Feeling anxious about that first date? Here’s how science can help

Does anxiety keep getting in the way of you making connections with the people you’d like to spend more time with? Maybe you’ve just...

How perfectionism became a hidden epidemic among young people

In our roles as academics, young people knock on our doors almost every day. They are typically ambitious, bright and hard-working. They have a...

Bringing pleasure into the discussion about sexting among teens

New research on sexting published today in JAMA Pediatrics finds that sexting has increased among teens in recent years, and increases as youths age. An estimated...

She phubbs me, she phubbs me not: Smartphones could be ruining your love life

The majority of our relationships are in shambles. The divorce rate hovers at 40 percent, but that’s not the whole story. Many intact relationships...

What might explain the unhappiness epidemic?

We’d all like to be a little happier. The problem is that much of what determines happiness is outside of our control. Some of us...

Online social networks can help fight social anxiety

Ever since online social networks were first created, people have wondered why they’re popular and how they affect users. Researchers, practitioners and social commentators have expressed concern that they...

Technology drives the need to rethink sex work industry regulations

Although sex workers around the world lobby for decriminalisation, sex work law remains controversial. This article is part of a series exploring sex work and regulatory...

Consensual sex is key to happiness and good health, science says

As we approach Valentine’s Day, it’s nice to celebrate love and, one the best parts about it, sex. As a doctor and epidemiologist who...

Happy Valentine’s Day? Depends how you invest in your relationship

If you think our romantic relationships are based on the passions of the heart and the melding of minds – both beyond explanation or...

Wealth, danger and other factors can change your preference for long-term or casual relationships

Do you prefer vanilla ice cream or mint chocolate? Chances are you prefer one over the other, but liking one doesn’t necessarily rule the...