thing happened on our way to economic ruin and recovery: the bacteria rebounded. One county in North Carolina's beating it back with an unexpected method: Wal-Mart gift cards.
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I wouldn't go out with a guy who refused to spend resources—time, energy, effort or money—on our date. It's not about the ka-ching. It's about value. I deserve a life filled with excitement, happiness and sexual richness regardless of mine or my lover's bank account balance. In case you want the same, I enlisted a few friends and fellow writers of the sexy stuff to provide tips that pump up the heat without pushing out a lot of cash.
The economy has forced me to do some corporate writing alongside my "real" work which means deadlines and company politics and stress. Combine that with a spouse who is in town for less than 48 hours a week and who wants (and needs) to do little more than rest during that time and you're likely headed for the looney bin—or worse. But because I am in an open marriage, a polyamorous relationship, a polyfidelitous vee, I am not alone…at all.
Name: john | | Location: nyc , ny |Question: So here is a question. I dated a girl in New York a few years ago. She was a girl who worked in a similar field, I was attracted to, and we did a lot of fun stuff together. She was perfect for me. I broke up with her for a number of reasons, because she wouldn't leave New York, because she didn't want to spend time with my family even though I spent time with hers, and because I felt like our relationship could only be sustained with a certain level of money, I am not talking about a lot of money, just that the amount I made was not enough. For example, I felt a lot of financial pressure, when we went away together she wanted to do things I felt I couldn't afford, I felt like for the relationship to continue we had to eat out a certain amount. We even went so far as creating a fund where we would both contribute to maintain fun things, equally contributed to. But, we ended up breaking up after a night when I had a