Based on data from more than 9,100 Americans age 50 and older who took part in a national health survey in 1992, those who were married reported feeling healthier than those who never married. However, recently divorced or widowed responders were on average 20% more sickly than the lifelong bachelors of the group.
Apparently, red red wine does make one feel so fine and in more ways than a mellow '80s reggae hit would have you believe. In a recent study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, Italian researchers claim that levels of sexual desire are higher in women who prefer red wine as opposed to those who favor other alcoholic beverages.
According to new research, males agree on attractiveness more than females. "Men agree a lot more about who they find attractive and unattractive than women agree about who they find attractive and unattractive," study researcher Dustin Wood, assistant professor of psychology at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, told LiveScience.
Sexual fantasies are something we rarely discuss, even among good friends. Our deepest sexual thoughts are often considered too weird, perverse, or just plain wrong to be shared amongst polite company; fantasizing might indicate there is something wrong with our relationships, or worse, ourselves. But research indicates that having sexual fantasies is an absolutely normal, if not necessary, part of being a sexual being. It's not having them that is aberrant.
According to a recent study in Toronto, men and women have varying amounts of guilt depending on whether it's emotional or physical cheating. The scientists cornered 130 people and asked how guilty they would feel in a variety of situations, ranging from sex without love to love without sex. men actually feel more pangs of remorse when there's sex involved. Meanwhile, women rationalize physical infidelity better than men. Ladies feel guiltiest if they find themselves in an emotional entanglement, they say.
Breaking news before the slow-poke networks, staying atop of Ashton Kutcher's activities, bringing the pound sign back: Twitter gives us all of this. But what can Twitter do for love, we asked? The answer: clever pick-up lines packaged into 140 characters or less.
A study was released from Harvard University today claiming strangers knows better than you on what will make you happy. The study claims if you haven't tried something (or someone) asking someone who has (and taking their advice) is a better choice than stubbornly trying it on your own and being disappointed. This is chancy and far-fetched, we know, but these researchers swear on their Ivy League credentials that experience is way overrated, and a word to the wise is just time saved in the end.
Remember when we asked if lust was more important that emotional stability? Well, according to a new study, Spaniards say yes—and Hollywood is to blame. Researchers used a version of the Love Attitude Scale, a quiz that asks people to describe how much they agree with various descriptions about love. The quiz shows how much you accept six types of love: Eros, Pragma, Banquet, Mania, Ludus and Storge. Yes, they sound like exotic birds or rivers in Greece, but they actually refer to various ways people think about the big l-o-v-e. Your values depend on your personality, and, to a large extent, on the culture you were brought up in.
According to a new study, single ladies are better texters. Researchers at the Indiana University analyzed flirty text messages sent between singletons at a screening of the Italian version of TRL and found that the women's messages were more creative. But once you're in a relationship, text messages might not be the way to go, no matter how good they are. A recent survey reveals that 70 percent of women and 53 percent of men would rather receive a love letter than an electronic message d'amour.
We've written a lot about how marriage is a financial arrangement, that romance eventually fizzle, and how having kids can make your once-bottomless libido as dry as an unused diaper. So it would seem to be common knowledge that passion, while important in the beginning of a relationship, isn't what makes a marriage work. But according to a new study from researchers at the University of Iowa, since the 1930s traits like dependability and stability have become fallen in importance, while lust and love have risen. Have Hollywood myths and the fetishization of romance messed up our ideas about what we should look for in a mate?
In a recent study, Swiss researchers took sweat samples from men and women's armpits, mixed them with the enzymes from bacteria normally found there and discovered that men smell like cheese and women smell like grapefruits or onions. That's right: grapefruit or onion. So, if your man's ever been tempted to sprinkle sugar on you in the morning or sauté you in olive oil for taco night, there you have it.
Female sexuality isn't well understood, even by scientists: examining the biology of arousal. Meredith Chivers uses evolutionary biology to explain why women's bodies and minds are turned on by different things. Lisa Diamond believes that women's sexuality is much more flexible than is generally understood, and that women are more turned on by emotional intimacy. Marta Meana works on the theory that female lust hinges on narcissism—that is, being desired. Are any of them right? No one knows.
As unique as we all like to think we are, there's more lemming in us than we realize. Not only are our actions open to suggestion, as previous studies have shown, so are our opinions about non-essential things like beauty. A new study explains that we have our unconscious brain to thank for that.