My first introduction to s-e-x was at the New England Aquarium in Boston when I was in 4th grade. My friends and I were on a Girl Scout trip and let’s just say us Girl Scouts knew about more than just tasty cookies after watching a pair of rock hoppers in the penguin pen. The next year, the health teacher separated the boys into one room and the girls into another room for the big puberty talk. By that point, I had read enough Judy Blume books to understand about menstruation, but fun facts about sexual activity — in humans, of course — were news to me.
I wasn’t the only kiddie who grew up naive about the birds and the bees: the Facebook group, “We bet we can find 100,000 people who were clueless about sex growing up!” has 120 members so far and is growing. After the jump, read a couple funny — er, funny/sad — stories from the sex ed trenches. Keep reading »
Bridges are built, burned down, and built up again only to see more destruction before you are finally done with your ex. You know why you shouldn’t delete his phone number, but what about Facebook? We’re all guilty of FB stalking (don’t deny it). We could win prizes for our undercover investigations via wall-to-wall post and photo albums. While we certainly advocate un-tagging him in all your photos, there are very good reasons not to cut yourself off from him completely by removing him from your list of Facebook friends. After the jump, check out 5 reasons why you should never defriend an ex on Facebook. Keep reading »
I’ve had my MySpace account hijacked by some spammer who proceeded to flood my friends’ inboxes with soft corn porn ads. Evil! But you know who I would never expect to hijack one of my accounts—my mom. That is not the case for 17-year-old Lane Hill. He had been living with his grandparents for five years after his mom, Denise New, went through a rough divorce. On a visit to her house, they got in an argument. And he had accidentally forgotten to log out of his Facebook account. She went in, changed his password, and began posting status messages. “The only mistake I ever made was having a kid,” read one post. “Check this out _ I went to my mom’s and deliberately started an argument and called the police on her. She almost went to jail. How cool is that? Ha, ha, ha,” said another, about an incident where Hill had told police officers that his mom had hit him. She also posted lots of curse words. In a trial yesterday, both Lane and his mom testified. And in the end, the judge found Denise guilty of misdemeanor harassment. She was fined $435 and now has to take anger-management and parenting classes before she can have contact with her son again. And most people are just worried about their mom friending them. [Newser] Keep reading »
After my interview with dating coach, matchmaker, and Have Him At Hello author Rachel Greenwald, I was totally pumped to test out some of the tips she gave. Specifically, what Rachel calls “I Spy a Facebook Guy.” The dating game? Give yourself some time each day to cruise around your friends’ Facebook pages and find 50 guys that you think are interesting. Then scope out their profiles and write them a message.
OK, confession: I logged onto Facebook the following day, went through one friend’s 431 friends, found one cute guy, and chickened out of writing him. I couldn’t even tell if he was single or not. Besides, I felt like a weird, desperate stalker. Not my style at all. Maybe I lack the necessary cajones to find love on Facebook. I logged off, dejected. But quitting is not my style either. So, I came up with an alternative plan that felt a little more “me.” Keep reading »
Before Facebook, before Twitter, and before camera phones, high school girls were forced to deal with antiquated ways of showing off their prom dress before the big night. Images were cut out of magazines, photos were developed, and friends would come over to see the dress of choice. These days, with the speed of the internet, information is immediate. A few clever girls created a Facebook group, Don’t Steal My Prom Dress, which allows users to upload images of their chosen gown so that everyone knows they’ve laid claim to that specific piece. Now, high schools all over have their own versions of the group, and girls are getting catty. Though comments are generally positive and the Like button is a well-used function, if you happen to buy the same dress as another girl in your high school, you better run to the mall to return it. [NY Times] Keep reading »
One would think that becoming engaged would make a woman happy, right? Well, if status updates on Facebook are any indication — and at least two research scientists say they are — that theory is all wrong. Cameron Marlow and D.J. Patil spend their days tracking trends on Facebook where the roughly 400 million users give them a totally unprecedented insight into human behavior. Together, they study what Facebook calls the “Gross National Happiness Index,” an application “that measures the positive and negative sentiments expressed in status posts,” and what they’ve found, especially when it comes to how relationships affect us, may surprise many people. Keep reading »