Digital Breakup? No! Digital Get-Over-Your-Ex? Yes!
Plenty of websites help you hook up but why are there so few for people who need to move past their ex? Here are some digital ways to keep you from going crazy over your past love.
What's the Latest Development?
Online dating sites are increasingly accepted as a good way to look for a partner but, unfortunately, that is only half the story. For people who need to get past an ex, some new apps and websites are dedicated to keeping you from the obsessive side of your personality. The Ex-App, for example, blocks texts, calls and emails from your former beau or belle until you are ready to handle those digits responsibly again. Another site exists as an anonymous safe haven for the forlorn to deposit their undeliverable love letter.
What's the Big Idea?
To be clear, the convenience of modern communication is not meant to circumvent responsibility. In other words, do not break up cheaply. If, however, an app or website can provide a little levity to your otherwise pity-filled situation, why not go for it? The pull of an ex, after all, is formidable. A survey of 1,300 dating site members revealed that "71 percent said they think about their exes too much, while 57 percent not currently in a relationship said thinking about their formers prevents them from finding new love."
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These modern-day hermits can sometimes spend decades without ever leaving their apartments.
- A hikikomori is a type of person in Japan who locks themselves away in their bedrooms, sometimes for years.
- This is a relatively new phenomenon in Japan, likely due to rigid social customs and high expectations for academic and business success.
- Many believe hikikomori to be a result of how Japan interprets and handles mental health issues.
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A new study discovers the “liking gap” — the difference between how we view others we’re meeting for the first time, and the way we think they’re seeing us.
We tend to be defensive socially. When we meet new people, we’re often concerned with how we’re coming off. Our anxiety causes us to be so concerned with the impression we’re creating that we fail to notice that the same is true of the other person as well. A new study led by Erica J. Boothby, published on September 5 in Psychological Science, reveals how people tend to like us more in first encounters than we’d ever suspect.
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