Sarah Dill and her boyfriend Ben.Online dating comes in many forms. But who knew a Web site as salacious as Chatroulette could render a real relationship? Sarah Dill, a senior at New York's Fashion Institute of Technology, shares her sweet story of how her now boyfriend went from Internet stranger to man of her dreams. As told to Dara Adeeyo.
By Sarah Dill
It started on February 19, 2012 when I was hanging out in my friend's dorm room. It was late and her other friend popped open her laptop and suggested we go on Chatroulette just for fun. I had never been on the site, but always thought it was a place where most people only had the intentions of flashing their goods. (Chatroulette is a place where you can interact with random strangers around the globe via Webcam.)
We got started and crossed paths with some pretty, um, interesting people: A super drunk dude with a British accent, and so, so, sooo many weird men dancing (what's up with that?!). Several sudden clicks later, we came to a guy with a guitar named Ben.
Sarah Dill and her boyfriend Ben.Online dating comes in many forms. But who knew a Web site as salacious as Chatroulette could render a real relationship? Sarah Dill, a senior at New York's Fashion Institute of Technology, shares her sweet story of how her now boyfriend went from Internet stranger to man of her dreams. As told to Dara Adeeyo.Read More »from I Met My Boyfriend on Chatroulette
- Cosmopolitan.com | Love + Sex – Tue, Apr 30, 2013 2:35 PM EDT
The Chandler effect.Sorry, Chandler. Today in studies we completely disagree with, UK social researchers have discovered that while funny guys are often the first to get laid, they're the last to be chosen to, say, meet her mom or pick out shower curtains with her at Crate and Barrel. That is to say: Ladies don't want to get serious with dudes who are funny, according to Metro UK. Boo.Read More »from Study: Women Are into Funny Dudes for One-Night Stands, but Not Relationships
By Anna Breslaw
The study filmed 40 psychology students - half men and half women - answering a basic hypothetical question. Nineteen students whose answers contained humor were termed "actors," and their videos were played for the following students, who were asked to rank them in terms of suitability for a short-term relationship (as short as a one-night stand, in fact) or a long-termone. Based on the answers, the researchers determined that male wit "nurtures an impression of not being serious or willing to invest in a mate."
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Personally, I shudder to imagine being
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Tue, Apr 30, 2013 1:50 PM EDT
wordsBelow is a photo of my teenage daughter with a teenage boy. They've known each other for years, go to the same school, been in the same musicals, and belong to the same a cappella group. Last month, during that choir's trip to Italy, the two of them decided to make things a bit more official. But what were the words used for this teenage romance?
"Did he ask you out?" I asked my daughter. "No," she replied. "It's not 'going out.'"
"But are you going steady?" I tried again. "Nobody says that, no," she answered.
"Is he your boyfriend?" I finally asked. "Are you married, engaged, living together, is he your baby daddy, just, what?!"
It seems the language of love has become a more complicated playing field than the one of my childhood, which included first base through home run in an easy to understand matrix of escalating making out.
Recently I conducted an exhaustive survey of teen love parlance, which means I texted my daughter and son a few times. This is what IRead More »from From "Talking" to "Hooking Up": 6 Phrases that Describe Teenage Relationships — Decoded
- HowAboutWe | Love + Sex – Tue, Apr 30, 2013 1:39 PM EDT
Girls vs. Sex and The CityBy Jenifer Jonson for HowAboutWeRead More »from I’m 39 and My Dating Life Resembles ‘Girls’ More Than ‘Sex and the City’
In the first season of "Girls," twentysomething ingénue Marnie lays out the "hierarchy of communication" between men and women:
"Texting is one of the lowest forms of communication on the totem of chat. You have Facebook at your lowest, before that there's Google chat, texting, email, and a phone call. Face-to-face is of course ideal, but is not of this time."
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Hearing this, I, a 39-year-old mother of 3 who until recently hadn't been on a date in 15 years, found myself screaming "YES" at the television.
I'm one of those people who met a man in college, married him, had 3 kids, and moved to the suburbs. Even before my marriage, I was always the one looking for a meaningful monogamous partnership. Dating was simply a means to that end. And once I became a wife and mother, I wasn't exactly keeping up on the singledom trends.
But now, fresh after a divorce, I find myself in some strange bubble. I'm the Rip
I can sit there and explain my feelings to them for an hour, and barely get a response… aside from, like, waking up to have my oil changed or something else nice and preventatively responsible.
I'm a words girl. I'm not good at trying to decipher actions, so I decided, hey, maybe I should just come out and ask our husbands what they they want to say to us, like, using sentences?
Here's what happened.
Andy, married to Brittany 8 years: When you freak out about your age or you weight, I never see any of that. It sounds like a cheesy thing to say, but I still see the girl I fell in love with in high school… with bigger boobs.
Matthew, married 10 years: If you're married or a mom, don't get lost in those roles. I feel pulled into the parenting abyss too, but every so often, I like seeing glimmers of our pre-kid lives.Read More »from Guy Talk: 8 Things Your Husband Wants You to Know
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Equala, the By Chiara Atik for HowAboutWeRead More »from Warning: Do Not Use This App to Stalk Your Crush
There's a new app on the market that claims to be a "gamechanger" in the realm of modern-day dating, though perhaps it would be more accurate to call it a "gamechanger" in the realm of somewhat sad internet stalking. The app's developers are in fact so sold on its effectiveness that the press release they sent had the subject line, "No More Steak Dinners!" Because now you can use music, not Outback Steakhouse, to win a man?
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Equala, available on iTunes and Android, apparently connects to your Facebook account and…somehow? gathers the music tastes of all the men you like (assuming, of course, that you're already friends with them on Facebook).
After that, you just follow these steps (quoted from the press release):
Get familiar with his top jams. Listen [to them] yourself (or at least, pretend to)
Pretend to listen to music? AKA look up the lyrics online? I dunno.
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Solidify your friendship
How satisfied you feel in your relationship has to do with how connected you feel to your partner. Research suggests that our ability to connect with others (our attachment style) is influenced by our childhood experiences. According to Prior and Glasser (2006), 65% of children can be classified as having a secure attachment style, with the remaining 35% having an insecure attachment style.Read More »from The 10 Proven Ways to Improve Your Relationship
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The Female Pickup Artist
It's not 1855 (or even 1955) anymore, so most of us understand that a woman making the first move isn't a reason to gather a posse and start a witch-hunt. A hot girl hits on you at a bar? Great. She strolls up to you at a show and coolly asks for your number? Even better. But what if she's a full-on 2013 Don Juan? What if she's memorized the rules of Neil Strauss' The Game, too, and can play you like a Russian chess champ?Read More »from The Rise of Female Pickup Artists
It's been almost eight years since The Game exposed the "secret" world of pickup artists (PUAs) and spawned hundreds of new ones who hit up the clubs and practiced gentlemanly tactics like manipulation and NEGS (things you say to a chick to slightly lower her self-esteem) to lure women into bed. The movement is still out there, even though it's mostly seen as lame, offensive and sleazy. But what would happen if the tables were turned -- if women became the PUAs? There are signs that, among some women, it's becoming a thing.
It's a pretty even playing field today,
- Astrology.com Tarot | Love + Sex – Tue, Apr 30, 2013 12:19 PM EDT
The Nine of Chalices card reversed suggests that it might be time to come off the sidelines or out of the comfort zone. Deal with loss, resentment, a break down in communication or some other issue that might be affecting intimacy, self-acceptance, or gratification in your love life. This could be a dramatic turning point and might even bring a certain amount of relief. Ultimately, with little left to lose, this upset could create an opening for you to let go of old, constraining circumstances and surround yourself with what really matters. Afterward, you can conquer the mess or clean up your act while honoring your experience. You can then put it behind you once and for all and be free to be receptive to the joy, pleasures and love you deserve.
Truly one of the only times in our lives that we'll consult and trust the Farmer's Almanac is when we're predicting the weather on our wedding day. When else are you going to check the forecast for the third Saturday in June when it's only April? It might sound silly to some, but as brides, we know we can never be too prepared! And, GASP (!), what would happen if it did rain on one of the most important days of your life? Well, besides the old wives' tale of rain being good luck for weddings, we think embracing the downpour can be fun and romantic. And think of all the wonderfully unique photos you'll have to remind you of the day you said "I do" under an umbrella. Check out the slideshow for some of our favorite images from rainy day weddings.
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