The pandemic has left holes in all our lives.
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Even those of us spared the worst of COVID-19 are missing our favorite pastimes, places and people. But pleasure can also take unexpected new forms in a pandemic.
Let’s not get ahead of ourselves…
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It doesn't matter how smooth your conversations have been. Absent the touch, taste and smell of a potential partner, you're essentially flying blind.
A researcher in a spacesuit on “Mars” outside the Mars Society Desert Research Station in Utah.
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Understanding isolation's effects on regular people, rather than those certified to have 'the right stuff,' will help prepare us for the future, whether another pandemic or interplanetary space travel.
Partners who feel connected to one another may experience health benefits.
A study found the emotional dynamic between young heterosexual partners can have a measurable physiological effect on men, but not on women.
Take a note from older couples who know how to do it right.
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Cooped up with a partner and nowhere to go to break it up? Coronavirus social distancing... or another day in retirement? Research on older couples holds tips for everyone else on how to deal.
For a start, there are four behaviours you want to avoid.
For immigrants like Juana, from El Salvador, migration – not coronavirus – is the main cause of separation from family. Norwalk, Connecticut, March 25, 2020.
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What international families can teach the rest of us about sustaining long-distance relationships.
The evolution of the strong human bond.
Pay attention to scientist-driven recommendations. There is no evidence that kissing through a mask — as depicted in this image— is a safe practice. Now is a good time to exercise your imagination and practise a different kind of safe sex.
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, sexual activity may pose risks of transmission. A sex researcher shares information on how sex relates to the current pandemic, and how to prevent transmission.
Both men and women are, on average, more dissatisfied with their relationship when she is the primary breadwinner.
Even if all the necessary precautions are taken, reminders of your ex can still crop up and catch your eye.
Facebook's algorithms are designed to encourage reminiscence and reconnection. But in the wake of a breakup, we don't always want those things.
A recent study uncovered a variety of surprising ways that people used Tinder in their lives.
Tinder was developed as a dating app, but research has found that some find it useful for promotional campaigns and artistic purposes.
Many study participants reported they had smelled an absent partner’s clothing because it made them feel relaxed or secure.
Smelling a romantic partner's clothing is common behaviour, and research shows that it may improve sleep quality, and ease stress levels.
With over 100 issues, ‘Young Love’ was one of the longest running romance comics series.
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During the 'love glut,' roughly 1 in 5 of all comic books were romance comics, as publishers scrambled to appease readers' appetites for scandalous storylines.
There’s a little work involved in happily ever after.
After the intensity of early courtship, even a healthy, happy relationship can feel lackluster. Psychology researchers have ideas for what can help you perk up your relationship rather than give up.
Research suggests that couples who exercise together, stay together.
In addition to its health and fitness benefits, exercise can also give your relationship a boost – especially if you exercise together.
Facing up to phone interruptions.
Your partner’s intentions might be good, but the outcome often isn’t.
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Your partner might think they're providing valuable encouragement, but a new study shows how it can backfire.
Is this a new and better way for modern couples to live? Here's what the research says.
Some researchers believe atheists are disliked because people link their lack of belief to an overall lack of values.
Many Americans have a distrust of atheists. A group of researchers found that some of the distrust relates to beliefs about atheists' family values.