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You Aren’t Imagining It: Study Finds That Seeing Happy Couples In Ads Makes You Depressed

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New research from the University of Southern California found that, shocker, looking at images of happy couples when you’re single makes you feel crappy. Advertisers love to rely on the “lovey dovey” trope to sell things, assuming that people who aren’t in a happy relationship will see the product as the key to attaining kind of life they want (“aspirational”).

Instead, just the opposite happens: consumers think they aren’t worthy of the brand. What researchers refer to as single consumers’ perceived deservingness drops with each ad they see of a relationship they don’t have. The popular stereotype is that when people feel bad about themselves, they turn to retail therapy. Instead, they actually stay away from nice stuff. If they do indulge while in their funk, the things they buy usually are lower-end or, in the case of food, low-calorie. Keep reading »

New Survey Says You’re Never Too Old To Pop Bubble Wrap

In honor of the new children’s TV show, Zack & Quack, Nick Jr. UK polled 2,000 adults to find out their thoughts on remaining childlike even though they are technically adults. There’s no mention of what age qualifies you as a grownup although they do say that your ” imagination and ability to see things with a child-like eye dwindles by the age of 26.” How old that sentence just made me feel.

While many of the “adults” polled considered themselves “a big kid at heart” and valued the importance of remaining imaginative blah, blah, blah, the fun part of the survey was where they shared all the youthful urges they continue to engage in. I’m sure you’re not surprised to find out that popping bubble wrap was number one on the list of 50. In my opinion, popping bubble wrap has more to do with control and satisfaction than being in touch with your inner child. It’s just necessary. After the jump, the full list of childlike behaviors “adults” love to indulge in. You know, just so you can track your progress at  this whole growing up business. According to this list, my inner age is about 8. Keep reading »

Depressed? Blame It On Your Cat

I’ve never liked cats. I know this is an unpopular point of view, but the heart wants what the heart wants. And this heart wants everything of the feline persuasion to stay away from her. It’s the allergies, but also, I just don’t like the way they look at me. Should you want to join me in the pursuit of catless-ness, you might be interested to know that new research published in the PLOS ONE journal discovered a link between cat bites and depression. Keep reading »

Finally! Science Explains Why You Can’t Ever Remember Your Dreams

As a dream analysis enthusiast, I’ve shared my tips for recalling your nightly adventures more easily. While I still think a few simple tricks can help you remember your dreams more often and in more detail, it turns out that there is a scientific reason why some of us remember our dreams more regularly than others. In a study published in the journal Cerebral Cortex, researchers studied the brain patterns of “high dream recallers” and “low dream recallers” and found that the “high dream recallers”showed stronger brain activity, both while awake and while asleep, in the part of the brain responsible for attending to external stimuli. Keep reading »

Science Says Porn Addiction Is A Bunch Of Cockamamie

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According to a piece published in Springer’s journal Current Sexual Health Reports, clinical psychologist Dr. Ley would like to remind us all that there’s no strong scientific research that proves “porn addiction” actually exists and that slapping a label on the healthy practice of wanking to visuals is counterintuitive to helping patients who struggle with doing it too often. In fact, Ley believes that the positive benefits of looking at porn far outweigh the negative. He sites that, when used in a healthy way, porn improves attitudes about sexuality, increases pleasure in long-term relationships and provides a legal outlet for illegal sexual behaviors or desires. Keep reading »

Study: Setting People Up Makes The Matchmaker Feel Good

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A new series of studies has found that matchmaking brings a whole lot of happiness — but not necessarily to the couple. Rather, the matchmaker herself enjoys the greatest benefits of bringing others together.

We knew there was a method to the “Millionaire Matchmaker”‘s madness. Keep reading »

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