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  • How to Tell If a Guy Loves You by the Way He Walks

    by Gena Kaufman

    Jason Nocito Jason Nocito He loves you: He skips and whistles any time he's with you.
    He loves you not: He lies on the ground kicking and screaming while you drag him by the wrist to your date.


    I kid, I kid. If it's as obvious as either of those two, I don't think you'd have any questions (except for maybe if your boyfriend is secretly an overgrown toddler permanently stuck in the temper tantrum phase). But there is seriously a way you might be able to tell if a guy loves you or just feels friendly based on his gait.


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    According to new research, men will adjust their speed when walking with a romantic partner to match her optimal pace. They don't do the same when walking with a female friend. That's actually pretty adorable for couples, but not so adorable when you're running all over New York City looking for a crappy apartment and trying to keep up with your long-legged, 6'4" platonic guy friend in 96-degree heat. He knows who he

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  • Guess What Men like Just as Much as Women

    by Gena Kaufman

    Arthur Elgort Arthur Elgort Ryan Gosling. It's Ryan Gosling, right?


    I mean, probably. Everybody loves that dude. But that's not actually what I was talking about.

    It's hugging! Awwwww.

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    According to new research, both men and women choose a snuggly embrace as the best seasonal mood booster during gloomy times. Men also favored music, fresh air, and time with friends to cheer them up, while women tended towards a cup of tea, chatting with a pal, and watching a favorite TV show.

    Also noteworthy: 41 percent of people said their partner provides the most meaningful support, followed by a best friend.

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    Maybe it's not surprising that guys crave cuddles just as much as gals, but you know what is surprising? That a stiff drink didn't even make the top 10. Such healthy, positive choices people make. Well, at least they say they make.

    Does your guy ever request a hug when he's

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  • 2 Easy Ways to Keep Family Drama to a Minimum when You're Wedding Planning

    by Kim Fusaro

    Rennie Solis Rennie Solis Unless you're marrying an orphan or a saint (who also has saintly parents) chances are there's going to be family drama when you're planning your wedding. Makes sense: There are a lot of expectations from all parties--you, your groom, and two immediate and extended families. Here are two easy ways to make sure the drama doesn't send you over the edge.


    1) Don't badmouth your in-laws to your groom.
    Avoid starting any sentence with, "Your mom is such a bitch" or "Your sister is the WORST bridesmaid." Sure, his mom might be acting like a bitch, and his sister could be a total psycho, but you don't want to put him in a position where he has to defend his family (and I HOPE he defends his family) again and again. Because while he's standing up for them, he's standing up against you. See why that's a bad thing? You guys should be on the same team. So save your bitching for your besties--and even then, keep it to a bare minimum. Talking bad about people only makes the bad

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  • Why You Should Pursue New Friends Just like Romantic Partners

    by Gena Kaufman

    Getty ImagesGetty ImagesI think most of us would agree that making new friends postcollege can be weird and uncomfortable and downright difficult. Which means it's a lot like dating, but its very similarity to dating is a big part of what makes it so uncomfortable.

    Which is why when I read Ann Friedman's recent article on The Cut, wherein she argues that we should embrace the courtship ritual when making new friends, I found myself nodding along in complete agreement. Her contention is that friendship is as important as romance and that both kinds of relationships often start with one person pursuing the other. So while we might feel "desperate or weird" for seeking out a new friend's company and asking them to accompany us to various activities, it's actually very smart.

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    Just this past weekend, I was talking to a good friend of mine who moved to a new city a few years ago where she didn't know many people besides her parents. She

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  • 4 Rules of Using Selfies as Your Online Dating Profile Picture

    by Gena Kaufman

    Steve Eichner/WWDSteve Eichner/WWDWelcome to the world of dating in 2013, wherein we must discuss the rules of selfies and emojis when it comes to finding love. I'd roll my eyes and make a joke about being too old for this stuff, but I've taken a selfie in the last 48 hours and I'm not sure how I ever communicated without emojis, so, I totally get this one.

    In order to help us navigate the world of these new methods of expression, online dating service Zoosk conducted a survey of more than 6,000 singles. The general result? Selfies are everything. For online dating profile pictures, 75 percent of women and 62 percent of men have used a selfie, whereas within their profile only 18 percent have used emojis. A whopping 84 percent of people would rather see a selfie as a profile pic than something more formal.

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    However, there are some things people don't want to see where selfies are concerned. Behold, four important rules of using selfless based

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  • One Guy Kissed 566 Different People in an Unsurprisingly Germ-Filled College Tradition

    by Gena Kaufman

    CN Digital ArchiveCN Digital Archive If I made a list of all the guys I kissed (just kissed!!) in college, it would include entries like "Guy in blue shirt at that one party" and "Guy in red shirt at the other party," so trust me when I say I have no judgment about the amount of tongues the average university student swaps.

    Still, I couldn't help but be more than a little skeeved out by the New York Times' description of Stanford's tradition "Full Moon on the Quad," an officially sanctioned activity that involves a giant kiss orgy, followed by, naturally, a huge campus-wide bout of the flu (and other illnesses).

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    Here are just a few of the article's details that make me never want to pucker up again:

    * The director of the health center uses the phrase "participate in the exchange of oral secretions," which isn't his fault for using technical terms but EWWWW.
    * The school doles out cups of Listerine, dental dams, and tips for avoiding

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  • Why it Might Be a Bad Sign If Your Guy Texts You a Lot

    by Gena Kaufman

    Giovanni Giannoni/WWDGiovanni Giannoni/WWD Communication in a relationship is good, but you and your boyfriend might not always be on the same page about how to do it, or how much talk is too much.

    Especially when it comes to texting. According to new research, while 82 percent of young adults say they text their significant other multiple times a day, that's not always good news for a relationship.

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    First (and this seems almost as obvious as the whole "men like to look at boobs" thing), quality communication is more important than quantity, meaning those who sent loving messages had higher satisfaction. But the amount of texts could be a problem: Men who reported texting more often also reported lower relationship quality. Women, on the other hand, reported more satisfaction when they also reported texting often and were more likely to use texts to apologize and make decisions.

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    If

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  • Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom Are Having the Least Breakup-y Breakup Ever

    by Gena Kaufman

    Does this look like a former couple who just went through a major breakup? (Getty Images)Does this look like a former couple who just went through a major breakup? (Getty Images)We were all pretty sad when Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr announced the end of their very good-looking marriage, but you know who doesn't seem that broken up about it? (Get it? Broken up?) Um, Orlando and Miranda themselves.


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    Since telling the world they'd decided to separate, the ex-couple doesn't appear to have changed much in their togetherness routine. In addition to the shot above, they've both been spotted heading into the apartment they still share, walking arm-in-arm, taking their darling three-year-old son on a walk in Central Park, and even exchanging a sweet kiss over his chubby little cheeks.


    This isn't just a matter of staying friendly. It goes deeper than that, according to Orlando, who said, "We're not friends. We're family."


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  • The Part of a Woman's Body Men Look at the Most Will Shock You. Shock You, I Say!

    by Gena Kaufman

    Major assets. (Getty Images)Major assets. (Getty Images)I hope you are sitting down, because I'm about to give you the shock of your life....

    Men like to look at boobs, you guys. Boobs! WHO KNEW?

    According to a new study wherein people wore eye tracking gear while looking at pictures of models with different body types, men look at breasts and waists for longer periods of time than they look at faces. And since they spend so much time staring at that general area, women with hourglass figures were not only looked at more, they were rated as having better personalities. Because just like Sir Mix-a-Lot says, if she's got an itty-bitty waist and a round thing in your face, her personality is also probably scintillating.

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    Now, to be fair to men, who have been accused of never looking at our eyes since the dawn of the time, they aren't alone. Women actually looked at other women the same way, i.e., straight in the boobs. So in conclusion: Maybe you want to look

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  • Great News: Your Regular Friday-Night Plans Make You Seem More Attractive to Men

    by Gena Kaufman

    Getty ImagesGetty Images

    Truth from pop culture: The cheerleader effect, of How I Met Your Mother origins, is real.


    That is to say, people in groups are perceived as more attractive than they would be as individuals.According to scientists, this is because people tend to "average out" all the features of the group's faces--and evidently, being average is actually a good thing when it comes to attractiveness.

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    In the study, when people were asked to evaluate an individual's attractiveness, they gave higher scores when the person was shown in a group portrait than when they were shown alone.

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    You probably didn't need an excuse to go out with all your friends, which you already do practically every weekend, but now you have one. Great, right? We at Smitten also assume the increased attractiveness thing works for couples, like Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady, who are basically

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