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Evolution, Biology, and the Media’s Influence on Gender

Regardless of whether I’m in a good mood, I always turn to my favorite movies and tv shows for comfort. Gilmore Girls got me through my first round of midterms, Under the Tuscan Sun comforted me after a member of my family passed, and The Little Mermaid still gives me that light hearted feeling I …

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2 Ways RomComs Influence Self Esteem

My first memories of a romantic comedy comes from The Wedding Planner when Jennifer Lopez gets her heel stuck in a grate as a dumpster speeds toward her and Matthew McConaughey pushes her to safety. From McConaughey picking out brown M&Ms at Golden Gate Park to the final wedding scene, four year old me fell …

Finding Love with Millions Watching

A bowl of buttery popcorn, my cousin’s couch, and The Bachelor add up to our typical Monday nights. We look forward to the drama revolving around group dates and challenges that act as an escape from the stresses of the day. As much as we love the idea of reality dating shows, we aren’t always …

You, Me, and Tech Makes Three: Technology and Social Media’s Role in Today’s Relationships

With the integration of technology in our media-driven world, it has become the third person in modern relationships. Ways to meet potential soul mates and hookups have expanded dramatically with the popularization of Tinder, Bumble, Hinge, Match, etc. The accessibility of these sites, both in terms of who can access and how is what I …

Why Smiling Habits Range From Country to Country

Real vs Fake Smiles Guillaume Duchenne, a French physician who studied facial expressions in the nineteenth century, concluded that the difference between genuine and fake smiles lie in voluntary and involuntary muscle contractions. Certain stimuli reach a threshold in which the brain sends a message to the zygomatic major causing it to contract, pulling the …