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Is a relationship that’s quick to form quick to fall apart? "Chatting" via www.shutterstock.com

Are dating apps killing long-term relationships?

When it comes to dating, take Nietzsche's advice and have the big picture – finding a lifelong friend – in mind.
Researchers are divided about the nature of love, and whether it is universal or changeable. Shutterstock

What is this thing called love?

Researchers have tried for many years to understand the nature of romantic love. But it remains a mystery.
Films like Ex Machina explore the bounds of emotional interaction between human and machine. Universal Pictures

Deus sex machina: the ethics of robot love

There are possible emotional and social pitfalls to love and sex with robots, but does that mean we should ban them entirely?
He is in a wheelchair, she has multiple sclerosis, but their neighbours know Grzegorz and Magda as a loving couple. Flickr/Dominik Golenia/In sickness and in health

Love and disability: ‘inter-ability relationships’ conquer stereotypes

Our notions of what makes a person a desirable 'love interest' are often superficial and involve an element of deception. For someone with a severe disability, finding love is even more complicated
Those of a nervous disposition might be better off buying chocolates. Özgür Mülazımoğlu

Perfume could be the riskiest gift you’ll ever buy

When it comes to making careful plans to impress that significant other, certain things can seem like musts. Classy restaurant – check. Romantic atmosphere – check. Best suit or little black dress – check…
It’s time for lovers to exchange images of the organ really responsible for their emotions on Valentine’s Day. Emil Jeyaratnam/The Conversation

Darling, I love you … from the bottom of my brain

In William Shakespeare’s comedy Merchant of Venice, the play’s heroine Portia sings: Tell me where is fancy bred, Or in the heart or in the head. If you look at Valentine’s Day cards, it’s clear fancy…
Bits of the self have historically been an emotional aide memoire. Cristiana Gasparotto

Dear Valentine, take another little piece of my heart, or hair

As Valentine’s Day approaches, many of us will think about sharing a token of our affection. The ubiquitous card is often teamed with a staple of the season: chocolate, perfume or flowers. These gifts…

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