It seems like every day there's a new form of online dating. No matter what type of relationship you're looking for — from the forever kind to the friends with benefits kind — there's an app for that! I've been hearing my girlfriends discuss their wins and losses with a variety of online dating phone apps, and now I want to hear from you. I'm breaking down the newest means of tech-based courtship; weigh in on whether you've had good or back luck with them.
- 6 last-minute Memorial Day weekend getaways for you and your partner — YourTango
- You don't have to go to every wedding you're invited to — The Frisky
- Shirtless men: the next big thing in advertising? — HuffPost Women
- Strange but true sex laws around the world — Cosmopolitan
- 10 things every girl should know about dating by 21 — HowAboutWe
- What advice would you give yourself as a new graduate? — The Jane Dough
- Study finds iodine deficiency while pregnant can hurt baby's IQ — Newser
- Find out why this bar has hanging bras — HelloGiggles
- The 6 worst pieces of sex advice on the Internet — Cracked
Facebook has changed the way you plan your wedding. Here are five common social mishaps and how to avoid them from the moment you say "yes."
1. Someone in your family found out on Facebook.
As soon as you change your status (woot!), there's a family member or friend who's mad they didn't get the announcement via phone.
Our advice: Before you officially change your Facebook status, call your immediate family and closest friends with the news. Other friends and not-so-close relatives might appreciate a heartfelt email with the good news and your engagement story.
Related: 10 worst real wedding nightmares
2. A so-called friend left a snarky comment on your Facebook wall about your ring photos.
Those ring photos that you posted in post engagement bliss? Apparently, a sapphire is "just not their style."
Our advice: Take the high road and ignore the comment. This would be the perfect time to clean closet and hide this person from your feed. (PS: We think sapphires are stunning.)
Related: 10 ways to ruin a wedding
3. People assume they're invited to your wedding because you're Facebook friends.
For some, it's hard to draw the line between friend and Facebook friend. Those who aren't invited will inevitably post on your wall about their wedding invitation that's lost in the mail.
Our advice: Refrain from sharing every detail of your wedding on Facebook. If (and when) you get the self-invited guest post on your wall, let them know that your venue and budget can only allow for a certain number of guests. (Hint: It's not them.)
Related: 25 unusual honeymoon hot spots
4. Some think that Facebook is the new RSVP card.
It's hard to believe but we've heard of more than one couple who's received a casual, "We'll be there. And so will our four-plus guests," Facebook message.
Our advice: Respond by asking them to return their card (that one with the stamp). This would also be the perfect time to politely inform them that you've reserved two seats in their honor and can't wait to party together on your wedding day.
Related: Secrets to a fun wedding reception
5. Facebook has made prewedding party privacy a thing of the past.
The bridal shower photos that were posted by your maid of honor might have a third cousin peeved because she didn't get an invite. And those bachelorette pics from your not-so-innocent Vegas trip gave everyone from your office a good laugh.
Our advice: Everyone loves sharing photos from wedding events — you'll have tons of fun ones throughout your engagement. Create a wedding group on Facebook from the beginning to avoid hurt feelings and oversharing.
— The Editors of TheKnot.com
With Memorial Day weekend around the corner, we're ready for the long, lazy days of basking in the sun over the coming months. So as we soak up the warm weather and daydream in our offices about diving headfirst into the refreshing waters of an ocean, lake, or pool, get in the mood for the skin-baring season with these vintage Summer ads for bikinis, cold beverages, sunscreen, and more. Check out how women back in the day enjoyed their hot Summer days — from their pointy-chested bikinis to their Summer flings — now!
Corsages, updos, pizzas topped with pepperoni question marks — it's officially prom season. Even if you're years past the school-dance days, you're sure to appreciate reminders of prom's unique qualities. And since everything feels more dramatic in high school, what better shows than Laguna Beach and The Hills to illustrate prom's ups and downs? Take a walk down memory lane with these playful prom moments in GIFs!
This question is from a Group Therapy post in our community. Add your advice in the comments!
I have a big dilemma. I used to date this guy and the things weren't going in the direction I was hoping, so I ended it. He seemed sort of emotionally unavailable and always stressed out regarding his work status (are they going to renew his post doc contract?, for how long?, etc.). I am looking for a committed, stable guy. He seems to be a nice man, but the major problem here is his work. He works on a contract, which ends the end of August. He is a post doc fellow who is hoping to land a permanent position in his field once his post doc ends. However, he comes from a different country and even though he has his permanent residency status here solved, unless he lands a permanent position in his field here, he will be looking for one in his country of origin. I don't think he is even remotely interested in taking a job that is out of his field, he would much rather go back to his country.
I am confused and even though I like him, I feel that at this moment it's the best we just stay friends. However, he approached me yesterday saying that he does not want to be just friends, that he really likes me and want us to start a real relationship again, but this time a better one, which means more committed. I am really confused. I would be most comfortable with us just being friends until I see that things changed and he really is more committed as he says he is. What's the best answer to give him? If he really likes me, is he going to accept the "friendship only" pace I am willing to take right now?
Have a dilemma of your own? Post it anonymously in Group Therapy for advice.
- Avoid common bachelorette party blunders — Sex & Culture
- Try these 33 essential yoga poses — Fitness
- Leonardo DiCaprio gets snappy in Cannes — Celebrity
- The difference between French and American omelets — Food
- Cook up a beautiful kitchen all by yourself — Home
- We break down the Cannes Film Festival for you — Entertainment
- The ultimate guide to Summer denim — Fashion
- Go under the sea with this kids' birthday party theme — Moms
- Yes, you can sun-proof your hair — here's how! — Beauty
- Video: Tips for a stunning fruit salad — Food
- How to breathe new life into stale bread — Smart Living
- Listen to not-yet-released albums with Pandora Premieres — Tech
- See the lost dog found after the Oklahoma City tornado — Pets
Have you ever spotted a photo on Facebook of all your friends hanging out together and felt superjealous and left out that you weren't invited? Or maybe you've been texting your best friends but no one's responding and you jump to the conclusion that they must be doing something amazing without you. Then you might have a bad case of FOMO, aka the "fear of missing out." In today's modern age of check-ins, Instagram, and instantaneous forms of communication, it's especially easy to see all the fun parties and happy hours you might be missing out on. But while it's natural to feel a tinge of jealousy when you miss the memo on a gathering, it's good to relax and let some things go. Otherwise you'll seem a bit overly dramatic — like Pitch Perfect's Anna Camp in this hilarious FOMO horror movie trailer from CollegeHumor. Watch it now!
Modern Dating: A Field Guide, a collaboration between writer and blogger Chiara Atik and HowAboutWe cofounders Brian Schechter and Aaron Schildkrout, is jam-packed with real-world advice on courtship for singles in this modern dating jungle of sexting, online dating apps, and Google searches. But while the guide tackles these new technologies and the complications of contemporary dating, it's also full of sweet and simple dating rules that ring true no matter what decade you were born in.
Here's just one helpful excerpt from the book on first dates:
10 Things You Should Know at the End of a First Date
- If he's gainfully employed
- If he's cheap (as opposed to thrifty, which is fine)
- If you have at least one thing in common
- If you think he's funny
- If he's smart
- If he's insecure
- If he has a kid
- If he seems genuinely interested in you
- If he's polite
- If he talks about himself the whole time
5 Things You Shouldn't Know
- How much money he makes
- How awesome his ex is, and why they broke up
- What he's like when he's really drunk
- How many other dates he's been on lately
- How hard he's working to overcome any issues/psychological problems/setbacks