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Stella Immanuel’s theories about the relationship between demons, illness and sex have a long history

President Donald Trump has a new favorite doctor. On July 27, the president and his son Donald Trump, Jr. tweeted a viral video featuring Dr. Stella Immanuel, in which the Houston pediatrician rejected the effectiveness of wearing face masks for...

/ August 4, 2020

Dating over Zoom? Don’t be surprised if those online sparks fizzle in person

For those dipping their toes into the dating pool during stay-at-home orders, it’s been like swimming in a version of Netflix’s reality series “Love is Blind.” In the show, contestants must get engaged before ever actually meeting one another in...

Porn use is up, thanks to the pandemic

Across the globe, the coronavirus pandemic is affecting almost all aspects of daily life. Travel is down; jobless claims are up; and small businesses are struggling. But not all businesses are experiencing a downturn. The world’s largest pornography website, Pornhub,...

Isolating together is challenging – and relationship stresses can affect biological functioning

In the wake of COVID-19 social distancing and stay-at-home orders, young couples may find themselves spending more time with each other than ever before. As a developmental psychologist who conducts research on adolescent and young adult relationships, I’m interested in...

How to listen to your loved ones with empathy when you yourself are feeling the strain of social distancing

COVID-19 has revealed a great many things about our world, including the vulnerabilities inherent in our economic, health care and educational institutions. The pandemic and the resulting orders to shelter in place have also uncovered vulnerabilities in our relationships with...

Online Romance Scams Are on The Rise: How To Be Safe

Be wary of potential love interests you meet online because scammers can break not only your heart but also your wallet. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reports that romance scams are now the costliest type of online fraud in the...

/ April 27, 2020

Stuck at home with your partner? Look to retirees for how to make it work

Across the country an unprecedented number of couples are suddenly spending every waking and sleeping hour of the day with one another. That’s what many older retired couples do too, even when there isn’t a pandemic. Their experiences are worth...

/ April 6, 2020
Comic Book Trash Romance

America’s postwar fling with romance comics

Last year, comic book enthusiast Gary Watson donated his massive personal collection to the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at the University of South Carolina. As the reference and instruction librarian, I’m tasked with getting to know...

/ February 8, 2020