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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

Galentine’s Day has become a thing – why hasn’t Malentine’s Day?

On Feb. 13, women will celebrate Galentine’s Day, a holiday trumpeting the joys of female friendships. The holiday can trace its origins to a 2010 episode of “Parks and Rec,” in which the main character, Leslie Knope, decides that the...

/ February 3, 2020

From Serial Dater to Long-Term Lover

The dating game is so much fun… at first. It’s great to meet new people, get dressed up, try out a new restaurant. But for me, the dating game eventually ran its course and my heart told me I was...

/ November 5, 2019

5 Dating Challenges Every Single Expat Faces

Nowadays, there’s a lot more opportunity for people to live outside their native country thanks to educational grants, work-and-study programs, and work-related relocations. In fact, expats are so common today that there is now an actual need for single expats...

/ February 28, 2019