Women need a reason to have sex. Men just need a place.
These highly researched and extremely factual charts come from OkTrends, a facet of the dating site OkCupid. These findings might not land in Psychology Today anytime soon, but they’re pretty entertaining:
We found this by crossing the match questions Do you like to exercise? and Is it difficult for you to have an orgasm?, and, as you can see, women who don’t like working out report twice the orgasm problems of women who do. Continue reading
An interesting study out of Johns Hopkins takes a look at the link between psychological/social development and sexual pleasure. The study found that young men and women who are psychologically healthier — people with higher self-esteem, autonomy and empathy — consistently took greater pleasure in sex.
So if you have a healthy enjoyment of sex, thank your parents (or whoever raised you) for doing a good job giving you a bit of self-esteem, independence, and empathy.
Here’s the full article:
Sexual pleasure among young adults (ages 18-26) is linked to healthy psychological and social development, according to a new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The study is the first to use a representative population sample of heterosexuals to find a relationship between key developmental assets and sexual pleasure. The findings are published in the June 2011 issue of The Journal of Adolescent Health.
The research study examined data from 3,237 respondents ages 18 to 26 from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, Wave III: 2001-2002. “Sexual health is more than the absence of sexually-transmitted infection, unintended pregnancy, violence or other problems. It is the presence of sexual well-being,” said Adena Galinsky, PhD, co-author of the study and a doctoral student with Bloomberg School’s Center for Adolescent Health. Galinsky, currently a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Chicago, conducted the study along with Freya Sonenstein, PhD, professor and director of the Center for Adolescent Health. Continue reading
It appears I am at a point in my life when I must once again enter the dating world. I had really hoped I would never have to date again. Not that I’ve ever really “dated” before. I guess I was hoping to skip the whole experience altogether.
Here’s what I am and am not looking forward to…
Awesome: The excitement of possibility
Sucky: Feeling like you’ll never meet anyone who’s a match for you
Awesome: First kisses
Sucky: The awkward goodbye hug / handshake / whatever at the end of a date gone wrong Continue reading
A new study takes a look at who is more likely to say “I love you” first in a heterosexual relationship and what that could mean. It doesn’t surprise me that the study found that in two thirds of relationships, the man said it first.
Women, in my experience, don’t like to lay their hearts out on the line and risk seeming clingy unless they know their sentiments will be reciprocated.
In my last relationship, I thought I said ”I love you” first, but then my boyfriend kindly pointed out to me that he had actually told me he loved me twice before that — the first time the phone cut out, and the second time I just flat wasn’t listening to him and started talking about something else.
Here’s what the article had to say:
Women, being from Venus, have a reputation for being the first to spring “I love you” in romantic relationships.
But men actually are more likely to utter those three loaded little words first, and men admit thinking about confessing love six weeks earlier than their female partners, according to an article to be published in the June issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Continue reading
I was surprised by some of the stats, all of which should, of course, be taken with a grain of salt:
OkTrends, the site that compiles data from the dating site OkCupid and culls it into handy little graphs and charts for easy digestion, has finally focused on what we really want to know–how other people feel about sex. Continue reading
I know there are a lot of good reasons to live with your parents after you’ve started referring to yourself as an adult. I’m living a few of those reasons right now. And don’t get me wrong – I am eternally grateful to my parents for taking me in, feeding me and not charging me a dime in rent.
But there are several reasons why it is just no good to live with your parents for an extended period of time after entering adulthood. Here are five of the biggies in no particular order:
1. Late Nights
No matter how old you are or how long you’ve lived on your own in the past, parents will always worry if you stay out late. So the options of the adult living at home are a) don’t go out, b) be a punk and don’t call, or c) suffer the embarrassment of calling your parents to check in while out with friends or a date. This may not be the most embarrassing thing ever, but it certainly can cramp one’s style.
Trying to have it with someone. Trying to have it with yourself. Hearing your parents having it. All bad things. Continue reading
Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Robot Chicken, and Children’s Hospital are all pretty genius.
It really is better to have loved and lost.
Pleasure and pain go hand in hand – you can’t have one without the other. The people who have suffered the most pain are usually the people who’ve felt the most joy.
Finishing a great book is one of the thoroughly gratifying experiences in life.
Museum trips should be mandatory for everyone.
I love this story so much. Students at Salford University in Manchester, England have created a mobile app aimed at providing young men who are too embarrassed to ask or don’t have ready access with the sexual education information they need to make healthy, informed decisions about their sexual health.
We have such an amazing plethora of information today. Did you know the amount of data generated from the dawn of time until 2003 is now generated every two days? Every two days!
People from virtually every field are trying to figure out what to do with all of this information — how it can help us, how we can profit from it, how it can protect us, how it can connect us.
I think this sex ed app and others like it are a brilliant combination of information technology and social progress. Informed people are smarter people, wiser people.
Information is power. Let’s give it out like candy.
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