The seemingly diverse and random things we like on Facebook, from hard rock bands to politicians to “napping,” might be giving away a lot more information about us than we realize. Researchers at Cambridge University were able to accurately predict people’s gender, race, sexual orientation, and age based on Facebook likes alone. Some of the findings are kind of obvious–people who like Barack Obama are usually liberal? You don’t say!–but other findings are much more interesting. Check out a few choice tidbits after the jump! Keep reading »
Women, we are difficult, fickle creatures. In our tabloids we body shame famous ladies, and in our magazines we gawk at every slim model body demonstrating the latest fashion trends. But when it comes to advertising? We don’t want skinny models or famous women. A new study from the Warwick Business School found that women are actually turned off by advertising featuring products set alongside models and celebrities.
That’s because, say researchers, skinny minnies and beautiful celebrities make us feel bad about ourselves.
Duh. Keep reading »
Science! It’s pretty crazy, right? Like how about this guy who John Millward, who devoted countless hours to a new study on finding the perfect porn star. That’s right: Millward’s study “Deep Inside” (hahahah you so funny) studied more than 10,000 porn stars and their careers in order to come up with the “ideal” porn star.
Millward went through every listing in the Adult Film Database to attempt to suss out patterns and preferences among porn stars. “I was able to scrutinize adult performers in a way no man, despite regular attempts to do so, had ever managed before, and find out once and for all which stereotypes about porn stars are true, which are bogus, and what these men and women have been doing for the last forty years,” said Millward.
What did he find? Keep reading »
What do Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, 2Pac, Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston all have in common? They were solo artists who died prematurely. According to a study published in the BMJ Open Journal, solo performers were almost twice as likely to die young as compared to those who were in a band. Keep reading »
Brigham Young University has delivered a questionable study about the effects of having sex early on in a relationship. The study asked 11,000 unmarried people in steady or serious relationships to rate their relationships in the areas of satisfaction, communication and stability. Those couples who had sex within the first few weeks of dating rated lower than those who waited longer to get it on.
“The eventual mismatch between individual sexual expectations and actual rewards may undermine healthy couple formation processes,” theorized the researchers.
But wait! Before you impose a mandatory, three-week abstinence period, how soon you have sex might not make all that much of difference after all. Keep reading »
Friends with benefits often get a bum rap. But I am happy to report that they are acing it in the condom department. An online survey, the results of which were published in the Journal of Sex Research, found that FWBs are the most likely to use condoms during sex. Of the 376 mostly twentysomethings who were questioned, about half said they were involved in a FWB situation. On the downside, the FWBers reported being less sexually satisfied and less able to discuss their sexual desires with their partners. No surprise there. Keep reading »
Last year, we did a “Best And Worst Careers For Love” survey which highlighted, among other things, that the five worst careers when it comes to finding love are: journalism (ha), business ownership, healthcare, real estate and law. This isn’t terribly surprising given the long hours of these careers, and how long it takes to ascend to the top in all of them.
But according to a new survey from eHarmony, maybe if these work addicts went for the opposite type of profession when it came to scoping out a potential love interest, they’d be happier. In honor of Labor Day, the online dating site looked at communication trends between their users to find out how they were influenced by people’s careers. It turns out that what you do for a living has a big influence on who you hit up online in your off-hours. Here are just a few of the tidbits they found:
1. Female business executives have the highest rate of communication with men who are barbers or hair stylists. Wait … really? I don’t see those two professions dating in real life too much. Maybe the businesswomen need hairstyle advice? Read more…
Bad news for the well manicured: If the cosmetics you slather yourself with contain phthalates, you may be more likely to get type 2 diabetes. A new study finds a link between the man-made chemicals—which can mimic human hormones and are found in everything from nail polish to shampoo to hairspray—and the disease. Women ages 20 to 80 were studied, and those whose urine contained the highest concentration of the chemicals were almost twice as likely to have diabetes as those with the lowest concentrations. Read more …