Like many beautiful, single girls her age, 24-year-old Sunny Xu has received lots of advice from friends and family about dating. A native of Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, she has met a few boys online. Although their profiles appeared impressive - good-looking, similar age and stable salary - they did not quite measure up in the flesh. "Some of them don't know how to find a proper topic to start the conversation," said Xu. "One time, someone asked why my online replies were slow - which was rude and irritating." Finding a good match in life is an age-old problem and online dating is merely the latest innovation to try and ease the process. Today, there are websites for every age group and sexual orientation. It is now easy to cross an ocean for love but finding a true match, a genuine soul mate remains as hard as ever. That is why many now think artificial intelligence (AI) can lend a helping hand - by connecting people more accurately based on their personality, preferences and … [Read more...] about Unlucky in love? Try an AI dating coach or DNA matchmaking
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I agree with Michael Setter that China was a living hell for the previous two centuries. My father told me how our ancestors suffered starvation, harassment by Western aggressors, and effective banishment from areas of many cities via high rents and signs that read “Chinese and dogs not allowed”. Meanwhile they were subject to “justice” doled out by Western aggressors’ judges, and forced to be a free-trade zone for poisonous opium. The list is endless. But in the past few decades, China has changed from a poor country to one of plenty. We can see Chinese tourists flooding into destinations all around the world. Progress in the economy, industry and most other things in this world is being made by Chinese. Prominent examples include an extensive network of high-speed trains, modern commercial aircraft and warplanes, the world’s longest tunnel-and-bridge from the mainland to Hong Kong, satellite-communication stations on mobile sea platforms, and … [Read more...] about China was hell for decades – but it’s a living paradise now!
Welp, it took some time, but it’s finally here. Shut an eye to Facebook’s ongoing troubles in the realm of privacy, data breaches and other Menlo Park shenanigans; the social media giant is diving further into the love lives of its users. Facebook’s own dating service — plainly called Facebook Dating — has now rolled out across 14 more countries, including Singapore. Launched last year, the dating platform was first introduced to Facebook users in Colombia, Canada and Thailand, before moving on to Mexico and Argentina earlier this month. Coinciding with Facebook’s F8 conference today, Facebook Dating has now expanded to Southeast Asia and South America, totalling 19 countries where the romance-finding service is available. It’s probably worth noting that the service isn’t even available in the United States right now, but from what we’ve gathered, it seems like they’re trying to test it out in as many countries as possible … [Read more...] about Facebook Dating goes live in Singapore — here’s what you need to know about the feature
A recent psychology study caught my eye because the interpretation seemed bizarre, and possibly misguided. The study involved a survey of several hundred newlywed heterosexual couples, which included a test to see if they were so-called maximizers, who can’t settle for anything but the perfect choice, or satisficers, who can, as the word implies, be satisfied with something that suffices. And lo and behold, the satisficers were pretty happy with their spouses, but the maximizers were only happy, for the time being, if they had attractive wives (as judged by the researchers) or rich husbands. The way the researchers seemed to be interpreting their result, published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, was that male maximizers should marry beautiful women, and female ones should marry rich men. Does this mean that even people who were really holding out for someone fun and intelligent should settle for rich or good-looking? Or is it assuming that money and looks are all … [Read more...] about Don’t date a perfectionist; they won’t settle for you
AKCAKALE, Turkey — Like thousands of other Syrian refugees, Shakar Rudani worked last summer in Turkey’s Black Sea region, home to the largest concentration of hazelnut farms in the world. He arrived in August, expecting that he and his six sons, ages 18-24, would earn the equivalent of a few thousand dollars. He left in late September with little more than a firm resolution: to never return again. The work was arduous and risky. Because the terrain is filled with steep inclines, his sons spent much of their time attached by ropes to rocks, a precaution against a potentially fatal fall. Worse, the pay was $10 a day, half the rate promised by the middleman who had pitched him the job. “We made just enough to cover the cost of getting there and getting back,” said Rudani, a sun-baked 57-year-old who lives in a Turkish village on the Syrian border. “Plus our living expenses. We returned with nothing.” About 70 percent of all hazelnuts come from Turkey, … [Read more...] about News Where Ferrero gets its hazelnuts, Syrian refugees eke out a living