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  • The Type of Photo that Will Get You 60% More Attention Online (It Doesn't Include Cleavage, I Promise!)

    by Gena Kaufman

    Steve EichnerSteve EichnerIf your New Year's resolution is to dust off your online dating profile and get some action on it, here's an important tip…

    While it should be obvious to include a full-body photo amongst your other pictures--it can increase attention by an average of 203 percent for both sexes--for women in particular, you might want to use a particular type: an indoor photo. Using a full-body picture taken indoors can get you 60 percent more messages.


    This further fuels my already firmly held belief that at least 60 percent of dudes who claim to be really into hiking on their profile are totally lying, and they'd much prefer a girl who wants to stay inside and watch Seinfeld reruns on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

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    A man who uses an outdoor photo, on the other hand, will actually be seen more favorably, getting nineteen percent more messages. The reverse is true for selfies: They increase attention to women by four percent, but Read More »from The Type of Photo that Will Get You 60% More Attention Online (It Doesn't Include Cleavage, I Promise!)
  • 23 Holiday Traditions to Start with Your Guy

    by Gena Kaufman

    Getty ImagesGetty Images Part of the reason Christmas felt so magical when you were a kid was because of all the special things you did only at that time of year, like sing Christmas carols or help decorate your mom's famous sugar cookies. (OK, fine. Also because of presents.)


    And once you start celebrating the holidays with the person you love, it's even more special to share your traditions with them and start your own to look forward to all year. Don't have an annual ritual with your guy yet? Here's a list of 23 suggestions to inspire you to start one. (Um, you don't need to do all of them, unless you secretly found a way to make each day during the holiday season have 10 extra hours in it.)

    Part of the reason Christmas felt so magical when you were a kid was because of all the special things you did only at that time of year, like sing Christmas carols or help decorate your mom's famous sugar cookies. (OK, fine. Also because of presents.)


    And once you start celebrating the holidays

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  • For All Your Awkward Dinner Party Needs, the Makers of Cards Against Humanity Made a New Sex-Themed Card Game

    by Gena Kaufman

    Getty ImagesGetty Images If you like card games, and you like imagining having threesomes with your friends, the makers of Cards Against Humanity have the perfect game for you!

    I mean, of course they do. Given the racy nature (and major popularity) of Cards Against Humanity, it's no surprise that they'd make another game that forces you to laugh through your extreme discomfort. The new game is called Clusterf*ck (but you know, without the useless asterisk I put in there in an attempt at decency). The object, which I'm a little fuzzy on, seems to be to strategically pick other players to hook up with or have threesomes with, or to card-block other people's hookups. I think the hookups and threesomes are just in theory, but honestly, what do I even know?

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    You can watch the video explaining how the game works for yourself, although be warned that obviously, given its name, the language is NSFW.

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  • Long-Distance Relationships Are the New No-Distance Relationships

    by Gena Kaufman

    David TsayDavid Tsay It might be time to let go of our general assumption that long-distance relationships are pure torture. The news this year has been that LDRs not only work--they work just as well if not better than the regular old shared-zip-code kind of relationship. The latest study, which looked at 717 people in long-distance relationships and 425 in "geographically close relationships," found that the folks in LDRs were no less satisfied than those who lived closer to their significant other.


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    And in fact, the distance apart actually predicted more intimacy, communication, and satisfaction. (That confirms a similar, smaller study earlier this year on the increased intimacy of long-distance relationships.) More important to a relationship's success than miles apart were qualities like feeling certainty in the relationship's future.

    The only logical thing to take away from this is that in order to get closer to your

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  • Opposites DO Attract…but Not for Long

    by Gena Kaufman

    Getty ImagesGetty Images Two steps forward, one giant fight afterward? This is not great news for opposites in love.


    According to a new survey by eHarmony, opposites do attract in that they're drawn to each other at first. But sadly for Paula Abdul and MC Skat Kat, opposites only tend to be attracted to each other for a short time, but eventually, their differences will eventually drive them apart and cause them to attack each other. For instance, an introvert might be attracted to an extrovert in the beginning stages of a relationship, but later, the couple's opposing social patterns could cause tension between them, and two extroverts or two introverts might be more likely to have a successful relationship.

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    Of course, that doesn't mean a relationship will only work if you have everything in common. You may just have to work a little harder to find ways to be compatible in the long term. Still, something that's exciting in the

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  • Gwyneth Paltrow Went to Jennifer Aniston's Holiday Party This Weekend, and Here's What We Hope They Talked About

    by Gena Kaufman

    Amy Graves/WWD; Getty ImagesAmy Graves/WWD; Getty ImagesFile this under "Who knew?!": Brad Pitt's exes Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow are apparently pals! Close enough pals that Gwynnie and husband Chris Martin were seen arriving at Jen's annual holiday party this weekend. (Scroll through the photos of all the arriving cars filled with cool celebrities to be really jealous you weren't invited to this party.)


    Jennifer Aniston is already known for being tight with girlfriends like Courtney Cox and Chelsea Handler, so it doesn't actually seem surprising that she'd strike up another celeb friendship. And she and Gwyneth have plenty in common: Healthy diets, flawless hair, and lots of well-known ex-boyfriends between the two of them, including, of course, their most famously shared ex Mr. Pitt. Wouldn't you just love to be a fly on the wall in a room with these two after a few glasses of organic white wine, when the reminiscing begins? Here's how I like to imagine the scene:

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  • What His Favorite Christmas Movie Says About Him

    by Gena Kaufman

    Conde Nast ArchiveConde Nast ArchiveYou and your guy are snuggled up on the couch under a luxe faux fur blanket, clutching mugs of hot cocoa and looking extra gorgeous under the glow of your Christmas tree. You're all ready to slip in a DVD, press play, and settle in for some holiday cheer on the screen. What movie does he pick, and what does it say about him? Read on to find out...

    Love Actually: He's secure enough to know that a man can have a romantic streak, too.

    The Holiday: He is only saying this is his favorite holiday movie because he thinks it will score him romance points that will eventually turn into sex.

    Dr. Seuss's How The Grinch Stole Christmas: If he loves the original, he's nostalgic for the magic of Christmas as a child or thinks that Christmas has just gotten too commercial. If he loves the newer, live-action version, he is either too young for you to date, or he just has bad taste.

    It's a Wonderful Life: He might be a little depressed and may need you to remind him that

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  • Hey, Everyone, Stop Trying to Make Online Dating for Free Stuff Happen. It's Not Going to Happen!

    by Gena Kaufman

    Kate PowersKate PowersRemember the olden-timey days of the mid-2000s, when online dating sites just helped introduce you to other people who also wanted to meet people to date? Remember when we used to think that was complicated enough? Hahahaha. We were so naive. Nowadays, online dating is more and more frequently attached to a new set of complications involving gift exchanges and questionable tradeoffs. Dating for free stuff is a trend that needs to get out of my face and fast.

    Let's look at one newish site that came across my radar today. LoveRoom is a site that purports to be a cross between OkCupid and Airbnb, two sites I have used and enjoyed. On their own. Together, my brain is exploding. So, the date is…you stay at their house/apartment? For free? If you don't hit it off, do you have to leave? Because where are you even going to find a last-minute hotel room in that case? And also, is the best place for blossoming romance during your travel plans, when you probably forgot your Read More »from Hey, Everyone, Stop Trying to Make Online Dating for Free Stuff Happen. It's Not Going to Happen!
  • 10 Christmas Love Songs Ranked in Terms of Their Mistletoe Potential

    by Gena Kaufman

    Conde Nast ArchiveConde Nast Archive
    Although it's not a holiday focused solely on celebrating romance (respect, Valentine's Day), you can't deny that Christmas is a pretty lovey-dovey time of year. There's a reason it's smack-dab in the middle of engagement season, and that reason is a combination of lots of sparkly mood lighting, cozy feelings of warmth, and too much egg nog.

    And that means that some of the most beloved holiday songs are essentially great love songs accompanied by some jingle bells. Here, we take a closer look at 10 Christmas songs--just those that are romance-focused, rather than the other many wonderful songs about religion or Grandma's unfortunate demise by reindeer--and rate them based on what you'd be doing under the mistletoe while each song played in the romantic comedy of your life.


    "Baby It's Cold Outside"
    Sample lyric: "I really can't stay. Baby, it's cold outside."
    Romance factor: The melody sounds romantic and sexy, and the idea of lingering with the one you love

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  • 5 Ways to Banish Single-for-the-Holidays Depression, by the Single Woman Author Mandy Hale

    by Mandy Hale

    Courtesy of Mandy HaleCourtesy of Mandy HaleThe holiday season, with all its twinkly lights and fireplaces and cold nights perfect for snuggling is most definitely for lovers--but I'm here to remind you that it's also for singles too.

    Holidays are, like everything else in life, what you make of them. So if you are crying into your eggnog at the thought of spending another Christmas or Chanukah alone, don't. Instead, try this:


    Do Something New.
    I always poked fun at Black Friday and the whole idea of standing in line for five hours to purchase something I probably don't really need, but this year, after an ex failed to respond to my perfectly breezy "Happy Thanksgiving" text, I joined my sister to shop my sorrows away. And guess what? I ended up winning a contest and getting my entire purchase for free. I suddenly couldn't care less if I had a present under the tree from a guy because, hello, free stuff! It never would have happened had I sat home pouting about my unreturned text message. Lesson learned.

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