A new study finds the fear of being single may be driving men and women to settle in their relationships. “Loneliness is a painful experience for both men and women, so it’s not surprising that the fear of being single seems not to discriminate on the basis of gender,” study co-author, Geoff MacDonald, a professor at the University of Toronto’s department of psychology, said in a press release . Researchers asked a sample of adults of various ages from the U.S. and Canada — including University of Toronto undergraduates — about their thoughts on being single. They were asked to complete different surveys and tasks. In one online survey, 126 women and 27 men were asked about their fears of being alone.
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Three’s company: Open relationships become a new normal for students
RELATED WASHINGTON: A researcher has come up with an ‘algorithm’ that tags photos based on the relationships that people in images have with each other. The algorithm uses the name and location of existing photo tags to build a ‘relationship graph,’ where personal connections in the images are calculated, Mashable reports. The new method makes it faster and more efficient at tagging pictures. According to the report, University of Toronto engineering professor Parham Aarabi has been working on the technology since 2005. He emphasized the advantages of the algorithm over Facebook’s face-recognition photo tagging system, the report added.
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New tech lets you tag Facebook photos based on relationships
Alternative relationships range from casual hook-ups to what is now referred to as an open relationship and often stem from the college students desire to experiment. I think an open relationship is any relationship that is outside of the traditional, monogamous, two-person relationship, said Danielle Hurd, vice president for the Alabama Alliance for Sexual and Reproductive Justice. Whatever that means is dependent on couple to couple. Generally, an open relationship is defined as two people who are committed to each other but branch from the primary relationship to fill other needs or wants, emotional or otherwise, via another party without jeopardizing the original commitment. Brenda Hanson, a graduate student studying womens studies, said open relationships have always been more successful than closed relationships for her because of her conflicting attraction to others. I dont have to worry about the fact that Im attracted to other people, Hanson said.
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