Today, meeting a romantic partner through an online service is commonplace. In fact, a recent survey showed that 1 in 5 couples that have married in the last three years met each other through an online dating site. What is even more amazing is that twice as many married couples met online than in bars, at clubs, or at other social events – combined.
The reason is simple – it works.
Today, online dating has become a huge, highly developed industry. If you haven't tried it recently, you might be in for quite a surprise at how sophisticated and effective certain online dating services have now become.
And one company in particular, Match.com has grown to become the pre-eminant online dating service.
So, why are so many intelligent, successful singles meeting other great singles online today?
Firstly, online dating lets you get to know the basics about someone before deciding if you want to invest any time in them. And, studies have proven that communicating online before meeting someone face-to-face significantly reduces the stress involved in your first meeting, leading to more great first dates.
The online dating process also lets people spot potential red flags before they set up a date. It sure beats getting involved with someone and then discovering something that’s a real deal-breaker for you.
And, contrary to what some may think, research has also shown that people are generally honest about themselves online. Most people know they will have to expose themselves at some point, so they choose to be honest, rather than disingenuous, when creating their online profiles.
Industry leader Match.com, which was launched in 1995, specializes in creating romantic opportunities so that singles are more likely to find someone special. Over the years, they’ve continued to refine their tools in order to take the lottery out of love.
You’d think everyone would have a better grasp on sex and desire, especially considering the important roles these two things play in our lives.
When you were younger, you probably believed a handful of humorous and strange things about sex — like the notion that you could lose your virginity if you inserted a tampon, or that masturbation causes blindness and hair to grow on your hands. Or that you can’t get pregnant while you’re breastfeeding your baby. Or (our favorite), that sex, as it’s portrayed on television and in the movies, actually imitates real life sex. As you grow older, you realize that the majority of these kinds of sex myths aren’t true and you can’t be fooled nearly as easily.
From reducing migraine pain to lowering the risk of prostate cancer, this pleasurable exercise has many far-reaching health benefits.
While most of us would agree that having sex makes us happy, a new study has suggested that the pleasurable exercise could actually offer various far-reaching health benefits -- reduced migraine pain, lower risk of prostate cancer besides providing emotional well-being.Having more sex could not only make us feel good, it could provide far-reaching health benefits.
According to the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles, unfortunately we are having less of it -- on average we have sex fewer than five times a month, compared to six-and-half times 20 years ago. Yet studies have linked regular sexual activity to emotional well-being, reduced migraine pain and even a lower risk of prostate cancer, Daily Mail reported.
A Canadian study last month found that half-an-hour of sexual activity could burn more calories than walking on a treadmill -- the researchers claimed sexual activity could be considered significant exercise.
The study measured the sexual activity of 21 couples aged between 18 and 35. They were monitored using an armband to calculate how many calories the wearer burned, and the intensity of the activity.
In a typical session, lasting 25 minutes, the men were observed as burning 100 calories on average, the women burned 69. The intensity of the activity was measured in METs (the Metabolic Equivalent of a Task); for men, the average reading was six METs, for women it was 6.6.
It's roughly the same as playing doubles tennis, or walking uphill, for 20 minutes, 33 minutes of golf on a driving range, 40 minutes of yoga or 19 minutes of light rowing.
According to the Canadian research, it can be classed as a moderate intensity exercise if you do enough of it.
Meanwhile, it is not just the heart and lungs that get a workout. Last week, scientists at the University of Maryland in the US found middle-aged rats made more brain cells after mating.
Some countries have spectacular natural scenery, others have amazing historical attractions - and some simply have the sexiest inhabitants.
A new study has revealed which are the sexiest countries in the world, based on the perceptions of men and women.
And Great Britain comes out in the top 10 for both men and women - although it helps that the respondents were American.
Down Under: While men voted Brazil their sexiest country, women opted for Australia, know for its attractive surfer types
According to the travel dating website MissTravel.com, the sexiest nation in the world for men is - unsurprisingly - our World Cup hosts Brazil, but women prefer Australia when it comes to choosing the world's sexiest men.
Great Britain is voted fourth-sexiest country in the world for men, with English people listed as third sexiest by women, followed by the Scottish in fourth place.
However, the US doesn't feature so well. While American women rank US men as the sixth sexiest in the world, American men don't include their compatriots anywhere on their top 10 list.
SEXIEST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD ACCORDING TO WOMEN
SEXIEST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MEN
Latin countries dominate the top three for men, with Colombia taking thirs place, just behind Russia in second, while Brazil comes out on top.
However, women ranked Italy as the second sexiest country behind Australia, followed by England.
Brandon Wade, Founder & CEO of the controversial website MissTravel.com - which teams beautiful women with men who are willing to pay for their travel - said: 'Many American men want something more exotic in their lives.
Best of British: Both men and women voted the UK into their top five sexiest countries
'While the ‘girl next door type’ may be exotic to other cultures, American men prefer a foreign beauty.'
Men were asked to rank the qualities that contributed to attractiveness when travel dating. 'Accent' and 'body type' ranked the highest, coming in at 44 and 31 per cent respectively.
Women equally ranked accent and appearance in their choices.
Best of British: Both men and women voted the UK into their top five sexiest countries
Mr Wade explained: 'Last year British men were chosen as the winners of our survey, this year it is Australia. It seems that American women are drawn to a distinct type of man. This man is handsome, sophisticated and the accent doesn’t hurt.'
The latest study comes just days after Brazil's Ipanema Beach was voted the sexiest in the world, followed by Tulum, on Mexico's Caribbean coast and Crane Beach in Barbados.
Are YOU headed to one of the sexiest places on Earth this summer?
Get a little frisky between the sheets
Perhaps the sexiest health news ever: regular orgasms provide remarkable physical benefits. People who have more frequent sex have lower blood pressure, half the risk of fatal heart attacks, sounder sleep, less pain, and better immunity. No surprise: their marriages benefit too. And remember, getting hot and heavy can burn lots of calories.
Double your pleasure
When you are not in bed, spend the weekend hanging out with your partner. According to a just-published study in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, people who spent Friday evening to Sunday afternoon leisurely with loved ones experienced better moods, greater vitality, and fewer aches and pains. Schedule a recreation that's new to both of you-whether learning to play tennis or attending a modern dance performance. Novel experiences stimulate brain growth.
Dance with your star
Take some lessons with your spouse. Points out Dilshad Patel, dance/movement therapist and wellness consultant, Mumbai, "Dancing is a form of non-verbal communication that bonds two people at a deeper level. We have an innate ability to express emotion and thoughts through the body." Dancing can be a good workout and fun. It also enhances physical, spacial, social and emotional awareness. "When words fall short, the movement says it all," Patel adds. She has seen couples come closer by dancing together. One couple who had not given themselves any fun time together salvaged their chemistry through dance. "When they started, I could see their bodies were not synchronised. Through practice not only did their dancing skills improve but their communication became stronger," says Patel.
Double your pleasure
Enlist your couple friends to join the venture. Having your friends involved will both add to the fun and enhance your commitment to learning the steps.
A research has confirmed what women have for long been claiming -- they are more moral than men.
The study, based on a survey which measured responses to questions about honesty, found women to be more moral than men, with those over 30 years having the strongest values, the 'Daily Mail' reported.
The study, by a leading philosopher, also showed that females are more likely to make decisions based on how they impact on others.
In fact, Prof Roger Steare has based his conclusions on a "Moral DNA test" which he developed four years ago to measure both a person's morality and changes in their value systems when they enter the workplace.
Since then 60,000 volunteers have taken the questionnaire in more than 200 countries, ranging from chief executives to manual workers and housewives.
Those taking the test are asked to rate a series of statements about their personal and work life -- for example, whether their colleagues or family would say they were "honest" or "competent".
They then have to evaluate assertions about themselves, such as "I always honour people's trust in me" and "I am good at exercising self-control". Those taking part then receive a report naming them as one of six personality types: Judge, Philosopher, Angel, Teacher, Enforcer or Guardian.
Professor Steare said: "Women prefer to make their decisions based on how it impacts others -- which tends to produce better decisions -- while men have a more individual approach and are more self-interested.
"What this shows is that when it comes to work men have to grow up, put their ego to one side and show some humility and compassion -- qualities they all too often have in their personal lives but put to one side when they walk into office.
"What stood out from the answers was that obedience decreased with age, while reason increased -- a logical occurrence as we make the transition from youth to experience. Interestingly the crossover point occurs around our mid- thirties, which is when we mature as adults."
Revealed! The secret of why Diets don’t work
IF YOU are on a diet and are frustrated that it is not working well, here is some food for thought. The reason behind difficulty in sticking to a diet plan may lie in strange behaviour of brain cells that regulate appetite, latest research has revealed.
"When we don’t eat, hunger-inducing neurons in the brain start eating bits of themselves. This act of self-cannibalism turns up a hunger signal to prompt eating,” says research to be published in the August issue of journal Cell Metabolism.
The process uncovered by scientists in neurons of the brain’s hypothalamus region is known as autophagy or self-eating. It occurs in other parts of the body as a way of providing energy in times of starvation but scientists so far had believed the brain to be relatively resistant to starvation-induced autophagy.
The new finding means that it may be possible in future to develop a drug that blocks this process, enabling people to diet as they wish.
Self-eating generates free fatty acids in brain cells called agouti-related peptide.
These fatty acids in turn boost levels of these neurons which are a hunger signal themselves, explained Dr Rajat Singh, an Indiaborn and educated scientist who led the research team at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. When the process of self- eating is blocked in the neurons, their levels fail to rise in response to starvation.
“ We have shown that starvation activates autophagy in hypothalamic neurons. This process breaks down fat stores in brain cells, liberating free fatty acids. The increased availability of free fatty acids inside these brain cells increases levels of a hunger- generating molecule, agouti-related peptide,” Singh said.
The findings were tested in transgenic mice engineered to lack hypothalamic neurons.
These transgenic mice ate less food in response to a fasting challenge, and were leaner with less abdominal fat when compared to mice with functional autophagy.
"Decreased body weights of transgenic mice occurred in part from decreased food intake, and in part from increased physical activity,” Singh explained.
Chronic overeating contributes to obesity, and its typical effects like diabetes.
"We found that blocking autophagy in agouti- related peptide neurons decreases the amount of food consumed, as well as increases physical activity — all of which contribute to preventing obesity and inappropriate fat accumulation in the body,” Singh said.