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New App Figures Out Who Your Happiest Facebook Friends Are

New App Figures Out Who Your Happiest Facebook Friends Are

TIME magazine has created a new app which hooks into your Facebook account and measures the happiness of your friends based on the language they use in their posts. I’ve learned two important things about myself. One, with 502 posts, I use Facebook entirely too much. And two, The Frisky’s Mommie Dearest columnist Avital Norman Nathman is my happiest friend — 80 percent of what she posts is positive! (Winona is next, with 69 percent of her posts being positive, and Amelia is only marginally more positive than me, with 58 percent of her posts. Buck up, Amelia!) It’s an interesting experiment, although I don’t believe what words a person uses on Facebook can accurately assess their fundamental happiness. But maybe it is time to stop grumbling about the bad weather so much. [TIME]

Dating Don’ts: Love In The Age Of Instagram

Dating Don'ts: Love In The Age Of Instagram

I have an inveterate aversion to the unexpected. I hate surprise parties. I conduct extensive consumer research before I purchase anything, from new shoes to vacuum cleaners. The idea of plunging blind into a situation fills me with a mounting dread, a gnawing in the pit of my stomach knowing that I have no say in the outcome. This charming quirk has led me on a lifelong journey to impart control over a variety of situations that are inherently uncontrollable — the job search, the actions of others, and most importantly, dating. Any way you slice it, dating is fucking terrifying for me, because the unexpected is the norm. The carefully edited OKCupid or How About We profile and the brief dossier provided by a well-meaning friend only reveals so much. How can you know more before you’ve even met? This week, in an article in The New York Post, I read about Glimpse, a new dating app that offers the alluring prospect of stripping some of the mystery away. By allowing users to view the Instagram profiles of potential matches, Glimpse removes a layer from the murky soup of contemporary dating, offering users a deeper glimpse into the interests of other singles. If you like what you see, “smile” at the person through the app, and if it’s a match, you’re well on your way to love. Keep reading »

Conservatives Are Trying To Make It Harder To Divorce

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We knew that some conservatives have a boner for (heterosexual, of course) marriage. But did you know they get equally hard for stopping couples from being able to divorce?  As Scott Keyes writes in a must-read piece for The Washington Post, politicians in over a dozen states have introduced bills making it harder for a couple to end their union. Keep reading »

10 Things I’ve Learned From 10 Years In A Relationship

10 Things I've Learned From 10 Years In A Relationship

Today is Nick and my 10-year anniversary. TEN YEARS. A decade. One-twentieth of a lifetime if we both live to be 200, which we plan to. I’m not usually super sentimental about anniversaries, if only because I’m like a doofy sitcom husband when it comes to remembering exact dates, but I couldn’t help but get a little reflective and nostalgic last night when I was thinking back on all we’ve been through and all the fun we’ve had. Here are 10 things I’ve learned — about relationships, life, and myself — in the past 10 years. Keep reading »

Your Friskyscopes For The Week Of April 14-20, 2014

Aries (March 21-April 19): It’s going to be a nail-biter week, as all parts of your life converge into a moment that has you thinking about things in an utterly drastic way. Chances are there will be a lot of uneasiness to plow through this week, which will mean needing to maintain a resolute attitude. Remind yourself that you are the sign of victory and without one, there is no compromise.

Best Day To Get Lucky: Tuesday, April 15 Keep reading »

5 Annoying Things Parents Say To People Who Don’t Have Kids

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As a father of three children, it takes quite a bit of teeth-gritting for me to admit that parents can be the most eye-roll-inducing shitbags on the planet. We don’t mean to be. The problem is that we’ve lived life before kids and we’ve lived life with them, whereas our counterparts have only experienced the former. This makes every kid-related topic that comes out of our mouths sound condescending and patronizing. I don’t think most parents understand that, so on behalf of not-spawn-having people everywhere, allow me to tell parents to shut the fuck up when they consider saying the following. Read more on Cracked…

How To Reply To A Last Minute Date

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When a man calls very last minute to ask you out on a date, it’s easy to turn him down. You’ve got plans. You have a life. You don’t have time to sit around and wait on him. Fair enough. But what’s it costing you? Are you missing an opportunity? Read more on Your Tango…

33 Telltale Signs You’re Turning Into Your Mother

33 Telltale Signs You're Turning Into Your Mother

There comes a time in everyone’s life when you’re just going about your daily routine, folding and putting away your underwear or shoving old candy wrappers into your purse, and BAM— you realize you’re becoming your mother. This isn’t always necessarily a bad thing, but as we get older, and as hard as we may try to avoid the “transition,” it’s inevitable — you will one day morph into your mom. First comes realization, then denial, then questioning/concern, then acceptance. If you exhibit any of the following behaviors, I regret to inform you that you’re already on your way to ugly full-coverage bras and cringing at vulgar Beyoncé lyrics. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: On Being My Black Boyfriend’s First Black Girlfriend

Girl Talk: On Being My Black Boyfriend's First Black Girlfriend

The first time I asked my boyfriend if he had ever actually dated a black girl, we had not even met yet. It was during one of our online Skype sessions that the conversation came up.

“I’ve never really lived around too many black people,” he confessed.

“So have you ever dated a black girl?” I asked half-jokingly.

“No,” he responded simply.

Crickets… Keep reading »

The 12 Types Of Dudes Who Will Try To Pick You Up At A Bar

As a single female, I’m all too familiar with the dating scene and the post-traumatic stress often endured after a night out at the bar. “We met online,” is the new “we met at a bar,” and there’s a reason for that: far too many evenings are spent swatting away deadbeats and touchy-feely drunk dudes. So before you head out to your favorite pub, be prepared to get hit on by one of these 12 types of guys. Keep reading »

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