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A reason to keep it at just a kiss?

By Glamour Magazine Dec 11, 2012 3:10PM

By Gina Kaufman, Glamour Magazine

The typical urban legend is that sex on a first date won’t lead to a relationship, period. That’s debatable, so a new study has examined what effects, if any, a couple may experience in their relationship as a result of hooking up right away.

And well, it isn’t great. In a study of 11,000 unmarried people in serious relationships, those who engaged in sex before or within the first few weeks of dating had lower levels of relationship satisfaction, communication and stability than those who waited longer.

Photo: George Doyle/Getty Images

 

A historic move that's creating a buzz.

By Kristin Wong Dec 10, 2012 4:53PM

For the first time in its history, Jet magazine has featured a gay male couple in its popular 'Jet Love' weddings section.

The Dec. 10 issue of the mag, which hit newsstands last week, covers the wedding of Ravi Perry and Paris Prince, who married in the backyard of their Worcester, Mass. home.

Photo: Peter Dazeley/Getty Images"Jet's publishing of our union is historic," the couple said.

Bing: See the couple.

 

'Tis the season…to split?

By Kristin Wong Dec 7, 2012 4:54PM

Well bah, humbug.

We can't imagine a harder time of year to handle a split, but there are peak seasons for breakups, and, unfortunately, the highest falls around the holidays.

Specifically, many couples split two weeks before Christmas. On the bright side, many new relationships are established around the holidays, too.

Photo: Ghislain & Marie David de Lossy/Getty ImagesMore on MSN Living: 10 foolproof ways to get in the mood

 

Bringing home the bacon may come at a price.

By Kristin Wong Dec 6, 2012 4:55PM

Does a career come with a greater risk of divorce? It sure does—if you're a woman.

According to the latest statistics from the American Community Survey (ACS), working women are more likely to be divorced than working men.

Photo: Ryan McVay/Getty ImagesThe U.S. Census Bureau recently released the results of its 2011 survey, and 14.1 percent of women in the labor force are reportedly divorced, compared with only 9.5 percent of working men.

 

In most couples, women are the decision-makers.

By Kristin Wong Dec 5, 2012 4:55PM

James Brown told us that it's a man's world, but this study might beg to differ. According to the Pew Research Center, it's women who have the final say on many household decisions.

Photo: Stefanie Sudek-Mensch/Getty ImagesThe organization interviewed over 1,000 adults who were married or living with a partner and asked them who was in charge of making the decisions in four areas of domestic life. For a whopping 43 percent of couples, women are calling the shots. Men make the decisions in only 26 percent of relationships, the study found, while 31 percent of couples say they divide the decisions equally.

 

More bang for your buck?

By Kristin Wong Dec 4, 2012 3:52PM

Are you a visual learner? Then perhaps you'll appreciate this.

Kink.com, a San Francisco-based pornography company, is offering sexual education classes that include live demonstrations with porn stars.

With the goal of "empowering people to explore their sexuality," the workshops offer everything from "bedroom bondage" to "fetish and fellatio."

Photo: David Politi/Getty ImagesMore on MSN Living: 10 foolproof ways to get in the mood

 

Sex buddies may be casual, but they're also careful.

By Kristin Wong Dec 3, 2012 6:14PM

Friends with benefits relationships are known to be ripe with unpleasant possibilities, but a new study has found a silver lining to the casual sex conundrum.

According to a recent poll, friends who engage in no-strings-attached sexual relationships are more likely to use condoms than couples in traditional relationships.

Photo: Karen Moskowitz/Getty ImagesMore on MSN Living: 10 foolproof ways to get in the mood

 
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Just when you thought election season was over...

By Kristin Wong Nov 29, 2012 8:52PM

The polls are open!

The Heart Beat debuted on MSN Living this year, and we've discussed everything from sugar dating to magic love pills. Oh, yeah—and who could forget the time we talked about divorce toilets?

At any rate, we're excited to announce that we've made it to the finals of the Great Dating Blog Awards 2012. This contest awards the most engaging and interesting dating blogs of the year. Specifically, The Heart Beat is competing for "Best Newcomer."

Photo: Great Dating Blog Awards 2012

Readers, you've helped us make it this far, but we still need you. Please take a moment to head over to the site and vote for The Heart Beat—you'll find us under the last category. 

 
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