Besides the fact that never has a racial minority appeared as the Bachelor or Bachelorette on ABC's long-running reality show, we continued to be surprised by contestant Jason Mesnick's choices on last night's episode.Things that would make us sweat (not in a good way)—like being prepared to move cross-country for someone you've known for 48 hours—seem to make this guy smile. Here, a list of things this Seattle-based single dad likes in a lady.
To save money and "stress," a couple of lovebirds in Illinois decided to marry in their local Taco Bell. The unique location was "appropriate" for the couple's "offbeat relationship," according to the groom, Paul Brooks, 30. Not only did the pair already share a last name, Paul and his Australian-born bride Caragh Brooks, 21, lived on different continents when they met on an online dating site and began a nine-month long distance courtship, according to the Daily Mail.
New research shows that breaching trust in a young relationship spells doomsday, whereas longer-lasting relationships have a better chance of recovering from a trust-breaking blow. In the study, college students were observed in two game-playing scenarios: one where their opponent cheated or otherwise breached trust early; the other where trust was broken after a length of time. Players in the first group were much warier about forgiving and reestablishing trust than those in the latter.
Blaming your parents for messing up your life is about as cliche as pointing out that kids speak the truth. A Divine Caroline post featuring children's advice on relationships reveals both ideas really are kinda sorta... true. The site polled a bunch of rugrats on the topics of love, marriage, dating and kissing. While utterly endearing, these responses also offer an interesting case to the nature/nurture debate about gender roles. Kids start picking up on relationship behaviors and attitudes long before they have the vocabulary to address what's going on.
Besides confirmation that ABC's The Bachelor producers are indeed a bottom-feeding lot (more on this later), viewers of last night's two-hour premiere walked away with some fascinating new tidbits about love. For those who don't watch, the premise of this season's show is that Jason, a 32-year-old single dad from Seattle got down on one knee for Deanna Pappas, the most recent Bachelorette, but was ultimately dissed for a younger, "gnarly dude" snowboarder (with whom Pappas has since split). Now, with 3-year-old son Ty in tow, Jason's back on the hunt. Among the love lessons learned last night? The hot dog theory of men, thanks to Jillian, a Canadian contestant, and "vision boards" are not this Bachelor's thing. Cleavage and love poems are, however.
A bride and groom decide they "like big butts" and they "cannot lie" when their first dance song morphs from The Righteous Brothers' "Unchained Melody" into Sir Mixalot's "Baby Got Back." More newlywed couples are ditching the slow ballads in favor of upbeat dance songs that let them "get jiggy with it."
Long distance relationships are made easier with the right technology. If there are miles between you and your man, a good cell phone plan, web cam and commitment to good communication are in order. Check out this video for some easy tips to make your relationship stronger, even when you're far apart. Schedule a date to drink a glass of wine together. Use your camera phone to take pictures of things that happen to you throughout the day. And, while distance doesn't equate to a higher chance of cheating, those in LDRs tend to worry more about infidelity.Going the extra mile (figuratively, if not literally) can help.
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.
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).