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While you may not see anything wrong with your old iPhone, it may be the reason you are still single. Turns out, people are judging each other by their tech, especially when it comes to the romance department. 

For example, a poll last year found that people with an older smartphone are 56% less likely to get a date than someone with a newer model. What’s more, those with iPhones are 21 times more likely to look down on an Android user, wile Android fans are 15 times more likely to thumb their nose at an iPhone owner.

But it’s not just phones. A recent poll finds that 61% of singles say they find a person with a virtual assistant like Amazon Echo or Google home to be a turn on.

  • And there are plenty of ways your tech could be turning off a potential partner. One poll found that 86% of women were turned off by a man with a broken Smartphone screen. Plus 68% of people say they are turned off by someone without a computer, and 74% look poorly on someone without the Internet. In addition, 78% of people don’t particularly care for folks who steal their neighbor’s Internet.

Source: New York Post

While a lot of us are overly concerned about how we look, especially when it comes to finding a mate, it turns out looks really aren’t everything. In fact, a new Planet Fitness Valentine’s Day poll finds that 92% of people say they prefer a partner with a good personality to one with a great body.

Overall, 81% of people say they are looking for a partner with a good personality, while 76% want one with a sense of humor, with a positive attitude (73%), and open-mindedness (62%) also important characteristics for a mate.

When it comes to qualities people find most important in a significant other, they include:

  • How supportive they are (80%)
  • How happy they are (77%)
  • That they love unconditionally (75%)
  • Whether they encourage their partner to be their best self (70%)

As for where folks would like to meet people, 57% would like to meet someone at a coffee shop, while 48% would like to meet them at a party (48%), with work (42%) and the gym (30%) also preferred options. And while these days a lot of people meet online, apparently that’s not really the most preferred way of meeting people, with only 25% of people saying they’d rather meet someone through a dating app. 

Source: Yahoo Finance

After stressing through a job interview, and then being offered the gig, you probably think it’s time to relax, but if you do you may wind up with a salary you are unhappy with. Most jobs these days will note that salary is negotiable, but it turns out, not enough people are actually doing any negotiating. 

A new survey by Robert Half finds that only 39% of people actually tried to negotiate a higher salary with their last job offer, and not surprising, gender and age play a role in whether or not there was negotiating going on. The survey finds that 46% of men say they negotiated a higher salary, while only 34% of women did. As for age, those 18 to 34 are more likely to have negotiated (45%), as compared to those 35 to 54 (40%) and 55 or older (30%). 

And apparently where you live can also play a huge role in whether you’re up for negotiating. Overall, folks in New York were most likely to say they negotiated their salary (55%), followed by Dallas (51%) and San Francisco (50%), while folks in Indianapolis were least likely to do any negotiating (24%), followed by Minneapolis (26%).

Source: Robert Half

With all the prepackaged romantic clichés out there, Valentine’s Day date ideas can all start to sound the same. But if you’re looking for a creative way to spend the holiday with your true love or the cutie you just started seeing, here are some non-cheesy ideas for different types of couples.

For the homebodies - Why sit through a long, expensive dinner when you’re more happy at home? You don’t have to go out to make Valentine’s Day romantic with these ideas:

  • Plan a movie marathon of your favorite films as a couple
  • Have a spa night and pamper each other, you could even order in a massage
  • Create an at-home scavenger hunt, making each clue an inside joke or nod to something you’ve shared as a couple

For the adventure seekers - Celebrate Valentine’s Day doing something that excites you adrenaline junkies:

  • Have a picnic at a lookout point and bring a telescope if its a starry night.
  • Try a new experience, like an escape room.
  • Book a hotel with a spa for the night or go camping, if you’re into roughing it.

For the culture buffs - Explore your local culture scene this Valentine’s Day by trying one of these:

  • Tour the best galleries or art exhibits in your area.
  • Check out the best theaters, museums, and cafes you’ve enjoyed as a couple. Bonus points for those who plan ahead and bring a little gift to each location.
  • Surprise your sweetie with tickets to a concert or show you both want to see.

For the foodies - If you and your Valentine love food, celebrate with a food-centric evening:

  • Plan a dessert hop to your favorite spots and order one thing at each place.
  • Make a meal from scratch together, and don’t forget good wine and good tunes.
  • Pull out all the stops to get a reservation at the hot new spot your S.O. is dying to try. It doesn’t have to be on February 14, just print out the confirmation so they can start looking forward to the future date.

Source: My Domaine

It’s still the first week of February, but brides getting married this fall might already be bickering about bookings for the most popular wedding date of the year. It seems everyone wants to get married in early fall and on one day in particular. The top wedding date for the year is October 20, 2018.

It turns out almost all of the year’s most popular wedding dates are in early fall, according to wedding registry site Zola. They reviewed thousands of wedding registries to find the top 10 dates couples want to say “I do” and some college football fans who have to attend these nuptials aren’t going to be to happy about them happening on game days.

Brides must really like the crisp weather in the fall because every single Saturday in October makes the top 10 list for most popular wedding dates of the year, and September is packed with wedding dates, too. These are the top 10 dates for weddings in 2018:

  1. Saturday, October 20, 2018
  2. Saturday, August 18, 2018
  3. Saturday, October 13, 2018
  4. Saturday, September 29, 2018
  5. Sunday, September 2, 2018
  6. Saturday, September 8, 2018
  7. Saturday, September 22, 2018
  8. Saturday, October 6, 2018
  9. Saturday, September 15, 2018
  10. Saturday, October 27, 2018

Source: Southern Living

Even if you were never anxious before you became a mom, being in charge of a small human flips a switch turning on all our worries, concerns and fears. And some of that is healthy, but too much of it can take over your life and that’s not good for anyone. So here are some ways to quiet your mom anxiety and help you cope with the stress of parenting.

  • Don't read every parenting book - There’s way too much information out there so you’re better off only reading something that interests you and trusting your instincts.
  • Write it down - Keep a journal to address your fears and how to conquer them.
  • Take long, deep breaths - When you need to calm down ASAP, a few deep inhales and exhales can change your body’s energy in a hurry.
  • Wipe "perfection" from your vocabulary - Nobody’s got time for that and you are already enough!
  • Keep your space serene - Your environment has a big effect on your outlook, so keep the music calm, your voice low and the energy peaceful.
  • Read your body's cues - Put down the coffee and drink more water, exhausted mama. Get outside for fresh air, vitamin D, and exercise. And try to get as much sleep as you can, but you don’t need us to tell you that!
  • Make self-care a daily ritual - Prioritize taking care of yourself, even if that just means squeezing in a shower or finding 10 minutes to do yoga.
  • Take up a hobby - Find something to help distract your mind and use your energy on instead of worrying. Take those tennis lessons you always wanted to or learn to knit or speak Italian, anything that makes you happy.
  • Find your tribe - You’re not alone, it just feels like that sometimes. Look for a support system and feel the strength in numbers. Ask for help when you need it and take it when it’s offered. No one can do it alone!
  • Organize your time - Write everything down so you feel more in control about the future and less anxious.

Source: PopSugar

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