What do we talk about when we talk about Date Me docs, a kind of wiki to the human soul? On the one hand, none of this is new. The desire to find a mate, or just fornicate, has launched a thousand apps over the past two decades. Both Facebook and YouTube started out as versions of “Hot or Not.” But Date Me docs are uniquely paradoxical. For one, they’re not apps. The whole idea gestures towards a post-dating-app future. But the tech itself is basic. Put another way, the authors of the Date Me docs are optimizing for partnership, but some of the docs themselves feel more akin to a Craigslist post than the whiz-bang future of, I don’t know, sex in VR.https://www-wired-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.wired.com/story/date-me-google-docs-and-the-hyper-optimized-quest-for-love/amp
The U.S. birth rate fell 4% in 2020, the largest single-year decrease in nearly 50 years, according to a government report. The government noted a 1% uptick in U.S. births last year, but the number of babies born was still lower than before the coronavirus pandemic: about 86,000 fewer than in 2019.https://apnews.com/article/covid-health-millennials-fcaa60313baf717312c6e68f12eb53ff
Younger and middle-aged men are the loneliest they’ve been in generations, and it’s probably going to get worse. This is not my typical rosy view of relationships but a reality nonetheless. Over the last 30 years, men have become a larger portion of that growing group of long-term single people. And while you don’t actually need to be in a relationship to be happy, men typically are happier and healthier when partnered.https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-state-our-unions/202208/the-rise-lonely-single-men
‘It’s become lonelier’: Britons cut back on socializing as cost of living soars Five people describe how rising costs are affecting their ability to spend time with family and friendshttps://amp-theguardian-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/amp.theguardian.com/business/2022/aug/24/its-become-lonelier-britons-cut-back-on-socialising-as-cost-of-living-soars
Mr. Kondo is one of thousands of people in Japan who have entered into unofficial marriages with fictional characters in recent decades, served by a vast industry aimed at satisfying the every whim of a fervent fan culture. Tens of thousands more around the globe have joined online groups where they discuss their commitment to characters from anime, manga and video games.
Using the tiny, battery-free brain implant device, the team were able to program and deprogram mice to socially interact with each other in real-time. When two or more mice had their devices switched on, they interacted much more than usual, and when the device was switched off, the opposite effect was nearly immediate. Read more
When Grown-Ups Have Imaginary Friends https://nyti.ms/3eTjSkL