How Do I Look in These Genes? The Science of DNA Dating

That sensation you feel when you meet someone you like—that visceral pull towards another human being—there's biology behind that. And if there's biology behind that, it can be measured, and controlled for, and used to help determine if two people will be attracted to each other before they ever even meet in person. » 2/09/15 11:30am 2/09/15 11:30am

Tinder Is Dead

Last Monday, on the night of the blizzard that talked a big talk but then never came, I was batting around an idea, one of many that had to do with the dating app Tinder, with my colleague Sam. » 2/04/15 12:30pm 2/04/15 12:30pm

The Relationship Status of the U.S., Visualized

Ever wondered where people are more likely to get hitched, or perhaps live out their life solo? These maps, created by Nathan Yau, show how relationship status varies across the entire country. » 11/12/14 6:45am 11/12/14 6:45am

Is Online Dating Worth It? An FAQ

You've probably heard of online dating. You may even have a few friends that do it. But, despite your curiosity, you haven't been able to convince yourself to actually try it out. We're here to answer some of your burning questions. » 9/12/14 8:00am 9/12/14 8:00am

The Science of Female Condoms: The Future of Sex?

Once derided as being like plastic bag with the erotic appeal of a jellyfish, the female condom's being reinvented as the next big thing in safe sex. Emily Anthes investigates. » 3/04/14 5:40am 3/04/14 5:40am

The Most Common Relationship Advice, Visualized

Ahead of the schmaltz that is Valentine's Day, how about a little advice? This visualization shows the most frequently provided words of relationship wisdom so you can console your friends—or yourself—tomorrow. » 2/13/14 5:15am 2/13/14 5:15am

This Is What a Breakup Looks Like as Cold, Hard Data

Breakin' up is, as Neil Sedaka once sagely pointed out, hard to do. But for one recently divorced woman, studying the data behind the breakup was a balm to help her through a tough emotional time. » 12/02/13 8:00am 12/02/13 8:00am

Author Barbara Ehrenreich Revisits Her 1987 Look at the Future of Sex

The January 1987 issue of the legendary (and sadly, now defunct) Omni magazine included predictions from 14 "great minds" about what the world might look like in twenty years. By the year 2007, musician David Byrne believed that computers would do little for future musicians outside of their bookkeeping. Noted rich… » 6/24/13 4:45pm 6/24/13 4:45pm

Why New Phones Are Just Like New Girlfriends

When you get in a new relationship, things start out amazing. You discover new things together. You expand your horizons. You spend as much time as you can together. You love to hold them. It's all very exciting! But am I talking about a new relationship with a person... or a phone? CollegeHumor poked fun at how our… » 5/02/13 10:25pm 5/02/13 10:25pm

Nate Silver Offers Up a Statistical Analysis of Your Failing…

While data shows that overall happiness in your relationship fell 8 more points, there is still a 31 percent chance of makeup sex this Friday, depending on average energy levels after work and how proactive you're feeling (see chart). However, if you just order $18 of Chinese takeout like you did last weekend,… » 2/27/13 4:20pm 2/27/13 4:20pm

The Science of Being in the Friend Zone

It's every nice guy's fear when it comes to a girl that they really like: being put in the friend zone. That invisible walled off space is impossible to break. The alcatraz jail cell of a potential relationship. Once you're in there, all you'll hear about is her love life, her sex life, her boyfriends, her one night… » 1/10/13 11:00pm 1/10/13 11:00pm

Why Breaking Up With Someone Via Text Sucks

Probably the worst part about all the great technology we use to communicate with one another is the ability it gives us not to communicate with one another. Rarely will a text message accomplish what a conversation can. Which is why you should never, ever, not ever break up with somebody via text message. (There are… » 10/01/12 8:30pm 10/01/12 8:30pm

Why Women Date Weaklings

Common knowledge dictates that girls dig guys with muscles. However, new research suggests that women gave up on bulging biceps and strong jawlines long ago, in favor of qualities like loyalty and generosity. In other words, the scrawny geek gets the gal. » 5/28/12 3:00pm 5/28/12 3:00pm

Science Proves Men Really Are Attracted to Psychologically Vulnerable…

Men, it seems, are sadly predictable creatures. A new study suggests that males are physically attracted to women who are psychologically vulnerable—that is to say, immature, depressed, or unintelligent—-though that doesn't necessarily convert into a desire for a long-term relationship with them. » 5/25/12 9:32am 5/25/12 9:32am

Why Women Date Assholes

It's well known that women find sexy, rebellious rogues attractive. Duh. But until now it's not really been clear why women choose to turn that attraction into long-term relationships, when they know they stand a high chance of getting burned. New research, however, reveals that the secret lies in the hormones. » 5/15/12 12:00pm 5/15/12 12:00pm

Just Thinking Women Are Nearby Makes Men Dumber

If you often find yourself stuck for words in the presence of women, don't beat yourself up; we've all been there. But it turns out it's not you, it's science! Merely thinking about the presence of women makes men stupid. » 3/13/12 2:40pm 3/13/12 2:40pm

Women Are Happier in Relationships When Their Partner Knows They're…

Sometimes, science doesn't provide radical new findings, it just confirms what we've all suspected for generations. Take, for instance, a recent study that shows women are happier in relationships when men know they're miserable. Men on the other hand, they're just happy when their partner is happy. » 3/06/12 9:37am 3/06/12 9:37am

Science Proves Getting Back with Your Ex Is an Awful Idea

Hey babe, we used to make each other miserable, but it's been a year, so now we won't anymore, right? No, says scientific research. A new study from the Kansas State University confirms what we all knew anyway. » 2/21/12 10:16am 2/21/12 10:16am

Facebook Is Killing Friendships and Causing Fist Fights

We usually think of Facebook as a place to either keep in touch with real friends or cryogenically freeze old and artificial ones that wouldn't otherwise exist. But a new Pew study says FB can actually end relationships, too. Naturally! » 2/09/12 6:20pm 2/09/12 6:20pm

No Online Dating Site Can Match Up Your Inner Crazy

Online dating's said to be the future of relationships, now that we're all too busy to meet people in real life. But claims that websites can match you with your ideal partner using scientific algorithms are bull, according to a team of psychologists. Because not even fancy math can suss out our own unique brands of… » 2/06/12 12:21pm 2/06/12 12:21pm