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Tokyo Is Giving a 'Gentle Push' to People Looking for Love

Japanese city to launch a dating app to help with the 'marriage hunting' process

(Newser) - In Japan, where birth rates are low , it's not unusual to see local governments hosting matchmaking events to encourage people to hook up and start a family. Now, the country's capital is taking things a step further and launching a dating app, expected to be released this summer,...

Stats Say Love on 'The Bachelor' Lacks Staying Power

After 40 seasons, including spinoff 'The Bachelorette,' only 8 couples stuck together

(Newser) - Of the 40 couples joined by a final rose on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette series, not too many have gone on to live in marital bliss. Per the New York Times , only eight are still together, a paltry 20% success rate. And while a new spin on the franchise,...

Bumble Tries to Appeal to 'Frustrated' Customers, Has to Apologize

Dating app says sorry for billboards slamming celibacy

(Newser) - Dating app Bumble got stung after running billboard ads that appeared to sneer at celibacy as an alternative to meeting people online. On Monday, the company backtracked and apologized for billboards that bore the message "You know full well a vow of celibacy is not the answer," juxtaposed...

Doctor Who Allegedly Poisoned Wife Quickly Hopped on Bumble

Search warrant seeks access to his data from the dating site

(Newser) - Poison specialist Connor Bowman is accused of fatally poisoning his 32-year-old wife last summer, and a new warrant filed Tuesday in the case reveals details of his alleged behavior on a dating app around the time of her death, CBS News reports. An autopsy showed Betty Bowman died on Aug....

The First Move on Bumble Is Anyone's Game Now

It's no longer required that women make initial contact after a match is made on the dating app

(Newser) - Ladies, the pressure is off. Women who are reluctant to make the first move after matching with someone on Bumble can now sit back and wait for their potential partner to send an initial message. The dating app's new "Opening Moves" feature allows women to create a question...

A Crazy Number of Japanese People Under 50 Never Dated

A third of younger adults are opting out of the dating pool

(Newser) - Romantic love has lost its appeal to a growing number of younger adults in Japan, where a record number of people under 50 have shrugged off dating. A recent survey, according to the Japan Times , found that a third of Japanese people in their 20s through 40s have never dated,...

Love Is Blind Contestant Sues Over 'Walking Red Flag' Fiance

Renee Poche alleges that Netflix reality dating show forced her to stay with 'abusive' partner

(Newser) - Love may be blind, but according to a former contestant who competed on a Netflix reality show based on that concept, it's producers who turned a blind eye to her "abusive" matchup. People reports on a new lawsuit filed by Renee Poche, who competed on Season 5 of...

This City Is Your Best Prospect for Love

Seattle is No. 1 on WalletHub's list of cities friendly to singles

(Newser) - Looking for love in all the wrong places? If you're been striking out, you might just need to relocate to a more amenable place. WalletHub tries to suss out which US cities are best for singles, looking at more than 180 of the nation's largest cities across nearly...

Here's One 'Dorky' Way to Make Better Love Matches

'Date-me docs' are online shareable documents that are similar to newspaper personal ads of yore

(Newser) - If you're not getting the quality matches you want on your dating apps of choice, you might want to try something a little more "dorky." The New York Times reports on the trend of "date-me docs," shareable and view-only online documents (some with just text,...

Love Seems to Be in the Air for Tom Brady

Ex-NFL quarterback has reportedly 'been in touch' with model Irina Shayk for a 'few weeks'

(Newser) - Tom Brady is neighbors with his ex, Gisele Bundchen, but he may not be popping over to borrow eggs and sugar anytime soon. That's because his time has apparently been occupied of late with a rumored new romantic interest: Russian model Irina Shayk, who was previously linked with actor...

He Got Engaged. Cops Say She Went to 'Online Killers Market'

Tennessee woman accused of hiring hit man to take out wife of man she'd met on

(Newser) - A Tennessee woman has been arrested after cops say she tried to hire a hit man to take out the wife of a guy she'd met through a dating site. ABC News reports that 47-year-old Melody Sasser allegedly sent about $10,000 in bitcoin to a dark web site...

Tycoon's Date With Jane Fonda Did Not Go How He Planned

90-year-old Richard Lugner invited her to Vienna Opera Ball, she 'went rogue'

(Newser) - For more than three decades, Richard Lugner has been cajoling famous women—Pamela Anderson, Ivana Trump, Goldie Hawn—to accompany him to the Vienna Opera Ball, and he's still going strong in this tradition at age 90. This year, however, the building contractor managed to recruit what Euronews calls...

Looks Like Bill Gates Found Love Again

Microsoft founder is apparently dating Paula Hurd, widow of late Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd

(Newser) - If you ever wondered whom Bill Gates would end up with after his divorce from Melinda French Gates, we apparently have our preliminary answer: Paula Hurd, the 60-year-old widow of late co-CEO Mark Hurd. The two were spotted courtside last month at the Australian Open men's final, reports People ...

Cops: Torture Suspect Is Using Chilling Way to Avoid Capture
Cops: Standoff With
Torture Suspect 'Resolved'

Cops: Standoff With Torture Suspect 'Resolved'

Oregon police say Benjamin Foster has been taken into custody

(Newser) - A standoff on Tuesday involving a man suspected in a violent kidnapping in Oregon who was barricaded underneath a home has been “resolved,” police said, per the AP . Grants Pass Police Lt. Jeff Hattersley told KTVL-TV Tuesday evening that Benjamin Obadiah Foster, 36, was underneath the house in...

This Is the Best City in America if You're Single

Seattle tops WalletHub's ranking, and there are plenty of other options across the US

(Newser) - Looking for love these days can be tough. Along with people still exercising caution over COVID and prices spiking due to inflation, the dating scene can prove challenging all around. To help take that unintended sting out of Cupid's arrow, WalletHub put 182 cities across the US under the...

Cher Defends Apparent New Beau: 'Haters Are Gonna Hate'

76-year-old singer, actress seems to be dating Amber Rose's ex, 36-year-old Alexander Edwards

(Newser) - TMZ was the first to start the whispers about a potential new beau for Cher, after the 76-year-old singer and actress was spotted last week in West Hollywood holding hands with Def Jam exec Alexander Edwards, the 36-year-old ex-partner of model Amber Rose. The rumor mill ramped up even...

Modern Dating Is Awful, and It's Time to Fix It
Modern Dating Is Awful,
and It's Time to Fix It

Modern Dating Is Awful, and It's Time to Fix It

Essay in 'New York Times' suggests going retro in 3 fundamental ways

(Newser) - The advent of online dating should in theory have made it so much easier for people to find partners. Then why are so many suffering from what Michal Leibowitz calls "dating app burnout" in a New York Times essay? By that, she means countless "dead-end interactions" despite an...

Here's a Novel Idea for a First Date

Tennessee couple allegedly broke into church to play the piano

(Newser) - Technically, a young couple in Hendersonville, Tenn., didn’t really "break in" to a church, even though they've admitted to doing so. As surveillance video shows, the door to the Indian Lake Peninsula Church was actually unlocked. Police say the two were on their first date, and they...

It's the Opposite of Online Dating, and It May Be Working

Japanese city of Miyazaki expanding its love-letter program after early success

(Newser) - A Japanese city's decidedly low-tech venture into matchmaking appears to be working. Authorities in Miyazaki will expand their experiment involving handwritten love letters after numbers exceeded expectations, reports AFP . Those numbers are relatively small for now: About 450 people, mostly in their 20s and 30s, signed up for the...

Romance Scammer Posed With Wads of Cash in Photos

New Jersey's Rubbin Sarpong is sentenced to 14 years in prison

(Newser) - A New Jersey man just got sentenced to 14 years in prison over an online scam in which he tricked about 40 women on dating websites into sending him money. Prosecutors say one of the women killed herself after wiring him $93,000 and realizing she'd been duped, reports...

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