PsyPost: New study sheds light on what Instagram reveals about a couple’s relationship

PsyPost: New study sheds light on what Instagram reveals about a couple’s relationship. “People’s relationship tends to be more visible on Instagram when they and their partner have higher relationship satisfaction, investment, and commitment, according to new research published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. When people perceive themselves as having access to higher quality alternative partners, however, their relationships tended to be less visible on the social media platform.”

Addressing Rape in Four Minutes or Less: Dating App Reps Left Unprepared to Respond to Assault Victims (ProPublica)

ProPublica: Addressing Rape in Four Minutes or Less: Dating App Reps Left Unprepared to Respond to Assault Victims. “The multibillion-dollar online dating industry has no meaningful standards for responding to reports of offline harm and removing those responsible from its platforms, Columbia Journalism Investigations and ProPublica found. Despite pledges to shield users from sexual predators, the companies have done little to abide by them. Most companies have loosely defined procedures that force employees to rely on their own judgment. Dating app users who report an attack, like [Natalie] Dong, often have to badger companies to take action.”

Mashable: Tinder will give 500 lucky matches free COVID tests

Mashable: Tinder will give 500 lucky matches free COVID tests. “With the United States finally turning a corner with the coronavirus pandemic, singles are taking to dating apps (and the vaccine line) to find potential dates. With safety top of mind for many, Tinder will send 500 matched couples (1,000 users) home COVID-19 test kits from Everywell.”

Lifehacker: How to Date During the Pandemic Without Going on Another Damn Walk

Lifehacker: How to Date During the Pandemic Without Going on Another Damn Walk. “The pandemic has taken dating from a difficult and necessary evil to a basically impossible and dangerous temptation. But with COVID-19 cases waning internationally and vaccination rates increasing daily in the U.S., you’ll likely be able to stumble through an awkward date again, just like the olden days. And when you do, why the hell would you go on another lame, lackluster walk?”

Another victim of COVID-19: Sex between married couples (The Globe and Mail)

The Globe and Mail: Another victim of COVID-19: Sex between married couples. “Surveying 1,500 adults last spring just after the pandemic hit, researchers at the Kinsey Institute found nearly half said their sex lives were in decline. Though some had actually expanded their sexual repertoires through the global crisis, they tended to be younger people living alone, rather than long-married spouses quarantining together in homes piled high with homework and laundry.”

Pandemic Love: Couples Who Found Romance in a Year of Tragedy (New York Times)

New York Times: Pandemic Love: Couples Who Found Romance in a Year of Tragedy. “The last time anyone celebrated Valentine’s Day, most of the world was carrying on as in any other year: Couples met at movie theaters, bars were full of dates and restaurants were brimming with lovers sharing candlelit dinners. Twelve months later, the year’s most celebrated date night looks drastically different in the shadow of a pandemic that has killed millions, battered economies and upended daily life. Theaters are closed. Most restaurants have limited capacity, if any. Many people are more reluctant to meet strangers or strike up casual conversations.”

PsyPost: Your adherence to COVID‐19 rules depends more on your social circle than your own opinion

PsyPost: Your adherence to COVID‐19 rules depends more on your social circle than your own opinion. “New research published in The British Journal of Psychology provides insight into some of the factors associated with compliance with COVID-19 regulations. The findings indicate that people are significantly more likely to follow such guidelines when their close friends and family members also do.”

CNN: Scam artists lurking on dating apps and social media made away with a record haul in 2020

CNN: Scam artists lurking on dating apps and social media made away with a record haul in 2020. “Scammers lurk on dating apps and social media, striking up conversation with strangers until they build up trust to eventually ask for money. The prevalence of these types of scams has been steadily rising for the past four years. In 2020, there was a 50% jump in reported dollar losses from romance scams from 2019. The pandemic has only made things easier, creating legitimate reasons for scammers to hide their real motives, claiming they cannot meet in person or need money for medical treatment.”

Click on Detroit: Michigan husband, wife die from COVID on the same day, 1 minute apart

Click on Detroit: Michigan husband, wife die from COVID on the same day, 1 minute apart. “Leslie and Patricia McWaters spent nearly 50 years together before dying on the same day, one minute apart. ‘It’s beautiful, but it’s so tragic. Kind of like Romeo and Juliet,’ said Joanna Sisk. ‘One wouldn’t have wanted to be without the other.’ The couple was married for more than 47 years. Inseparable since the day they met.”

Washington Post: No game days. No bars. The pandemic is forcing some men to realize they need deeper friendships.

Washington Post: No game days. No bars. The pandemic is forcing some men to realize they need deeper friendships.. “For more than a decade, psychologists have written about the ‘friendship crisis’ facing many men. One 2006 analysis published in the American Sociological Review found that while Americans in general have fewer friends outside the family than they used to, young, White, educated men have lost more friends than other groups.”

Mashable: Tinder’s Ghosting Graveyard helps you craft a text to the person you ghosted

Mashable: Tinder’s Ghosting Graveyard helps you craft a text to the person you ghosted . “Sometimes people come into our lives at the wrong times and we realise too late that they were actually pretty great. So, how do you rekindle an old flame without being a complete and utter pandemic cliché? Tricky. Tinder has rustled up a tool called Ghosting Graveyard that might provide some assistance in sliding into the DMs of someone you once ghosted.”

The Atlantic: The Pandemic Has Remade Friendship

The Atlantic: The Pandemic Has Remade Friendship. “Four months ago, I went on a socially distanced, fully masked outdoor park date with my boyfriend (whom I have seen nearly every day since). I miss the ease of just seeing whomever I want, whenever I want—though I’ve also realized how infrequently I used to see my closest friends. The joy of a restaurant dinner has been overwhelmed by the logistics of safety, the concern of exposure. My friendships still form the center of my emotions, but not my physical life. Now they occupy the spatial margins.”