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  • The 10 Most Open-Minded Cities for Single People

    by Gena Kaufman

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    Do opposites really attract? For online daters, it may depend on their city...

    Zoosk studied a sample of nearly one million of its members to determine which cities had the singles with the most open minds about dating. Looking at factors like body type, religion, education, previous marriages, and smoking/drinking habits, Zoosk determined the cities where people were most wiling to date someone with differences from themselves. Here are the top 10:

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    1. Las Vegas
    2. Detroit
    3. Columbus, Ohio
    4. Sacramento, Calif.
    5. San Antonio
    6. Oklahoma City
    7. Indianapolis
    8. Jacksonville, Fla.
    9. Nashville
    10. Memphis

    This list is especially interesting especially in light of recent research on FiveThirtyEight of eHarmony users, which essentially concluded that most people do in fact want to date someone very similar to themselves. (I highly recommend clicking through on that link and

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  • 7 Signs He's Getting Serious About You

    by Gena Kaufman

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    Somewhere between the first few butterfly-inducing dates and the committed-for-life stage, there's the period of wondering if you're both on the same page about how serious you feel about a future together. If you're not quite at the point of That Talk but you're looking for a few clues you're heading in that direction, here are some signs he's in it for the long haul as your relationship progresses.


    He takes you on nondrinking dates. Nothing wrong with a few cocktails on dates, whether you've been out twice or for 20 years. But the beginning of a relationship tends to be pretty socially lubricated, so when he starts asking you to hang out in broad daylight without a beer, he's getting comfortable with you.

    He expects that you have plans even when you don't make them. In the beginning, he asks, "What are your plans for this weekend?" to see if you're available. When he's serious, he asks, "What are our plans for this weekend?" because he just assumes you'll want

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  • Warning: Guys Who Tweet a Lot Might Be Guys Who Cheat a Lot

    by Gena Kaufman

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    Today in unfortunately rhyming news: The more you tweet, the more you cheat.


    According to a journalism doctoral student's research of 581 Twitter users of various ages, those who are active Twitter users are more likely to experience Twitter-related conflict. Well, duh, that's seems obvious--but the Twitter related convict can lead to divorce, breakups, and cheating. Basically, this means that too much tweeting can cause fights that aren't necessarily relationship-related, but arise from one partner being distracted from the relationship and then lead to infidelity or breakups.

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    Interestingly, Facebook use also had a negative impact on relationships, but especially in newer relationships of three years or less. Twitter use, on the other hand, had a negative impact on relationships regardless of length. No relationship is safe from Twitter!


    Is your guy a Twitter addict? Are you? Do you ever fight over it?

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  • 3 Ways to Spring-Clean Your Love Life Today

    by Gena Kaufman

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    Happy spring! Luckily, the weather here in New York is fairly warm and beautifully sunny, so I'm totally feeling that start of the season buzz. You know, when you want to walk outside for hours and then reorganize your entire closet by getting rid of all your stupid snow boots and sweaters immediately?


    The hopeful spirit you get at the start of spring makes it a good time for a single gal to do a little spring-cleaning of her love life too. Depending on how motivated you are, here are three things you can do to clear out the clutter, ranging from the simple and concrete to the slightly more complicated and emotionally involved.

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    Easiest: Delete old numbers from your phone or email addresses from your contacts list. Simple, quick, and baggage-lifting, not to mention an easy way to save potential embarrassment when you're sending texts after one too many drinks, or your email gets one of those weird viruses Read More »from 3 Ways to Spring-Clean Your Love Life Today
  • FYI: There's a Hook-Up Truck Available for You to Rent in One U.S. City

    by Gena Kaufman

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    If this truck's a-rockin', don't come a-knockin'.

    Out: rent-by-the-hour hotel rooms. In: rent-by-the-hour trucks? Or at least, someone is trying to make fetch trucks happen in San Francisco. According to the Huffington Post, "the Hook-Up Truck " is a new venture by conceptual artist Spy Emerson. On the outside, it's a regular old delivery truck. On the inside, however, it's a private room equipped with furniture, mood lighting, temperature control, complimentary condoms, and a "camera-ready option." (Yikes to that last one.)


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    According to the official website, the Hook-Up Truck can be used "for immediate dispatch" in conjunction with your favorite mobile dating app, or can be pre-booked for festivals, weddings, or parties. (Re: weddings: Should a hookup truck be the new photo booth of reception fun? Um.) It'll set you back $75 for 30 minutes while parked or $2,500 for a five-hour party rental package with

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  • 7 Dating and Sex Lessons According to Miranda Kerr (From In-Air Orgasms to Possibly Dating Women!)

    by Gena Kaufman

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    The lovely Miranda Kerr is on the cover of British GQ this month in a gorgeous (and revealing) photo shoot. (Now that you've been warned that some shots are not safe for work, they're over at gq-magazine.co.uk if you want to check them out.)


    And speaking of revealing, although I was sad about her split with Orlando Bloom, I am loving newly-single Miranda if she's always going to speak as frankly about sex and dating as she did in this interview. The full issue will be out this week, but read on for a few sexy lessons and rules of love according to a supermodel.

    When you're single, you may need exercise more: "One thing I've noticed is now that I'm having less sex my body isn't as toned. The more sex I have, the more defined my arms and stomach get."

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    Take all the time you need before getting physical: "Orlando and I always had great chemistry. One-night stands aren't my thing... I made Orlando wait for

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  • 6 Things Gwyneth Paltrow Said About Her Marriage to Chris Martin Before Their Split

    by Gena Kaufman

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    In light of yesterday's sad news that Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin are "consciously uncoupling" (that's breaking up, if you don't speak Goop), we decided to take a look back things she's said about their relationship. In the past few years, Gwyneth has opened up about the difficulties of marriage and given us a lot of frank and sometimes controversial tips and observations about love. Here are a few that made us think...

    On how to handle a fight with your guy on Chelsea Lately: "The woman was saying, 'I got into a big fight with my husband and I got home and I wanted to scream and yell' and Gwyneth was like, 'Whatever you're doing just do the opposite, just go at him with love and you give him a blow job."


    On having tough talks (and how her diet changed her relationship) in Self: "You're not learning anything unless you're having the difficult conversations. Dealing with things directly changed my relationships. Sometimes when you get clear about who you

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  • 5 Reasons You Get More Sexually Confident as You Get Older

    by Gena Kaufman

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    One great reason to be excited about getting older and hitting your thirties? It comes with a boost in confidence in the bedroom.

    According to a study of 2,000 people between the ages of 18 and 60, it was determined that women are at their most sexually confident at age 31. By contrast, age 25 is when women are the most insecure.


    Obviously those numbers are just averages, but there is definitely something to be said for gaining confidence as you grow older, in all areas, not just where sex is concerned. Maybe you're 23 and already feeling totally confident (awesome!), but here are five reasons you'll probably just feel better and better in bed as your twenties progress and turn into your thirties.

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    1. You've probably done it more. Duh. Practice makes perfect, you know.


    2. You've probably done it with more people. After your first long-term relationship, you might have a lot of experience, but it's only with

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  • There's a Reason Why Full House's Uncle Jesse and Aunt Becky Never Became a Real-Life Couple

    by Gena Kaufman


    Getty ImagesGetty Images For anyone who grew up in the late eighties and early nineties, Full House was the source of a lot of life lessons set to emotional music, and of course, the idea of the perfect, most beautiful grown up couple: Uncle Jesse and Aunt Becky.

    Fans everywhere secretly hoped these two would be a real-life love match and possibly produce genetically blessed, magnificently-haired little mini-Rippers, but it never happened.

    Last year, John Stamos fueled the fire by calling Lori Loughlin "the one that got away," and in a recent chat with Yahoo's Daily Shot, she's responded to his flattery with an explanation as to why the two never ended up together. "I was married at the time I was doing the show to my first husband. Right as I was getting divorced, he met Rebecca." (He was married to Rebecca Romijn from 1998-2005). In 1997, Lori married her husband of seventeen years now, Mossimo Giannulli, so things turned out pretty great for her. But it's clear the two both thought about

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  • Please Don't Let "Sex Selfies" Become the Next Trend in Oversharing, OK?

    by Gena Kaufman

    Getty ImagesGetty Images Remember good old 2013, when selfie was the word of the year? It was an age of innocence, when, sure, maybe we were all a little too obsessed with ourselves, but it was just a bit of PG-rated fun to snap a silly photo of your own mug.


    That was before I learned about this variation of the trend that evidently exists: sex selfies. As is fairly clear from its name, it's the act of taking a photo (or video) of yourself while having sex.

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    I came across the term thanks to an article on habits of cheaters courtesy of AshleyMadison.com, and according to that, it's "a surprisingly widespread practice worldwide." However, I think we can all agree that the habits of people who would use a website to find partners in adultery are not necessarily indicative of the habits of all people, so I'll skeptically raise my eyebrows as to just how widespread the practice actually is.


    But still, it's at least enough of a

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