Posts tagged "studies"

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

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…

Claire Hannum / March 16, 2014

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 thing…

Ami Angelowicz / February 23, 2014

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 joi…

Ami Angelowicz / February 22, 2014

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 tha…

Ami Angelowicz / February 19, 2014

Science Says Porn Addiction Is A Bunch Of Cockamamie

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…

Ami Angelowicz / February 15, 2014

Study: Setting People Up Makes The Matchmaker Feel Good

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.

Claire Hannum / February 12, 2014

Study: Yes, Height Makes A Difference In Dating

A study by Rice University and the University of North Texas has found that for lots of us, height does matter when it comes to choosing a partner.

Researchers set out to learn more about height preferences in the heterosexual dating world by conducting a study split into two parts. The first part compiled data…

Claire Hannum / February 11, 2014

The Dessert Dilemma: Bad For You, Good For Your Family

I’m heavily focused on dessert right now because the chocolate-addicted part of me needed to go on a refined sugar cleanse. It’s been 24 days and yes, I have been having involved dreams about eating massive bowls of ice cream. Any way you spin it, in real life, eating an entire pint of Ben &am…

Ami Angelowicz / January 26, 2014

Breaking News: Men Are Going To Bars And Talking About Feelings

Apparently, we’ve totally misjudged what dudes do when they go to the bar. Watch sports? Sit in virtual silence with each other? Get shitcanned? Come home and vomit in the sink? Nope. Well, maybe sometimes. But in addition to that a new study done in Scotland found that men like to go the bar for…

Ami Angelowicz / January 17, 2014

What Falling In Love Really Feels Like

According to a new study to be published in the Journal of Neurophysiology, scientists found that falling in love feels exactly like scratching an itch — at least, as far as our brains are concerned.

Ami Angelowicz / January 10, 2014

Why Having A Gay Best Friend Is Mandatory

According to a recent study published in Evolutionary Psycholgy, having a gay best friend is essential, not just because you need someone to talk about “I Am Britney Jean” and penises with, but because the friendship serves a “biologically adaptive function.” Researchers at Texas Christian University found the straight woman/gay man friendship to be the…

Ami Angelowicz / January 2, 2014

This Feelings Map Explains So Much

The feelings map you see above is a visual representation of the findings from a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, which found that emotions influence our bodies in consistent, universal ways. Finnish researchers asked 701 participants in three countries to identify where they felt certain sensations while reading…

Ami Angelowicz / January 1, 2014

Dissimilar Boozing Habits May Lead To Divorce

Just in time for that bottle of Veuve Clicquot you and your spouse are planning to uncork on New Year’s Eve, a new study done at the University of Buffalo made some interesting discoveries about the effects of alcohol consumption on marriage.

Ami Angelowicz / December 29, 2013

The 4 Types Of Awkward Facebook Encounters

If you have a Facebook account (which is pretty much everyone but people over 90 and religious fundamentalists), then you are familiar with the awkward and uncomfortable feeling that occurs when the social media site betrays you. I was just reading today about a girl whose private messages from a college hookup were posted on

Ami Angelowicz / December 14, 2013

Beware The Boxer Short Effect

Most women don’t regularly find themselves compelled to touch a dirty pair of men’s underwear (I don’t even want to think about those unidentified streaks and neither do you!), but perhaps that’s for the best. A new study published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology found that touching “sexually laden stimuli” (read as: men’s boxers),…

Ami Angelowicz / December 10, 2013

Study: Fear Of Eternal Loneliness Makes Single People Settle For Crappy Relationships

You probably want to sit down for what I’m about to tell you because it’s going to blow the lid off everything you thought you knew about relationships. A new study done at the University of Toronto’s Department of Psychology discovered that fear of being single leads both men and women to settle for relationshi…

Ami Angelowicz / December 3, 2013

Study: Casual Sex Might Be Making Teenagers Sad

A new study from Ohio State University in the Journal of Sex Research suggests that casual teenage sex has a reciprocal relationship with poor mental health — and that they contribute to one another over time.

An important thing to note is that this link was found to be the same for both men and…

Claire Hannum / November 24, 2013

The 5 Different Categories Of Boredom (As Determined By Scientists)

Not many kids dream of growing up and spending their days studying the nuances of the most apathetic feeling known to the human race, yet, Thomas Goetz, a professor of empirical educational research at the University of Konstanz in Germany, found the subject of boredom at least marginally interesting enough to delve deeper into it.

Ami Angelowicz / November 23, 2013

Cuddling With A Stuffed Animal May Help Cure Your Depression (Seriously!)

Most of the “scientific studies” in the Daily Mail make me chuckle (new survey from a contact lens manufacturer says that 90% of people feel self-conscious about wearing glasses!) but this one — about low self-esteem, existential angst and stuffed animals — is worth serious consideration.

Ami Angelowicz / November 19, 2013

Getting It On In The Workplace? Here’s The #1 Spot For Office-Sex

One of my ultimate fantasies, besides having sex in a cab, which I will probably never fulfill, is having sex in the office. But since I work from home, tragically, I don’t think I’ll ever get to do that one either. There’s just something about the idea of it: the sexual tension between you and a co-worker,… / November 16, 2013
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