Men with psychopathic traits are more desirable to women, Canadian researchers say

The results have startling implications about the evolution of psychopathy in humans.

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  • The researchers asked about 50 male university students to participate in a mock dating scenario.
  • Men with more psychopathic traits were seen as significantly more desirable by women who watched videos of the encounters.
  • Psychopathic traits may help men to mimic the qualities women are looking for, but it's a short-term strategy that comes at a cost.
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Sex study explores 'bad' orgasms

Orgasms don't always mean a sexual encounter is positive, find psychologists.

  • A new study finds that reaching an orgasm doesn't always indicate the sexual encounter was pleasurable.
  • A variety of reasons were reported by participants for "bad" orgasms.
  • Communication is key to improving sexual experiences, maintain the scientists.
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What internet searches reveal about human sexuality

Polls never reveal who we really are. Google does.

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  • In Everybody Lies, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz discusses how Pornhub and Google data provide a window into human sexuality.
  • Large, anonymized data sets are more reliable indicators than polling or other traditional methods.
  • More people report having sex than actually having sex, Stephens-Davidowitz reports.
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Millions of Americans have had suicidal thoughts because of politics, Nebraska researchers say

A new study shows that nearly 40 percent of Americans report being stressed out by U.S. politics.

  • The study, published in PLOS One, is based on a YouGov survey of 800 Americans.
  • The results showed that, because of politics, approximately: 4 percent had considered suicide and about 20 percent have had friendships damaged.
  • The researchers said it's important to better understand how politics are affecting our mental, physical, and social health.
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What young people around the world want most in a partner

A new study finds an unexpected trait that young people want in a lifelong partner.

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  • A new study from the UK looked at dating preferences of 2,700 international students.
  • The study found that kindness was the top trait preferred by both men and women in a lifelong partner.
  • Looks, financial stability and a sense of humor were also important but with differences across cultures.
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