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Ex-Senator's 2 Great Loves: His Wife, and His Husband-to-Be

Harris Wofford found love again at 75

(Newser) - Here's one American love life with a heck of a second act: Harris Wofford, a former US senator from Pennsylvania, is about to get married at the age of 90 to a man he met after the death of his wife of 48 years. In a poignant New York ... More »

A Lot More Young Adults Are Into Online Dating Now

Of course, a big part of that is thanks to Tinder

(Newser) - If you think online dating is the realm of the olds, think again: A new Pew survey finds that the use of online dating, including mobile dating apps, among people aged 18 to 24 has increased nearly 300% since 2013, CNET reports. That demographic is the most likely to use... More »

How Reuniting With Your Lost Love Can Work

Those who pine for the 'one who got away' might consider pursuing again

(Newser) - Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla, who met more than 30 years before they finally tied the knot, have become the poster couple for passionate rekindled romances. Now Quartz is reporting on a handful of possible explanations as to why such a flame can burn brighter years later. In the '... More »

Stop 'Phubbing' Your Significant Other

'Phone snubbing' could be harming your love life: researchers

(Newser) - Cellphones may offer the ultimate communication convenience, but they could also be sabotaging our romantic relationships—via users who "phub" (phone snub) their partners, a new study finds. The study in the January 2016 issue of Computers in Human Behavior found that 46% of respondents reported feeling phubbed by... More »

Want to Show Some Emotion? Send an Email

New research says writing process may cause emotional arousal in sender

(Newser) - If you want to convey something affectionate or romantic and you can't do it in person, it may be better to send an email than leave a voicemail. So report researchers at Indiana University Bloomington in the journal Computers in Human Behavior after analyzing both the messages being sent... More »

Man Pens Love Note to Wife Every Day for 40 Years

The happy couple's advice: Put the phones down and focus on each other

(Newser) - Bill and Kirsten Bresnan are off to an early Valentine's Day start—they've been sharing holiday-themed cards since Feb. 1. But that's not even close to the whole story. Bill has penned a love note to his wife nearly every day since 1974. Bresnan tells the Asbury ... More »

To Win Over 60% of Ladies, Charm Mom First

Survey finds 4 in 10 young women might even break up with guy mom doesn't like

(Newser) - Guys, if you want to get the girl, try bringing flowers—to her mother. With Valentine's Day coming up, it's something to think about: Winning over Mom may sound old-fashioned, but it's still a smart strategy in today's fast-changing, app-tapping, hookup-happy world of dating. In a... More »

Jealous Men Focus on Sex, Jealous Women on Feelings

Giant study looks at gender, sexuality differences on cheating

(Newser) - Ask a heterosexual man and woman about their reactions to their partners cheating, and you'd likely get two very different answers. That's according to a huge study on jealousy among people of different sexes and sexualities. Researchers at Chapman University polled some 64,000 people on how they'... More »

First Date Ends With Man Dead, Woman in Hospital

Alcohol, and a whole lot of crazy, was involved

(Newser) - There are infinite reasons to not go on a second date, but this tale of romance gone awry contains every single one of them: It seems that 53-year-old Leon Shaw of Washington state and his unnamed 47-year-old date went to a house party. Great. Alcohol was consumed. No problem. Enough... More »

A First: Majority of Americans Are Single

124.6M haven't gotten hitched

(Newser) - On your own? You're in good company. Just north of half of Americans over the age of 16—50.2% of them, or 124.6 million, to be specific—are single, the Bureau of Labor Statistics finds. It's the first time a majority have been single since such... More »

Kids Fight Over Marriage of Newlyweds, 95 and 96

Daughter challenging union based on inheritance concerns

(Newser) - Edith Hill, 96, and Eddie Harrison, 95, are thrilled to have found each other. "He touched my heart. I fell in love with him," Hill told WJLA in July. The Virginia pair met 10 years ago while buying lottery tickets—splitting a $2,500 winner—and married earlier... More »

Want a Happy Marriage? Have a Big Wedding, Says Study

Researchers find a correlation; it also helps to have few prior sexual partners

(Newser) - To boost your odds of a lasting marriage, you might want to extend the list of wedding invitations. Why? Perhaps because when a lot of people see you making your commitment, you're more likely to work to keep it, say researchers. Their new study finds that couples who had... More »

Women Like Men Who've Had a Partner or 2

More than those who've had zero: study

(Newser) - Men, want to land a girlfriend? Well, first you may need to ... land a girlfriend. Or two. A new study out of Australia finds that women are more likely to find a man desirable if he's already had one or two partners, the country's ABC News reports. "... More »

What It's Like to Date in a Religion of Just 1M

Conventions, Google chats pave way to marriage

(Newser) - When there are only one million followers of your religion on the planet, it can be a little hard to meet people—especially when that religion requires marrying another Druze if one's children are to be members of the faith. The Arab religion developed about 1,000 years ago,... More »

Guys Just Can't Do Sexy Voices

But it's easy for women: study

(Newser) - The ability to make one's voice sound hot is, apparently, limited to women. At least that's what a new study finds: Researchers in Pennsylvania asked women to "speak as if they were trying to impress someone with whom they were romantically interested." The subjects did it... More »

Happy Couples Sleep Very, Very Close Together

As in, less than an inch apart: study

(Newser) - It may be better for your health to sleep in a separate bed than your partner—but a new study finds that the happiest couples are those who sleep close together. Very close together, as in less than an inch apart. A survey of 1,000 people found that those... More »

Study: Women Like Men Who Dance Like This

Researchers offer guide for guys

(Newser) - In what is certain to be the year's most important study, researchers in Europe are instructing men on the best dance moves to win over women. The key seems to be moving one's head, neck, and torso a lot. In order to figure this out, researchers had to... More »

Commuting Could Destroy Your Marriage

Longer rides linked to higher break-up risk: study

(Newser) - If it takes you or your partner 45 minutes or more to get to work, treat your marriage with care: It's 40% more likely to fall apart, according to Swedish researchers whose nationwide study looked at couples from 1995 to 2005. You may, however, have less to worry about... More »

Treat Your Marriage Like Software Code

Says David Auerbach, a married software engineer

(Newser) - No software code is free of bugs, and no marriage is free of hitches. Fortunately, in both cases, those issues can be addressed—using techniques that are surprisingly similar, writes David Auerbach at Slate . He should know: He's a software engineer, and so is his wife. A few of... More »

Guys, You're 12% Hotter in a Plain White T

And it's particularly effective for the less fit

(Newser) - Note to guys re: looking good: Keep it simple, with a secret weapon. A plain white T-shirt can make a man some 12% more attractive to women, and it actually appears to work better for men who are less shapely, scientists find. Such shirts make the shoulders look broader and... More »

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