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How Modern Science is Trying to Remove the Guesswork from Dating

When love proves to be too mysterious, daters turn to algorithms and facial recognition technology. Is it working?

It may be hard to believe, but when Match.com launched in 1995, only 14 percent of Americans were online. Today, 87 percent of the country’s adult population goes online every day—and according to the most recent numbers from Pew, one in five of them spends at least a few minutes on an online dating site.

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Debunking the Data Behind Those “Top Cities for Singles” Lists

Can you really quantify affairs of the heart?

The personal finance website NerdWallet recently crunched some numbers to create a list of the top cities in America for love-seeking singles. The site relied on city-level data from the U.S. Census Bureau about marriage status, median income, and the number of date-friendly businesses, such as restaurants and bars, along with a city’s walkability measure and the average cost of dinner and a movie. Boston claimed the No. 1 spot, while Minneapolis came in at No. 10. Washington, D.C., Cleveland, Atlanta, and Seattle all found spots in between.

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This Season, Send A Valentine Via T-Shirt

Social Textiles enables phrases and messaging to flash across clothing, creating wordless communication.

Talk about a statement piece. Social Textiles, a new series of “wearable computing fabrics” from MIT Media Lab's Tangible Media Group, allows phrases and social messaging to flash across clothing, creating wordless communication. A melding of thermochromic dye, haptic feedback, and human capacitance detection, the clothing sends wearers a gentle “tap” when other Social Textilites are within 12 feet. This clothing also enables you to tell how compatible you are with other users by filtering wearers by interest and social experiences that have been pre-programmed. When two users touch or shake hands, they’re able to download information and learn more. Marketed as an icebreaker tool, the creators hope Social Textiles will empower people to sport their online personas on their sleeves.

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Love in the Golden Years, With a Push From the Kids

Two English brothers designed their startup with a very specific goal: to help their 60-something mum find love.

For people who grew up on the internet, online dating sites may seem like a natural place to look for companionship. But for those in their golden years, internet romance may feel like a strange fit. That’s why two English brothers started a new dating website specifically to help their 60-something mum find a dashing older gentleman.

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What Do the World's Most Romantic Cities Have in Common?

We love—and fall in love in—cities that engender the main elements of smart, sustainable urbanism.


Kaid Benfield, Sustainable Cities and Smart Growth Director for the NRDC, answers this question in his annual Valentine's Day must-read post on the intersection of smart, sustainable urbanism, livable streets, and romance:

Prague. Venice. Rome. Paris. These are some destinations that perennially make "ten-most-romantic cities” lists. I just looked at three such sites, and all four cities were consensus picks. Vienna and Lisbon each made two of the lists.

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