Good with your hands? Your agility may reap beyond-the-bedroom benefits for your relationship–especially if you're using your fingertips for typing. A new study caught up with the ordinary communication between couples by looking at 10 days worth of instant-message conversations of almost 70 United States couples who had been dating for about a year and a half. The couples also completed relationship satisfaction questionnaires at the time of the study and again six months later, when 40 percent of the couples were no longer dating.
Wondering what your friends think of Sarah Palin or if people think marriage is going out of style? Answer your questions at Urtak, a new website that lets you create polls and answer questions. Urtak calls itself "the world's first experiment in collaborative public opinion." It's new and its users are self-selecting, so we can't say with certainty that 11% of people would pay $40,000 for a date with Scarlett Johansson (although now that she's married, they probably wouldn't get their money's worth). We can say that Urtak is an interesting alternative to traditional polls like Gallup and Zogby.
Online dating threw me an unexpected curveball: my career. As a professional writer, I gave men an easy topic to make conversation about in their initial flirtacious emails: "Where do you work? What do you write about?" The problem is, these men already knew my first name was Jessica; I knew that as soon as I gave them any other clue about my work, they'd be off and Googling. That's certainly what I did to a fellow JDating journalist who worked at a major entertainment magazine told me he once interviewed Blake Lively: it took three seconds to figure out his real identity.
Coming in second only to the cell phone, a recent survey of 1,000 DVR owners revealed that the television recording device is an item people increasingly can't live without. The survey suggests DVRs are becoming to households what the microwave once was: a source of liberation and harmony. DVR not only gets you to work on time (by recording morning Saved by the Bell reruns you might otherwise be tempted to watch, duh), it's also saving relationships. Men's website Asylum reports that nearly 80 percent of survey respondents said the technology has "improved relations with their significant other." While the company collecting this data is a DVR manufacturer, thereby knocking off a touch of legitimacy, there is true logic behind the results.
In regions of the country where prostitution is legal, the Aphrodite Project Platforms are causing quite a stir. These shoes - of which a concept pair are on display at the Museum of Sex in New York City - look like the stereotypical "hooker heels" but are decked out with a panic button and a GPS system.