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Plus, many surveyed said they would not date a virgin.

By Kristin Wong Feb 6, 2013 5:48PM

What do modern singles look for in a potential partner? A survey of over 5,000 unattached adults sought to find out. 

Research company MarketTools asked singles about turn-ons, deal breakers and even one-night stands. Among the more interesting findings was that nearly half of those polled (42 percent) said they would not date a virgin. Another deal breaker? Credit card debt.

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Those little candy hearts add up.

By Kristin Wong Feb 5, 2013 5:07PM

You can't buy love, but we sure do spend a lot to honor it. The countdown to Valentine's Day has begun—only nine more days—and the National Retail Foundation has released their annual spending survey. 

This Valentine's Day, the average person is expected to shell out a little over $130 to say 'I love you' with candy, gifts and flowers.

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And while we spent an impressive $17 billion in 2012, we're expected to outdo ourselves in 2013, spending a total of $18.6 billion. Seems like a lot, but the National Retail Foundation (NRF) actually points out that this is a "slight increase."

So what kind of gifts are we all buying for a cool, collective $18 billion?

 

Stephanie Parr was forced to cancel her original wedding plans after doctors discovered a three-inch tumor in her brain.

By Kristin Wong Feb 4, 2013 5:23PM

Stephanie and Neil Parr met in 2011, and they hit it off immediately. Within three months, they'd moved in together, and five months after that, Neil proposed. They were planning an April wedding.

But one night, Neil woke up to hear Stephanie making an unusual sound.

"He tried to wake me up but he couldn't," Stephanie told the Telegraph. "So he called an ambulance and I was taken to the Royal Derby Hospital. The doctors there said it looked like I'd suffered a seizure."

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We will respectfully disagree that there's anything wrong with chocolate.

By Kristin Wong Feb 1, 2013 4:46PM

Attention, men. When it comes to Valentine's Day, it might be time to think outside the box. Apparently, the standard flowers and chocolate gifts just aren't cutting it anymore.

A few recent surveys have found that women aren't particularly fond of traditional Valentine's Day presents.

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Say what you will about the bride, but there's one thing you can't call her—a procrastinator.

By Kristin Wong Jan 31, 2013 5:37PM

When Shawn Owens proposed to his girlfriend Kate, she accepted. And then she whipped out a binder that included every detail of the couple's wedding, down to the menus. The binder was aptly labeled, "Life." Years before Kate even met Shawn, this wedding had been painstakingly planned.

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"I think some people probably thought I was nuts," Owens told ABC News.

Kate even went so far as to book a band back in 2003. She saw them playing at a bar and thought they would be perfect for her sometime-in-the-future ceremony.

 

Two super fans vow their love to each other—and the Baltimore Ravens.

By Kristin Wong Jan 30, 2013 4:39PM

The Heart Beat is excited to introduce our new weekly feature, "True love stories." Each week, a couple with a truly amazing love story will be profiled. If you know a couple with a story worth sharing, please email us at msnlivingmail@micros​​​​oft.com for a chance to be featured.

In 2001, the Baltimore Ravens beat the New York Giants at Super Bowl XXXV. Celebrating the win at a party, Daisy Sudano met Jim Pellegrini, and the two hit it off.

"I thought that was a perfect time to ask her out, and the rest is history. The Ravens won, and we've been together ever since," Pellegrini told WBAL-TV.

Photo: Algerina Perna/Baltimore Sun/MCT/Landov

 

Love isn't what we think it is, one researcher says—but it might be better.

By Kristin Wong Jan 29, 2013 5:28PM

If you have fairy tale expectations, you may want to proceed with caution.

This week, the Atlantic posted a piece on Barbara Fredrickson's new book, Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become. In her book, Fredrickson describes a new concept of love that is dramatically different from our traditional definition. Instead of an everlasting, always-present emotion, Fredrickson says that love is a "micro-moment of positivity romance."

Fredrickson explains that love is simply a rush of positive emotions one feels in a certain instance. This rush can happen with anyone, even a stranger on the street, the article points out.

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Too late to find love? We think not.

By Kristin Wong Jan 28, 2013 7:02PM

Worried that you'll never meet someone special?  This story should offer some hope. Proving that it's never too late to find love, a 97-year-old bride and 89-year-old groom tied the knot over the weekend.

Ada Laurie Bryant and Robert Mitchell Haire married in Hockessin, Delaware, on Saturday. It also happened to be the anniversary of the day the couple made their relationship official. The two met at Country House, a retirement community in Wilmington. They started off as friends, but after spending some time together, Robert began to see something special in Ada:

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"There was some kind of feeling," he told the New York Times.

 
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