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Do we expect too much from marriage?

Respected relationship psychologist and scholar Eli J. Finkel found that, on average, marriage satisfaction has declined over time while the happiest ones have gotten even happier. Finkel attributes this peculiar gap to the post-1965 era of the "self-expressive marriage," or the kind of "you not only complete me, but also inspire me to be the very best me."

The Online Dating Report

Has online dating made it easier to meet people and find long-term romance? Cristen and Caroline trace the fascinating history of people using technology to find love, romance in the mobile dating app era and whether Tinder and Grindr are threatening monogamy.

Dating Science: America's First OK Cupid

Dating Science: Do Feminists Make for Better Girlfriends?

You know what's a fun topic to bring up on a first date with a guy? Feminism. Once you get hard-lined religious and political beliefs out of the way (preferably in the car, on the way to date destination or maybe during the appetizer if you must wait that long), I highly recommend you toss out a couple of Betty Friedan or bell hooks quotes, and see if the gent picks up on it and responds with an appropriate Simone de Beauvoir reference. Awkward silences -- not gonna happen, guaranteed.

Dating Science: Hot Dates Expect Free Dinner

7 Types of Friends With Benefits

Not all "friends with benefits" are created equally, research finds.

Are the holidays bad for relationships?

Although romantic holiday movies lead us to believe that it's the most wonderful time of the year to fall in love, it's actually the most common time of the year for breakups. Cristen and Caroline discuss how holidays tax relationships and single status alike and offer some insights into seasonal stress management.

Is Instagram "deep liking" the new Facebook flirting?

It's no big surprise then that feverish conversation about how romance plays out on Facebook, with earnest analyses on the significance of poking (just don't.), friending and relationship status-updating, has started to shift to other hipper social platforms. Over at Elle, for instance, Anna Deutsch proposed that Instagram flirting is the new new, and that hip guys forgo Facebook friending to instead scroll through women's personal photo collections and "deep like" as a sign of their affection -- or at the very least sexual intention...

Office Romance By the Numbers

When women entered the office in the 1870s, so did sex. By that time, barely 2,000 women had entered the office workplace, which was being gradually revolutionized, gender-wise, partially due to a Civil War-related "man drain." This was also when a company called E. Remington & Sons was looking to diversify its post-war product line away from rifles and got into the typewriter business. By 1900, the proportion of female stenographers or "typewriter girls" was 76.7 percent, as secretarial work was well on its way to becoming a "pink collar" profession.