The 5 years that changed dating

Tinder Co-Founders Sue Former Parent Company For $2 Billion

When Tinder became available to all smartphone users in 2013, it ushered in a new era in the history of romance.

On the 20th anniversary of The New York Times’ popular Vows column, a weekly feature on notable weddings and engagements launched in 1992, its longtime editor wrote that Vows was meant to be more than just a news notice about society events. It aimed to give readers the backstory on marrying couples and, in the meantime, to explore how romance was changing with the times. “Twenty years ago, as now, most couples told us they’d met through their friends or family, or in college,” wrote the editor, Bob Woletz, in 2012. “For a period that ran into the late 1990s, a number said, often sheepishly, that they had met through personal advertisements.”

But in 2018, seven of the 53 couples profiled in the Vows column met on dating apps. And in the Times’ more populous Wedding Announcements section, 93 out of some 1,000 couples profiled this year met on dating apps—Tinder, Bumble, Hinge, Coffee Meets Bagel, Happn, and other specialized dating apps designed for smaller communities, like JSwipe for Jewish singles and MuzMatch for Muslims. The year before, 71 couples whose weddings were announced by the Times met on dating apps.

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Men who flaunt their luxury possessions are not the ‘marrying kind’

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These men are driven by their desire to have uncommitted romantic flings.

Men who drive expensive cars or who flaunt their flashy possessions are driven by their desire to have uncommitted romantic flings according to researchers from Rice University, the University of Texas-San Antonio and the University of Minnesota.  Although it may catch a woman’s attention she won’t be marrying him any time soon.

 

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Looking for Romance? Online Dating More Effective than the Bar

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Online dating is the preferred way singles meet.

In the marketplace for romance, megapixels are now officially more effective than bar-side flirtations.

More than twice as many couples who married last year met through online dating services than at a club or social event, according to a new survey commissioned by Match.com.

 

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The Six Golden Rules of Sexting

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Message-sent is often different than message-received

Professing your love (or lust) takes just a few seconds of typing in the age of flirtexting, also famously known as sexting. While ‘XOXO’ stands for hugs and kisses, ‘French’ is the new tongue-incheek for French Kiss and ‘IWSN’ (I want sex now) is the best way to tell your ‘LOML’ (also known as the Love Of My Life) how much you ‘< 3’ (love) them.
According to Debra Goldstein and Olivia Baniuszewicz, authors of a book on the subject, text messaging or SMSes are the most widely used mobile data service on the planet and while this wireless communication works wonders in bringing people together, there are certain proper ‘textiquettes’ that need to be kept in mind while giving into this messaging madness. The rules to play by…
1.) Timing is Everything
While it can be tempting to respond right away to the tantalising SMSes beeping in your inbox, being overly eager is also a turn-off. This is especially true for those who are just getting to know each other. Rein in your enthusiasm and use time as a tease in responding to certain SMSes. This makes you appear laid back and easy-going and increases the perception that you’re fun to hang out with, with more to follow.
Also, always make sure that you do not message somebody at a time which is too late for them, and hence, inconvenient for the person.
2.) Don’t Beat Around the Bush
Messages can be easily misunderstood. People like them for the fact that they’re succinct and direct. Don’t be cryptic while flirting. Keep it real and witty. These are supposed to be time-saving titillations.
3.) Never Drink and Text
Getting drunk equals getting stupid. Never mix your drinks with your SMSes. While it might turn out to be funny, chances are, it will rarely be sexy. Think flirtexting , think sober.
4.) Avoid breaking Major News Through Text Messages
While the heat and the excitement of the moment might tempt you to message your loved one declaring your love for them or your intention to marry them, these news are best broken in person. Also, do not break up with someone through SMSes. It is rude.
5.) Discresion is the Best Option
For your own good, if you are sexting with more than one person, do not leave your phone out while on a date and don’t check your messages in front of your date. Also, turn off your phone if you find yourself having a ‘sleepover’.
6.) Double-Check Before You Send Out a Flirt Text
Messages involving any sexual encounters, especially those with saucy pictures to go along with them, should always be double checked. Make sure you are sending them to the person you actually meant them for.
Via Times of India

Professing your love (or lust) takes just a few seconds of typing in the age of flirtexting, also famously known as sexting. While ‘XOXO’ stands for hugs and kisses, ‘French’ is the new tongue-incheek for French Kiss and ‘IWSN’ (I want sex now) is the best way to tell your ‘LOML’ (also known as the Love Of My Life) how much you ‘< 3’ (love) them.

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Creative New Places to Have Sex

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The secret to your sex life may lie in some exotic new location

If your bedroom boredom has taken a toll on your sex life, all you need is a drastic, yet quick change. How about changing the place in which you are having sex?
Forget the boring kitchen or the bathtubs… think bizarre, out-of-the-box! Try out unexplored corners in your house, which you’ve have never earlier considered as apt places to enjoy a steamy sex session. From your storeroom to the dirty basement that you’ve never bothered to clean up to the garage that you thought was only meant for car parking – try out off-beat sex destinations and convert them into sensuous love dens.
Sex expert Dr. Deepak Arora agrees, “Whenever you experience a change in your life you feel more excited and the same holds true for sexual intimacy. Couples should keep changing the decoration of their rooms like lighting, placement of objects, wall colours, curtains etc to infuse a fresh feel every time they get intimate, as it boosts their sexual pleasure.”
Sex counselor Dr. Shivi Jaggi supports, “Taking of sex variations, a place can influence a couples’ pleasure quotient. Any place outside the stereotypical bedroom will help couples keep alive their sexual fire. The reason why they find hotel rooms more appealing than their bedrooms is for because it’s a new pleasure playground that takes their mind away from mundane domesticity and adds a zing of excitement. So, if they pay a little attention and experiment with the decor of certain places within their own homes, they can perform wonders in their sex life.”
So, the next time you plan an intimate session with your partner, try out these unexplored places within your house and see the heat of passion building like never before…
Garage Passion : Everyone loves a wild backseat romp, but it can get even wilder if you try sex in the garage. The dark ambiance and the rusty feel will surely build up the mood for a night of passion. Fun would be at its peak when you play love games of hide and seek behind the parked cars and let your partner look for you and thus build up your sexual mood. Alternately try a sex romp on top of your car. Dr. Jaggi explains, “In a garage, it’s the raw energy of the destination that adds to the pleasure and once you’re away from the comfort of your bedroom, this crude place is definitely racy and exciting. If you really wish to have a new-fangled change, you can specially design your garage to make it an apt place for sex.”
Word of caution : Make sure you do not make too much noise by pressing the car horn and disturbing your neighbours as they may interrupt your sexual act.
Arty Attic : An attic fills the space between the ceiling of the top floor of a building and the slanted roof, and they are known for being awkwardly shaped spaces with exposed rafters and difficult-to-access corners. So why not make the most of this neglected area in your house? Decorate it in an alluring manner to seduce your partner and during the act, try out new positions in accordance with the structure of the attic. Dr. Arora states, “Due to hectic lifestyles, couples have no time to maintain their attic space. But just devoting a single day to covert it into a lavish area to have sex can turn the heat on. Couples will surely leave their bedroom luxuries behind and have sex on rough surfaces like that of an attic.”
Word of caution : Since attics bear a slanted roof, ensure that you don’t get up much during the sexual act or else you’ll end up hurting yourself and spoiling the fun. .
Basement Pleasure : While some convert their basements into an office area, others keep it vacant as a partying hall. But think of decking it up in a way to arouse your trigger zones. Try having a set-up that looks completely breath-taking with a spa setting or a club like scene with a pole dancing space. Such creations enable a prolonged foreplay, thus building the mood right for hot sex. Dr. Jaggi adds, “If resources allow, you can get a boring basement area revamped totally and make it an exciting place to enjoy sex with your partner. Right from assortments of scented candles, aroma oils, and sexual paintings to dim lights etc, liven-up this area with everything that act as perfect aphrodisiacs”.
Word of caution : Don’t be too loud with your moaning sounds, as the echoes in an empty basement can wake up the other members in your house.
Cosy Corridor : If you thought the corridor was just meant for kids to play during the day and the elderly to relax in the evening, think again! You can make the most of this zone during your moments of pleasure. Think of a converting your otherwise tedious corridor/balcony into a sex inspiring den. Place a cot adorned with satin sheets and scented flowers can act as an add-on. Dr. Arora suggests, “If you’re staying on the top floor of a high rise, then the balcony or corridor can be a perfect place to have sex. Remember, you’ve moved to the balcony because you want to enjoy the fresh air and have sex in an open area, so no curtains are required. Also, ensure there are no surrounding buildings at the same level as your balcony and if there are, then wait for mid-night, so you can enjoy the act in the dark.”
Word of caution : Ensure that your kids are carefully locked inside their bedroom on that night and do not get to witness your act in open. Beware of peeping tom neighbours.
Storeroom Surprises : Imagine how a broken table lying wasted in the storeroom can make for a wonderful base to get intimate with your lover. While in the storeroom, you can try being a little more creative by taking out antique items, sexual pictures, Kamasutra paintings etc and creating an atmosphere to arouse your partner. Dr. Jaggi shares, “Having sex in the storeroom is a welcome change. Having limited space, it usually stimulates sex in standing positions. The little spaces meant for ventilation allow some amount of light to enter the room, so it would be an excellent shift, as far as the surrounding is concerned.”
Word of caution : Clear the excess dust in the storeroom as it may cause discomfort for either of the partners.
Romantic Roof-top : Having sex in the open on your terrace can be awesome, provided you make optimum use of the space. It can be by arranging a candle-lit dinner for your beau or decorating the entire roof-top with flower strands reviving your first-night charm. Dr. Arora opines, “If the rooftop is too high from which noone can see you from the outside, it can be an experience to remember. To make it more arousing, you can have a roof-top garden, which will not only add to the sexual energy, but also let you enjoy the fragrance of the blossoms. The moonlight adds to the ambience.”
Word of caution : Your roof-top should be as private as your bedroom, so ensure there are not too many roof-tops adjacent to your terrace that may hinder your moments of passion.

If your bedroom boredom has taken a toll on your sex life, all you need is a drastic, yet quick change. How about changing the place in which you are having sex?

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Testosterone Determines Who We Fall For

 Testosterone Determines Who We Fall For

So, what do your testosterone levels say about you?

Our level of hormones plays a key role while we choose a mate as high testosterone in women makes them more attracted to masculine actors such as Daniel Craig, with men favoring the femininity typified by Natalie Portman, researchers said on Monday. Researchers from the University of Aberdeen’s Face Research Laboratory say that changes in testosterone levels affect the extent to which men and women are attracted to different types of faces.

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In a Tangle of Young Lips, a New Sex Rebellion is Brewing in Chile

 In a Tangle of Young Lips, a New Sex Rebellion in Chile

Chile, long considered to have among the most traditional social mores in South America, is crashing headlong into that reputation with its precocious teenagers. Chile’s youths are living in a period of sexual exploration that, academics and government officials say, is like nothing the country has witnessed before. (Pics)

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New Online Dating Service for Zoo Animals

New Online Dating Service for Zoo Animals

Mating rituals are easy, but describing them online is tough

A new software is making it way onto the web to help improve the sex lives of zoo animals. It’s promising easier and more accessible data, faster matches and — in a page out of the most particular of human dating sites — details on an animal’s personality to ease what can be a testy process. Luckily, zoos won’t be required to document all the turn-ons and turn-offs of each animal. (Pics)

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Vacation Sex is Better than Regular Sex

Vacation Sex is Better than Regular Sex

Why wait? Plan your vacation today

Want to pep up your love life? Well, then all you need to do is plan “vacation sex” with your partner, for it can do wonders for your heart, mind, and soul, according to a new research. Sex on a holiday allows you to get away from pressures, distractions, worries and responsibilities – basically, any of those libido-killers that affect your love life most days of the year, reports The Daily Telegraph.

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Sex in Space – The Ultimate Quest

Sex in Space - The Ultimate Quest

If your only motivation for going into space is in hopes of finding your next great
sexual experience, you are no longer a useful member of society

An increasing number of couples expressing their desire to have sex in space have become a cause of concern for scientists, says a report.

The experts do not think that it would be possible to have intercourse in space. “We’ve had a variety of people inquire about it,” Daily Star quoted Will Whitehorn, president of Virgin Galactic, whose boss Richard Branson hopes to put tourists into space next year, as saying.

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