Monthly Archives: December 2011

Why Matchmaking Makes Us Happy

You know the type of book that your library would like someone to take home and never return? I picked a little gem this way recently called How to Find the Love of Your Life: 90 Days to a Permanent Relationship, and was charmed to see that it contained this nugget:

Big Fat Liars: Less Attractive People Have More Deceptive Online Dating Profiles

Several years ago I was chatting on an online dating site with a man who claimed to have a graduate degree. When I asked him what his degree was he revealed that in reality he had spent six years in community college repeatedly starting, but failing to complete, programs. His comment was, “I could have [...]

Is Playboy Magazine Responsible for Divorce?

Here is a post for commenters who like to write, “Repeat after me people, correlation does not imply causality!” whenever they read an empirical result they do not want to believe is true.

Looking For New Love Online is a Major Cause of Divorce – BUSTED

Do a quick online search for the term “What causes divorce” and you will be greeted with a myriad of sites claiming to have the answer. A popular claim is that online dating and social networking sites are major contributors to infidelity and divorce. A new economics paper presents some very compelling evidence that it [...]

When Bad Sex Work Drives out the Good

I was on train last Sunday night traveling through Brussels when my 12-year-old son looked out the window and excitedly proclaimed, “They have a red light district!” He was right; the street runniAdd Newng parallel to the train tracks was lined with women in their Christmas-box windows beckoning travelers off the train to come and [...]

More Sex is Safe Sex – The High School Edition Part II

Promiscuity in US high schools is at a twenty year low and teen birth rates have fallen by over one third from 1991 through to 2009. So why is it if teens are sexually active at lower frequencies, and appear to be taking more precautions, that 50% of new STI infections last year were in [...]

Is your boss paying for it?

A new study explores whether you can pay an employee to be sexually harassed.