Category Archives: Scientific

‘Sexting’ Common for Those Who Cheat

A new study finds that the practice of “sexting” — sending salacious texts or nude photos over the Internet — is now a key tool for Americans bent on infidelity.

Click here to find out more!Sexting, which notoriously cost former Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner his job, is “alive and well,” said sociologist Diane Kholos Wysocki, the study’s lead author. In fact, she said, it’s a part of the whole extra-marital mating ritual, according to Wysocki, who said adulterous interactions that begin online seem to follow a regular pattern.
“People meet, then they send pictures, then they send naked pictures, then they proceed and ultimately meet if they find that they’re compatible,” she said.
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Best actress Oscar award destroy marriages

According to a new study done by the researchers at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and Carnegie Mellon University, winner of best actress are more likely to give divorce that best actor award winners. Research has suggested that the historically men have greater status and power than women and a strain in relationship starts if condition is reversed. The total of 751 nominees in the best actor and actress categories of the Academy Awards between1936 to 2010 was chosen for the study. Statistically, the best Actress winners have a 63% chance of their marriages ending sooner than the marriages of non-winners. The median marriage duration for Best Actress winners was 4.30 years, substantially lower than the 9.51 year marriage duration for non-winners. Contrasting this, the difference between best actor non-winners (median, 12.66 years) and best actor winners (median, 11.97 years) was not statistically significant.

Many best actress Oscar winners including Joan Crawford (1946), Bette Davis (1936 and 1939), Reese Witherspoon (2005), Hilary Swank (2004), Halle Berry (2001), Sandra Bullock  (2009 ), Katherine Hepburn (1933) and Kate Winslet (2008) got separated after winning academy award.

This suggest that this year’s academy award nominees Nicole Kidman and Annette Bening may also be at higher risk for a divorce if they win the Oscar for best actress.

Nicole Kidman: Academy award nominee 2010

Annette Bening: : Academy award nominee 2010

The detailed report can be read at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1749612

Young Couples Often Disagree About Monogamy, Study Finds

Many young American couples can’t agree on whether they’ve decided to have sex only with each other, a new study shows. Oregon State University researchers analyzed data collected from 434 heterosexual married and non-married couples, aged 18 to 25. In 40 percent of those couples, one partner said the couple had agreed to be monogamous while the other partner said there was no such deal. Even among couples who agreed that they had decided to have sex only with each other, nearly 30 percent had broken that agreement, with at least one partner having sex outside the relationship, the findings indicated.
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Brain Scans Show Married Love Can Last

Remember the intensity of falling madly in love? Ever feel like the passing years, the never-ending housework and the demands of raising a family and working have quashed your infatuation for your spouse? New research using brain scans suggests some married couples hold on to that passion and romance for decades or more. When gazing at a photo of their beloved, the brains of couples married 10 or more years who considered themselves “intensely” in love with their partners lit up similarly to scans of newly in-love couples.
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No love for outsiders – oxytocin makes us favor our own ethnic or cultural groups

Few molecules have a reputation as glowing as that of oxytocin. Often billed as the “love hormone” or “cuddle hormone”, oxytocin has been linked to virtually every positive aspect of human behaviour. But it also promotes racial and cultural bias. Despite its misleading labels, oxytocin has a dark side. Just two months ago, Jennifer Bartz showed that it can make people remember their mothers as less caring and more distant if they themselves are anxious about social relationships. Carolyn H. Declerck found that oxytocin makes people more cooperative in a social game, if they had met their partner beforehand. If they played with an anonymous partner who they knew nothing about, oxytocin actually made them less cooperative. “Oxytocin does not unconditionally support trust,” she says.
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