A new study claims women buy more beauty products when the economy is down.
The recession is still hitting us hard four years later and in the United States particularly, we’ve already changed the way we as women shop, splurge, and save money. But besides affecting our wallets, do these hard economic times have us desperate for a relationship as well?
My friends are dating for free dinners! What's with this trend? Is it the economy, stupid?
When I recently told my sister that I was going to start actively dating and really putting myself out there, her response was simple and to the point: "Well, at least you can get a free meal out of it." I had always thought people said this as a joke, but after a bit of investigating among my single girlfriends, quite a few of them actually admitted to dating solely for the free dinner.
Max Green, 32, who just moved back home from the West Coast, recently told the New York Post, "I moved back in with my parents in August. I was dissatisfied with my job, was thinking of going back to school, and wanted to be close to my family."
Depending on your point of view, it's either a 1960s free-love adventure or a shower-less nightmare.
You can find pot, condoms, and topless women at the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in New York's Zuccotti Park. In an article yesterday, the New York Post painted a picture of debauchery among the protests, filled with homeless looking for free food and young people getting down in sleeping bags.
"My girlfriend wants me to pay for everything." "Tell her, 'I'm going through a financial crisis.'"
Would you ever go out with someone who was against Occupy Wall Street?
Lola: Not everyone here is taking themselves so seriously.
Holly: If a guy didn't at least find this interesting, he's probably too stiff and I wouldn't want to date him anyway.
When the economy is down, unsatisfied married couples go on the "down low" instead of divorcing.
Married couples of the world, we've got good news and bad news for ya. Let's start with the positive: Despite some slight fluctuations, the divorce rate has remained pretty stable for the last 50 years, even in light of a down economy. Now, the bad: Although the divorce rate is down, infidelity is up.
Examining the economic downturn's effects on how we find and show love.
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.
YourTango Experts tell you how to save your relationship and yourself during a money crisis.
Recovering from an untimely or unexpected financial crisis is a process that involves both a plan and an attitude shift. Sure, bad things can happen unexpectedly, but the way out of them is smart thinking and a strategy. If you find yourself facing an unexpected emergency, here's how to get out of it with ease and grace.
Why weddings and marriage aren't happening for many couples these days.
Too cash-strapped to get married? You're certainly not alone. According to the Census Bureau, the population of never-marrieds exceeded the number of married folk for the first time in a century. These days, many couples aren't necessarily choosing to forgo the wedding and marriage vows because they consider the whole convention obsolete or unnecessary—they just don't have the funds to get hitched.
Studies say the economy makes certain body types and faces more appealing to men.
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.
Lip gloss replaces lipstick as a must-have beauty tool.
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?