What do men look for in a mate? Men are more likely to choose women who display signs of youth and beauty — the first time that they marry, men around the world tend to marry women who are three years younger than themselves. Men are also attracted to women who “need” them. Men want to be helpful. What do women look for in a mate? Women are attracted to partners with money, status, and ambition — one study found that American women seek partners who offered financial security twice as frequently as men do. If men look for “sex objects,” then women look for “success objects.”
Source: Chemistry.com, 3/5/13
No reason to panic … yet: This Saturday (March 9) is National Panic Day. The event encourages you to indulge all of your deepest fears and let loose a rampage of unbridled hysteria. Observational practices may include — but are certainly not limited to — tearing out one’s hair, standing in public spaces and shrieking like a banshee, sobbing uncontrollably, or finally breaking ground on that underground bunker you have always dreamed of building.
Source: Mental Floss, 3/5/13
You’d think the last thing on your mind when you have a migraine would be sex, but you might want to rethink that. New research shows that sex might cure migraines. According to the report, one in five migraine sufferers were completely cured after getting busy, while more than half said they at least felt much better. One reason scientists think sex helps is because doing the deed triggers the release of endorphins, which are our bodies’ natural painkillers. But, there’s also an area of the brain that’s responsible for both extreme head pain and orgasms, researchers say, which could play a role as well.
Source: International Headache Society, 3/5/13
It’s time for the Mars/Venus theories about the sexes to come back to Earth, a new study shows. From empathy and sexuality to science inclination and extroversion, statistical analysis of 122 different characteristics involving 13,301 individuals finds that men and women, by and large, are exactly the same.
Source: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, February 2013
Smartphones are fun, but they’ve got an evil side – they’ve chained us to the office. A study surveyed 1,600 managers and other workers and found that only 2 percent of those surveyed ever turned off their smartphones, even when on vacation.
Source: Harvard Business School, 2/20/13
Fatherhood is more important to men than career success. Seventy-seven percent of men said that being a good father is important, while only 49 percent said the same about having a successful career.
Source: Redbook, 1/30/13
What time of the day you eat can either help or hurt your diet. Studies show that eating earlier in the day is better for weight loss. The study followed people enrolled in a weight loss program and found that those who ate lunch later in the day — after 3 pm -- lost 25 percent less weight than those who ate earlier in the day. And no, it had nothing to do with exercise: The two groups performed the same amount of exercise and had the same amount of sleep. Researchers don’t yet know how meal timing really affects weight loss, just that it does.
Source: MyHealthNewsDaily.com, 2/4/13
Imagine this scenario: You break up with your (seemingly) normal boyfriend or girlfriend. Everything seems cool, but then their inner crazy comes out: They hack into your Facebook account, steal personal photos, and generally make your life hell. And yes, it can happen to you: A new study found that one in 10 Americans have been cyber-threatened by an ex. And we make it easy to become a victim. A staggering 50 percent of us share our passwords with our significant others.
Source: McAfee survey, 2/4/13
The Oscars are on Sunday (2/24) and along with the golden statuette we can also expect thank-you speeches. New research from Georgia Tech discovered that speeches have become considerably longer over the years. In the 1960s, a typical speech was about 40 seconds long. Now it averages nearly two minutes, although the orchestra is always ready to cut off a speech that runs too long.
Source: Jason Maderer, Georgia Tech (firstname.lastname@example.org, 404-385-2966)