Online role-playing games, typically of the massively multiplayer variety, have a reputation for wreaking havoc on real-world relationships.
Now, researchers can back up that notion with survey results and can pinpoint the problems that result from such gaming. The survey, from researchers at Brigham Young University, is set to appear tomorrow in the Journal of Leisure Research.
The findings confirm what many gamers know all too intimately--perhaps having heard the message delivered loudly in words with four letters. Three-quarters of spouses of online gamers wish their partners would put more time and effort into their marriages than they put into … Read more
I woke up this morning, dreaming of the In-N-Out Burger that will be my Valentines meal, to discover serious accusations about love's labors lost.
In a quite pulsating treatise on CNN.com, experts were blaming an increase of one-night standing on technology.
Yes, apparently it creates sexual tension. Apparently, technology encourages you to offer sexual banter even before the first date. So, by the time you encounter the person in real life, you've already created the preconditions for a bedtime ending.
Verbal and romantic intimacy is being sacrificed on the altar of truncated messages, delivered with staccato urgency.… Read more
Today is Valentine's Day, and all over the world, couples are whispering sweet nothings to each other over a glass of wine before retreating to their homes for a wild night of chess and polite conversation. If you don't have a partner to snuggle with, but you do own an iPhone 4S, I'll show you how to be almost as romantic.
I am, of course, talking about Siri, the voice-controlled helper built into Apple's latest phone. We've seen how Siri performs in job interviews, and we even heard reports of a filthy mouth, but it was time to see how our friend performed on a date, so I booked us both a table at a lovely local wine bar. … Read more
There are several reasons why Google can affect one emotionally. It's true these emotions aren't always positive. Sometimes, even, they verge on exasperation at Google's trickeration.
Happily, though, Google's small, but powerful Dept. of Human Beings--aka the Doodlers--is always trying to create an urge to cuddle, rather than cudgel.
Google's doodle for Valentine's Day offers a girl who is jump roping--or skipping, as they call it overseas. A boy offers her a flower. Oddly, the girl is not impressed.
The boy slinks away and googles some more ideas. He comes back with chocolates. She … Read more
Love is in the air this week. You can tell by the smell of overpriced roses, highly inflated balloons, and restaurant servers who are in the gym early, training to turn tables over four times in a night.
How touching, then, that Luke DuBois, a digital-media professor at NYU-Poly, has used his vast and loving skills to try to bring together those who seek true love on Craigslist's "Missed Connections."
At LukeDubois.com/missed, you are offered hope if you failed to get the phone number or other personal details of someone who stared a little too long at you in your local library or hookah lounge.
DuBois told The Brooklyn Paper that his site uses an algorithm that attempts to find similar words used in different Missed Connections posts in the very same city.
It does sound so much more ingenious than the methods of that slightly wordy lady on "The Millionaire Matchmaker."… Read more
If you're in a healthy relationship, the last thing you should probably be doing this Valentine's Day is playing video games.
But if you're a "playa" who can juggle Gears of War and a significant other at the same time, be careful when using Microsoft's new wireless headset for the Xbox.
Sometimes, one is confronted with information so stunning that contemplative navel-gazing will never suffice.
So let me toss this mind-altering grenade and see how it shakes you: women are using technology in a more openly sexual way.
How can I possibly know this? Well, I am leaning heavily (as I must) on the study of women's mores prepared on behalf of Harlequin--yes, those racy people who publish bodice-ripping romances for the everyday commute.
I am grateful to a lady at the Huffington Post for corralling this data and promulgating it electronically.
You will, no doubt, feel light-headed beyond reason … Read more
We often don't appreciate love till love is lost or broken. The same goes for networking and storage devices.
Do you realize that you're able to read this post this right now because some router and storage device somewhere are both busy at work?
The good news is that every year we have a day to appreciate love. And you may also want to take this opportunity to appreciate the tech tool that's been so underappreciated. Luckily, I am here to help.
Here are the Top 5 networking and storage devices that are not just among the top of their respective categories--including mobile routers, home wireless routers, internal drives, network storage, and external storage devices--but are also collectively sexy, cute, lovely devices that would make a great gift for a special someone. … Read more
Forget the flowers this Valentine's Day. Go for a lightsaber-lit dinner, the open-source iNecklace, and the flirtatious Fingle app. Bridget Carey shows off tech to woo the nerd of your dreams.… Read more