Category Archives: LOVE

How Do Students Make Their Long-Distance Relationships Work?

Erin Gardner | Lifestyle Staff Writer | eg245916@ohio.edu

Leaving for college can be tricky and even emotional. Saying goodbye to friends and family takes some practice and managing a different course load can be ambitious. If managing a long-distance relationship between cities or even states apart seems daunting, read on. Several Ohio University students shared some real-talk about what nightly FaceTime calls are like in a relationship.

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International Love: Popular Dating Apps Across the Globe

Lifestyle Section Editor| Sydney Dawes| sd983213@ohio.edu

For twenty-somethings such as junior Allie Sharrock, Tinder is the go-to for desires of the romantic nature.

“According to Carvaka, Tinder is not the most popular dating app worldwide. Image used with permission.”
According to Carvaka, Tinder is not the most popular dating app worldwide. Image used with permission.

“I think it’s very user-friendly, and I believe it’s the most commonly used dating app,” Sharrock said. “It’s useful because it gives me the opportunity to talk to and flirt with a plethora of people.”

Although Tinder remains popular among teens and young adults in the States, the youth of other nations gravitate toward other dating apps.

In a 2015 infographic provided by Carvaka, a UK-based sex toys company, regions such as South America, Western Europe, South Africa, Spain, and the Pacific islands tend to favor another dating app: Badoo.

Badoo was founded in London, England and boasts an impressive 334 million users, and counting. Badoo also owns or powers several other dating and social apps, such as Lulu and Blendr. According to Badoo, users send roughly 350 million messages collectively per day. On average, 400 thousand new users sign up for Badoo daily.

The college-aged tend to use dating apps or dating sites more than other demographics, and men use them more than women, according to Carvaka. Image used with permission.
The college-aged tend to use dating apps or dating sites more than other demographics, and men use them more than women, according to Carvaka. Image used with permission.

Badoo operates similarly to Tinder: you can match with someone to start a conversation (although you check “yes” or “no” for each profile you view instead of swiping right or left). Other features allow Badoo users to view and chat with people in their area, as well as search for people abroad. Although it’s free to sign up for Badoo, users can purchase access to certain features that allow them to contact people without “matching.” What makes Badoo a little different from other apps is that female users can add “secret comments” to guy’s profiles, alerting other women of negative qualities or giving a digital stamp of approval.

Carvaka reports that dating apps have increased in popularity among 18 to 24-year-olds, moving past online dating sites. However, this demographic uses dating services (whether mobile or online), more than any other age group.

Badoo and Tinder dominate the dating app game, but other apps maintain popularity in China and Russia, such as Momo and Frim, which operate like chat room/instant messaging services. Similarly, some European countries (where German tends to be the predominant language) favor the app Lovoo. This dating service allows users to view people in their area or match with people Tinder-style. Countries in Asia have a wide variety of smaller apps (that focus more on their geographic location) they use to find romantic partners or friends.

Carvaka’s research shows Tinder is downloaded more in the Northern hemisphere than it is in the Southern hemisphere. Image used with permission.
Carvaka’s research shows Tinder is downloaded more in the Northern hemisphere than it is in the Southern hemisphere. Image used with permission.

Dating apps such as these take away from the anxiety of getting to know a person romantically.

Sharrock would agree in regards to Tinder: “It makes it easier for me to meet people especially because I’m shy.”

Although these apps have various features, they all share desirable traits: the ability to chat with someone before meeting them, to meet people one may have never stumbled upon and to make rejection less severe.

Valentine’s Day Gag Gifts

Lifestyle Staff Writer | Alex Keller | ak537113@ohio.edu

Source: Icing
Source: Icing

Cue the pink and red palette onslaught. It’s that time again: when over-priced boxes of chocolate fill the shelves as far as the eye can see, and creepy pink and red heart-covered bears sing you songs that are supposed to give you the ‘warm fuzzies.’ But for all those who have trouble stomaching those ‘warm fuzzies,’ here are five alternative sweet treat Valentine’s ideas that may be a little easier to digest.

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Inside the Life of Engaged Bobcats

Love/Sex Writer | Kayla Blanton | kb408112@ohio.edu

Getting engaged in college may seem too early for some, but for others, age is but a number. Source: Tela Chhe via Flickr
Getting engaged in college may seem too early for some, but for others, age is but a number. Source: Tela Chhe via Flickr

When many students at Ohio University think about the relationship between male and female students, the first scene that may come to mind is hooking up after sharing a few shots at a Mill St. rager. What many people don’t realize is that there are some Bobcats out there in committed relationships, and some who have even gone as far as putting a ring on it before they graduate.

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Dating a College Athlete: Inside the Relationship

Love/Sex Writer | Kayla Blanton | kb408112@ohio.edu

Between class, studying and countless hours of practice, one might wonder if a college athlete would dare tackle the task of a serious relationship. There are, without question, some that have taken it on, and their significant others have come forward to share their struggles and triumphs as a couple with a third wheel in their relationship. Continue reading Dating a College Athlete: Inside the Relationship

The Truth About Playing Hard To Get

Lifestyle Staff Writer | Haadiza Ogwude | ho299413@ohio.edu

Playing hard to get is not always the best approach, when trying to build a connection with someone.  Source: chicagonow.com
Playing hard to get is not always the best approach, when trying to build a connection with someone.
Source: chicagonow.com

At least a time or two in our lives, we have given or received the advice that “playing hard to get” is the answer. We have been told, or at least we’ve told others – don’t appear too eager, don’t let him or her know how you feel, be more mysterious, etc. Somehow, we have conditioned ourselves into thinking that the less interested we seem, the more interested the other person will become. It’s all about the chase – or so we thought.

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8 Legitimate #RelationshipGoals to Strive for

Love/Sex Writer | Kayla Blanton | kb408112@ohio.edu

Hand in Hand
True #RelationshipGoals. Source: Garry Knight via Flickr

It seems like every time someone posts a cute, sexy or funny picture, the Internet suddenly turns it into a #RelationshipGoal. From old couples holding hands to someone laying in bed with a pizza, relationship goals are what couples (and singles) are striving for everywhere.

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A World of Difference: An Inside Look at One Couple’s Cultural Barriers

Lifestyle Writer | Caitlyn Adams | ca023612@ohio.edu

In today’s world, there are a lot of things making our romantic relationships more complicated. What could be more agonizing than decoding emojis or breaking down those cryptic subtweets? Fortunately, many of us have the luxury of being from, or at least residing in the same country as our significant other. However, that’s not the case for some students here at Ohio University, and it can make an already difficult situation even more complicated.

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