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  • The Truth About Dating in the Digital Age

    Source: The Truth About Dating in the Digital Age

    Dating and the Internet is a match made in heaven, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center that's all about finding love in the digital age. Researchers took a hard, scientific look at modern relationships through the lens of smartphones, social media, and the web, and how those technological developments have fundamentally shaped the way Americans treat dating online. According to Pew, the stigma against online dating is losing steam, and public approval of meeting significant others through digital means is way up. If you're an online dater, or shy about creating a profile on a site like OkCupid, eHarmony, or Match.com, consider these revealing statistics about what it's like to date in the virtual space and Americans' changing views of online dating.

    Online Dating Is More Prevalent Than Ever

    We might as well call 2013 the age of digital dating. Apps like Tinder, OkCupid, and Grouper saw meteoric growth this year, and

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  • What (and What Not) to Say when Someone's Grieving

    Source: What (and What Not) to Say When Someone's Grieving

    When you find out a close friend has lost a loved one, your first response may not make her feel better. Instead of consoling in a way that may not help, you'll want to field a few pointers for giving your friend the support and love she needs during this tough time - even if you can't be there.

    DO say:

    I'm coming over to ________
    . Take the initiative and come over to help with something. From answering her home phone and keeping track of calls to cooking dinner, helping to make life a little easier is one way to be there for your friend.

    I'm so sorry. Be genuine, be heartfelt, and be honest. Offering sympathy without any add-ons is one way to share that you care, especially when you're not sure what to say.

    I'm here for you: This might sound weird and maybe a bit uncomfortable, but just holding your friend's hand or sitting next to her while she's grieving is OK. Don't feel pressured to start a conversation or push for

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  • October Book Club: Spooky Meets Sexy

    POPSUGAR LoveSource: October Book Club: Spooky Meets Sexy

    Illicit affairs, haunting family secrets, a beloved character's long-awaited return, an unexpected romance, love triangles - all these topics and more take center stage in the hot books of the month. October's new releases include historical fiction, romantic novels, a bondage how-to book, and a peek inside the world of the swinger lifestyle. Get ready to bookmark the most promising and enticing new reads of the month!

    • Winners: Danielle Steel's latest, Winners: A Novel, will tug at your heartstrings with the story of a young Olympic hopeful who has a tragic accident.
    • Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy: After a decade-long hiatus, Helen Fielding is back with her much-anticipated sequel to her two Bridget Jones books, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy. In the funny yet poignant novel, a newly single Bridget must deal with "loss, single motherhood, tweeting, texting, technology, and rediscovering her sexuality in - warning! Bad, outdated
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  • Would You Pay Up or Pass on the New OkCupid Body Type Filter?

    Source: Would You Pay Up or Pass on the New OkCupid Body Type Filter?

    Ladies and gentlemen, there's a new OkCupid feature in town, and - shocker! - it's rubbing some people the wrong way. Here's the scoop: for an extra fee of $5 to $10, you can filter potential dates by their body type, with more than 10 options like "curvy," "jacked," and "used up" (you can't make this stuff up). OkCupid says it's supposed to help users narrow down people the way they would IRL: by finding them physically attractive or not. I mean, that is the entire basis for Tinder.

    How much you pay for the feature depends on certain things, like how long you've been a member or even your own body type (WHAT?). And it's up to the user to choose how she describes herself or whether she even wants to fill in that field or leave it blank.

    What do you think? It's causing quite a stir, but let us know where you stand on the weeding-out option!


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  • 5 Ways to Meet Someone

    Source: 5 Ways to Meet Someone

    For us, the first day of Fall evokes sweet daydreams of cozying up by the fire and strolling through the Autumn trees, so what better time to spruce up your dating approach? From new hobbies to a fresh, self-loving attitude, a little bit of change can go a long way - both for your confidence and for your dating habits. Love is in the air this Fall, so boost your odds of meeting someone by following these five simple tips:

    • Sign up for a class. You're not going to meet someone if you're sitting around all day, so take the initiative and join a class of some kind. Whether it's a fitness class or a cooking workshop, you're bound to meet new people - and the more people you know, the more likely it is that you'll find a connection, so boost your odds by getting out there.
    • Stick to smaller groups. A giant crowd of females can be more than a little intimidating, so ease up on the estrogen and go out with just a few close pals instead. A smaller group
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  • Check Off Your Fall Bucket List

    POPSUGAR LovePOPSUGAR LoveSource: Check Off Your Fall Bucket List

    It's officially Fall, so we're already burrowing in for Snuggie snuggle season. While it's sad to see Summer go, there's something magical about Fall that has us looking forward to change. Between the pumpkin spice lattes, cozying up by the fire, and tailgating with friends, there's not much we don't like. To celebrate the yummy season, we've listed some of the things we can't wait to do this Fall.

    Check out our Fall bucket list below, and download a printable checklist here. Then let us know! What are you most excited for this Fall?



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  • 5 Beer Date Ideas for Hop-py Couples

    POPSUGAR LoveSource: 5 Beer Date Ideas For Hop-py Couples

    Get your stretch pants ready because Oktoberfest is going strong, and there's only one way to celebrate. Take advantage of this special time by grabbing your best guy or gal and sipping your way through all the festivities with these date ideas. Bonding over beer? Sounds like the perfect time.

    • Visit a Beer Garden: Believe it or not, many beer gardens are really cute. Full of greenery and even waterfalls, they're a great setting for an afternoon relaxing with your honey.
    • Go Beer Tasting: There's nothing like discovering new things with your partner, and beer is no exception. Find a bar or restaurant that lets you taste different kinds, and take a few bottles of your favorite home to cheers with later.
    • Attend a Beer Festival: 'Tis the season for beer festivals galore. Find one in your city, don your best lederhosen or dirndls, and tell yourselves you're at the real Oktoberfest in Munich. Do so before it's too late!
    • Brew Your
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  • What We've Learned from Young Heroines in Literature

    POPSUGAR LoveSource: What We've Learned From Young Heroines in Literature

    It's back-to-school season, and we've been reminiscing about classic books from our school days. Many of them, including To Kill a Mockingbird and A Wrinkle in Time, featured heroic young girls who inspired us growing up. Some of our favorite "kids" books - that are just as relevant and enjoyable to read today - feature strong, multidimensional heroines who persevered despite being overlooked because of their size, age, and sex. These adventurous young women hold a special place in our hearts and minds, so let's take a look at some of the most inspiring 16-and-under heroines in literature.

    • Alice
      Lewis Carroll's titular character Alice from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass is a curious 7-1/2-year-old who is trying her best to be proper and mature, but longs for some excitement in her life. We can all relate to that restlessness she feels, and you can't help but feel for her when she's trying
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  • Here's What a Man Thinks of Your Pinterest Wedding

    Source: Here's What a Man Thinks of Your Pinterest Wedding

    Ever wonder what a guy would think of your Pinterest wedding planning? If you're single that's a whole different story, but if you were actually planning a big day and hoping to get a "groom's" perspective on the most popular wedding pins on the site (without force-pinning your significant other), look no further than A Man's Thoughts on Your Pinterest Wedding Boards. This bearded mystery man has taken it upon himself to share his manly opinions on wedding pins, and while some are pretty funny - with sexual innuendo and jabs at clean-shaven grooms - a lot of them are cheesy romantic and give a little glimpse into what a groom would be interested in when it comes to wedding planning. See a few of my favorite pins below, and be sure to POPSUGARLove on Pinterest for even more wedding inspiration.






















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  • The Dos and Don'ts of Tinder Pics

    Source: The Dos and Don'ts of Tinder Pics

    The whole point of Tinder is making snap judgments about people based on their looks. Therefore, a good profile photo is of the utmost importance, which makes some of these choices extremely puzzling. We've done some extensive research into the men of Tinder to come up with this list of dos and don'ts that will determine whether your photos get a "nope" or a swipe to the right.








    Do pose with a cute animal . . . And by "cute animal," we don't mean a tiger. Unless it's a baby tiger!

    But don't look too excited about it. We don't want to compete for attention with your cat.

    Don't pose with a hot celebrity. You might think it increases your cred to pose with Ben Affleck, but really it just makes us think, "you, sir, are no Ben Affleck."

    Do actually have a profile photo. You're be surprised how many guys have no profile photo at all. Maybe that's working for them?

    Don't pose with another woman. Maybe it's your sister, but still: not sexy.


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