Here are a few things from around the web that may interest you:
Damn, this article, about dating sites and the hookup culture, gave me the serious sads.
Mobile dating went mainstream about five years ago; by 2012 it was overtaking online dating. In February, one study reported there were nearly 100 million people—perhaps 50 million on Tinder alone—using their phones as a sort of all-day, every-day, handheld singles club, where they might find a sex partner as easily as they’d find a cheap flight to Florida. “It’s like ordering Seamless,” says Dan, the investment banker, referring to the online food-delivery service. “But you’re ordering a person.”
Related: “A Millennial’s Guide to Kissing”
After 40 years, Kermit and Miss Piggy have called it quits. Is there any hope for the rest of us??
Are you attracted to guys you think need your help?
“Netflix will offer unlimited paid parental leave,” which is great, of course, but it’s too bad we live in a society where this is newsworthy.
There is an art to expressing condolences and sympathy, and this post is super helpful in providing tips for perfecting that art and connecting to people at a time when personal connections are among what they need most.
I love this article about how to vacation like it’s 1999. Spoiler: turn your phone on airport mode and leave it there. Facebook — and your email inbox — will still be there in a few days. (And what does it say about me that even the thought of not checking my email for a few days makes me a little panicky??).
Speaking of red flags (and I’m so glad we can laugh about out experiences; we are laughing, right?): “Date Invites Woman Upstairs To Check Out Red Flags”
When a regular person in an appropriate interaction says something genuine and kind to another regular person, I promise you, the exchange tends to go just fine. It happens all the time! Men and women actually say pleasant things to each other without incident. But if you’re the sort of person who regularly has to say things like, “What? I was just being nice,” you may find that surprising. So let me explain: Normal behavior doesn’t come with a subtext of hostility, or an expectation that the other person has to conform to your standards. It doesn’t suggest that another person, walking around, perhaps using her beautiful toes in the process, is there for your gratification or displeasure.
Thank you to those who submitted links for me to include. If you see something around the web you think DW readers would appreciate, please send me a link to firstname.lastname@example.org and, if it’s a fit, I’ll include it in Friday’s round-up. Thanks!