Pretty Penetrations: How the Styles of Sex Toys Have Changed

Sex toys have come a long way—and that’s an understatement. Can you believe that once upon a time, sex toys were made with men in mind? As you’ll see, they weren’t marketed to women until the late 1900s. Let’s take a look at where we started to gauge how far we’ve come.

Treating Hysteria

Rumors persist that, in the late 1800s, Dr. Joseph Mortimer Granville came up with an electric-powered vibrator that was used to treat women for hysteria. While it’s true that Dr. Granville invented a vibrator, and while it’s also true that doctors in the United States and in France made use of the “Manipulator” — a vibrating device powered by steam — no evidence exists to suggest that any doctors ever used these tools to masturbate hysterical women. Pop culture still clings to the idea. See the movie “Hysteria” for proof, or read “The Road to Wellville.” What we do know, however, is that electric or steam-powered, these inventions forged the way for modern adult toys.

What’s odd is that Granville’s invention was used primarily for men. It was used to treat issues such as constipation, headaches, indigestion, irritability, and general pain. Over time, it was even used to help men with sexual dysfunction.

A Penetrative Panacea

By the 1900s, vibrators had undergone a bit of rebranding. That is to say, after the American Medical Association decried early vibrators as delusional, basically calling them scams, inventors, manufacturers, and makers of vibrators flipped the switch. They advertised their products publicly but claimed that they were “home appliances” that could be enjoyed by women and men. Their ads were somewhat cheeky. In addition to claiming that vibrators were capable of curing malaria, wrinkles, and a host of other problems, they slyly touted their ability to please buyers, especially women, sexually. That was a bold choice since, at the time, masturbation was seen as evil and shameful.

Great to Be Alive

Around the 1920s, vibe makers changed the game again. Where before, men were primarily targeted, now women were the marketable audience. The Polar Cub was considered a beauty product that could restore youthful beauty and vitality to a woman’s face … and beyond. The toy resembled a beauty buffer that could polish the face. It was a hand-held device that looked a bit like a small hairdryer. It led other companies, such as Sears, to come up with a vibrator of their own.

The Magic Wand

With the sexual liberation of the 1960s and 1970s came a whole new world of vibrators. Around that time, Oster and Panasonic came up with massaging wands and “back massagers” that plugged into the wall. These powerful wands soon made way for the Hitachi Magic Wand, which is still a firm favorite.

Rabbit Rabbit

That brings us to the 1980s. During that decade, the famed rabbit vibes finally emerged. These toys were designed specifically for women, something you can easily see from the shape of the toy. A clitoral stimulator, shaped like bunny ears, worked in tandem with the vibrating shaft. Rabbit-style vibes are still popular. What do you think about the history of sex toys? Do any of these facts surprise you?

Psychic Soulmate Readings Explained By a Psychic Advisor

Recently, I have become more and more interested in psychic readings. Recently, a close friend participated in a soulmate psychic reading session. She sought advice from a psychic advisor for relationship advice. She came out of the meeting fulfilled and in peace.

Impressed by the session’s effects, I decided to dig deeper into the subject. So I decided to interview ladyoftheleif, a psychic who does this kind of readings. I asked her all the basic questions to understand how it works and what we should expect from soulmate psychic reading.

What Is a Psychic Reading?

Psychic readings are attempts to discern information using tools of divination like cards or crystal balls. One of the most popular forms of psychic readings right now are tarot readings.

What Are Questions to Ask a Psychic About a Soulmate?

We are all looking for love right? People have used divination for centuries to help them find “the one.” When consulting a psychic or other diviners about a soulmate connection it’s important to consult someone you trust (you can feel it) but it is also extremely important to be intentional about your questions.

It may seem a little counterintuitive at first, but I always urge clients to ask questions that are “self centered.” This means asking questions like: “What do I need to know about my love life?” or “What can I do to accept the love coming into my life?” Sometimes when we get answers that are inconclusive in a reading it’s due to trying to read other people’s energy instead of focusing on what is happening in our own energetic field.

Can a Psychic Tell You if Someone Is Your Soulmate?

I have done readings before where I would get two archetypal counterparts that would come out in the same spread. When that happens in a spread it usually indicates that the two people in question are in alignment with each other. I’ve even done repeat readings where the same two cards would come out multiple times. If you consult a reader who uses Oracle in addition to tarot, the oracle cards could also give more insight to the connection. I personally have an oracle deck specifically for love readings that have given me insights on deception, or when your partner simply needs a moment to themselves.

Keep in mind though, it is a popular belief that people can have multiple soulmates in their lives. Our friends can even be soulmates and if you have ever experienced a “best friend” connection then you can most likely attest to that theory. Your reader may be able to read if your relationship is in alignment but just because a person is a “soulmate” it doesn’t mean that the relationship will have longevity or that the relationship is healthy.

Can a Psychic Tell You if Your Ex Is Your Soulmate?

If we are piggybacking off of the information from the previous section, yes your reader could possibly get clarity of what type of connection you had with your ex. Does this mean you should allow your ex to come back into your life? Maybe not.

I have done readings before where my client was represented by the Queen of Cups archetype. Her partner was represented by the Page of Cups. They were counterparts of the same suit, and they had physical compatibility and for the most part enjoyed each other’s company. After a breakup she asked me if he would return to her. I did see him coming back to her but I also saw that he would come back with nothing useful. In that same reading I saw a new energy entering the spread, it was a knight (who is older and more mature than a page) and he had more to offer her emotionally AND physically.

For me, this new energy was better suited to her, so as her reader I felt that it was important to prepare her to receive something newer and healthier rather than waiting around for a relationship that was good, but had run its course. Like clockwork, her ex lover did return (because they always come back right?) and he was the same as he was before he left. There are cases where ex lovers come back with more love to offer, this can be indicated in the reading as well.

So, A Psychic Can Tell You If You’ve Already Met Your Soulmate?

Short answer: yes. I’ve seen in a reading before where my client already knew their romantic soulmate who was an old friend who had recently reconnected with them. This old friend’s energy in the spread indicated that they’d come back with a love offering and because the two were already friends, their transition into romance was easier.

This is also a case where it is wise to be intentional with your questions because your reader could pick up on a soulmate connection that has perhaps run its course if you are focused on an ex. Remember we have multiple soulmates so keep your energy present and specific. A good question to ask would be “What do I need to know about my current relationship?”

Can a Psychic See Your Soulmate?

So I’ve seen a lot of hype lately about “psychics” claiming to be able to “draw” your soulmate. 1. I’ve never seen a positive review of that and 2. If we believe that we have multiple soulmates and we order a drawing of what is essentially a random person, we actually would be shutting ourselves off from love and limiting possible positive experiences based off of something as arbitrary as looks.

So, Can a Psychic Help Me Find My Soulmate?

If you are curious of where your soulmate or potential partner may be, a psychic could definitely give you a read on what they’re up to. I’ve had clients ask me about how they will meet their soulmates or what their soulmate is doing, and I’ve been able to point them in the right direction that way. You’d be surprised at how often we meet soulmates through work, or through involving ourselves in the hobbies we already have. The Divine is always looking to meet us halfway. We also have to remember that our soulmates have their own life paths too! Sometimes they are working to develop themselves as well which is nice to think about.

What is a Psychic Connection Between Soulmates?

“Psychic connection” sounds fancy and mysterious but honestly the connection you have with a soulmate is something you feel and you just know. As I stated before, a good reader or diviner will help you get in tune with your intuition. In my writing about the divine I always want things to be as practical as possible as to not confuse or intimidate my clients.

Are you in tune with this person’s emotions? Do you and this person communicate well? Does this person communicate with you? Can you tell when this person is withholding intimacy or communication? These are all indicators of your connection, but again, these indicators don’t mean things will last forever.

What are the Types of Soulmate Specialists

People have been using divinity to find love for hundreds of years so of course there are many practitioners who will be able to help you. Right now you will most easily be able to find Tarot readers who specialize in love readings. There are also Oracle readers, Intuitive readers (who may use bones, tea leaves, candles, or crystals) to do readings. Also if you are interested in spell work which is arguably more risky and expensive, witches, priestesses/and priests could also aid you in doing spellwork to advance your connection with your soulmate.

How To Prepare for a Psychic Soulmate Reading

The best way to prepare for your Psychic Soulmate Reading is to keep an open mind. Remember, if you have a reader you trust they want the best for you. Your reader may find that someone who will fulfill your heart’s desires is nearby but you may have to let someone go first. Your reading may even indicate the need to do shadow work in order to come into union with a romantic soulmate.

We all want love and it is perfectly normal and beneficial to seek guidance from diviners just as our ancestors have done before us, but magic and divination is often more practical than you’d think. Get in tune with your desires, be open to receiving, and get ready to receive love of all kinds.

Signs They Aren’t in the Relationship for the Right Reasons

Is your relationship on the right track? It’s sometimes hard to tell. That said, you deserve to know whether your partner is committed to you. A relationship can only prosper when both parties are in things for the love and happiness your situation brings you. You’re wasting your time otherwise.

Here are seven signs that may indicate your partner isn’t in the relationship for the right reasons.

1. They Don’t Pay Their Fair Share

If you’re in a relationship where your partner wants and chooses to pay for everything, you won’t need to read this point. However, it’s more likely you and your partner contribute somewhat equally when it comes to finances. What happens when they don’t put up their fair share?

You don’t want to jump to conclusions that your partner is a gold digger. That said, you do need to have a conversation. It’s not uncommon for situations like these to spiral out of control — and it’s not your responsibility to pay for their rent, food and gas.

In other words, you need to have a conversation with them if they tend to “leech” from your hard work. If they don’t want to split financial responsibilities fairly, it’s time to focus on yourself.

2. They Can’t Be Single for Too Long

Have you ever heard someone say they don’t like to be single? Many people feel like they have to be in a relationship for various reasons. They might fear loneliness. In different cases, they could need a boost for their self-esteem.

This prospect can lead to issues between you and your partner. There’s a chance they’ll stay in your relationship for longer than they should even when things begin to fall apart. That’s unhealthy for everyone involved and can lead to some very codependent tendencies.

It’s not your responsibility to stay in your relationship because your partner can’t cope when they’re single. The same idea applies to you, too. If you find yourself staying despite your relationship failing, you need to learn how to be happy when you’re alone.

3. They’ve Bonded With Your Family or Friends

If you’ve been with your partner for a while, you’ve likely met each other’s family and friends. You may have even created some great friendships with them. Those bonds will make your own relationship go more smoothly. That said, they can have a few downsides.

Understandably, you don’t want to lose connections when your relationship ends. Will you still be best friends with your ex’s sister after you break up? That question may linger long enough for you to stay in your relationship for the wrong reasons.

If you’ve truly formed genuine bonds, they should stay with you even after you and your partner part ways.

4. They Don’t Want to Let Go of the Past

A long and storied history can be a solid foundation for a relationship. However, if you’re on the brink of ending things, it can also be a reason one of you sticks around for too long. There’s a difference between a six-month relationship and one that’s lasted three or four years.

Your shared past may have a lot of moments worth remembering. That said, you can’t let those memories cloud your vision. If you want to reevaluate your future together, you should. It’s never smart to stay with someone only because you spent so many years with one another.

5. They’re Focused on Appearances

This point is essentially a compliment to yourself! In all seriousness, you don’t want your partner to only be with you because of your looks. They need to be invested in who you are as a person. That’s the central factor that drives any lasting relationship. After all, looks eventually fade.

You may notice that this sentiment extends to other superficial qualities. Maybe you have an awesome apartment or car that you share with your partner. If they concentrate on appearances in any form, you need to reevaluate why they’re in a relationship with you. The future of your relationship may not be successful otherwise.

6. They’re Only Happy in the Bedroom

Intimacy is a vital part of most healthy romantic relationships. It’s necessary to have sexual chemistry with your partner if that’s important to both of you. However, you can’t rely on physicality to support you both mentally and emotionally.

If your partner only seems happy when you’re in the bedroom, you need to reflect on other aspects of your relationship. That attraction to one another can blind you from seeing red flags that would’ve otherwise been apparent. You both need to have something more significant than just intimacy to be happy.

7. They Really Want to Start a Family or Get Married

It’s common to want kids. In fact, you may feel like you haven’t lived a complete life unless you start a family. However, there’s a fine line that you may reach as you age. If you haven’t yet had children, you could subconsciously be looking for a partner only for them to be a co-parent.

The same sentiment can happen with marriage. There are societal expectations for people, mainly women, to get married and start families before they’re “too old.” Your partner may feel like you’re a solution to that underlying desire.

As a result, you need to talk about your expectations.

These Tells Can Indicate They Aren’t Genuine

There’s no denying that relationships aren’t easy. If your partner doesn’t seem to want you for you, it’s time to reevaluate why they’re with you. You’ll save yourself time — and heartache — in the long run.

Text by Mia Barnes

Mia Barnes is a lifestyle writer with 2+ years of experience writing about healthy relationships. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of Body+Mind.

7 Ways to Help Your Significant Other Through Addiction

Addiction can be a difficult journey for anyone, and it can be heart wrenching to watch someone you love go through it. When that person is your partner, you may have a particularly difficult time watching them go through the trials and tribulations of their addiction up close. While you can’t magically fix everything for them, you can be there as a supportive presence to help them on their way to and through recovery.

Helping a significant other through their addiction is about creating a delicate balance of support, care, understanding and boundaries. Ultimately, this is their life, and nobody has the power to change their situation for them — not even you, no matter how much you love them. But every mental health professional will tell you that a support system is crucial in the recovery process. When you decide to fully be there for your partner and stand by them throughout their journey, it can mean the world.

Whether you’re just getting started in your understanding or you have past experiences with supporting someone through addiction, there are a few things to keep in mind to be the best partner you can be throughout this process. Here are a few ways you can help your partner through addiction:

1. Avoid Judging or Shaming

Unfortunately, there’s a stigma around addiction and those struggling with it. Perhaps you have been influenced by those opinions, or you might have past experiences that led you to see addiction in a shameful or negative way. Regardless of your past misconceptions, it’s important to remember that addiction is a disease your partner suffers from, not a reason to blame, judge or shame them. Just like you wouldn’t blame someone for chronic pain or diabetes, addiction functions the same way.

2. Educate Yourself

If you don’t know much about addiction, your partner’s specific condition or the way it functions in their life, it can help to get educated on the subject. If your partner recommends any materials that represent their experiences well, you can start with those. If not, you can always read up on the basics so you can understand how addiction works a bit better than before. You won’t learn everything in one go, though — education is always an ongoing process.

3. Avoid Enabling

Enabling is often defined as engaging in behavior that directly or indirectly encourages or makes it possible for a person to continue using drugs. While this can take many forms, it can often result in doing things for your partner that they could do for themselves if they were sober. 

While it’s important to have a degree of care and trust in the relationship, behaviors like denying they have a problem, bailing them out of trouble, enduring the addiction and thinking things will get better on their own are all examples of enabling. 

4. Support Them in Their Treatment

Different people will need different treatments to help them recover from their addictions, and supporting your partner in their treatment journey is a great way to make sure you’re encouraging positive development. Sometimes, taking the steps toward treatment can be hard for the person who’s suffering. Offering to go with them to therapy, helping them find a program that works for them or searching for support groups together is a great way to lead them toward recovery.

5. Avoid Going It Alone

As their significant other, you might be your partner’s main supporter and confidant. Even if you find yourself in the central role of their support system, you shouldn’t take on all the responsibilities of being in their corner by yourself. Reach out to other friends, family members and loved ones who you know care deeply about your partner and encourage them to take an active role in their healing.

6. Listen to Them

Sometimes, those suffering from addiction can feel alone, unworthy or helpless. They can feel like life is happening all around them without much regard for their feelings or emotional state. That’s part of why listening attentively is crucial for helping your partner through addiction and for overall healthy relationship communication. Ask them how they are every day and truly listen to how they’re feeling. Engage with them about their struggles, thoughts and feelings. That way, they’ll feel heard, and you can understand them better.

7. Set Boundaries

While setting boundaries can be hard, it’s also necessary for any relationship — especially one where a partner is struggling with addiction. Even though you may find yourself in a more giving and supportive role through this process, remember that your needs, desires and comfort still matter. 

Just as your partner’s struggles aren’t cause to blame or shame them, these issues don’t give them a pass to disrespect you, treat you poorly or lie to you either. Stand your ground and prioritize your needs, too. It will make for a much healthier relationship where you can keep supporting one another.

Sticking by Them

Addiction will never be easy, but with the help of a support network that includes a caring, loving and supportive partner like you, your significant other can move toward recovery feeling loved and seen.

Author:

Mia Barnes

Mia Barnes

Mia Barnes is a lifestyle writer with 2+ years of experience writing about healthy relationships. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of Body+Mind.

Love in the Workplace – Maintaining Ideal Work-life Balance

“People are weird. When we find someone with a weirdness that is compatible with ours, we team up and call it love.”

– Dr. Seuss

This quote has not only been an inspiration for many but has also become more of a go-to line to justify falling in love at the most unexpected places. Love is a feeling which can blossom at any place without any intimation. Office romance, thus, is not at all uncommon. Several couples in today’s time have met because of work, and their relationships have turned out to become remarkably successful. This is true across industries and professions.

For example, we have seen celebrity couples falling in love with each other while making a cinema or a series and then getting married later after months of courtship! As a human being, what you are expected to do, at the end of it all, is to be open to the idea of love and not close yourself out of the surroundings to focus on work.

“You know what’s sexy? A real conversation!”

The atmosphere at most an office ends up having a group of single people with similar interests in a confined area to work together. According to psychology experts all over the world, it is not uncommon to fall in love with a co-worker when you are spending considerable time of your day with him or her, having open conversations, and working. Ever remember the feeling of seeing this one person at office everyday and feeling your heart beat faster? Or maybe the fact that you know every single dress the person owns and can even recognize them from a whiff of their perfume? That is exactly what I am talking about.

Most of you might not have everything in common, but the mind works in the weirdest ways. The communication and clarity of thoughts when you are working together is always a turn-on. If you are on the same team, celebratory lunch or dinner, and even parties can bring you closer to each other. If something like this happens, my advice? Go with the flow!

In a Relationship with a Co-Worker!

Once you are sure that this is the person you want to pursue, you need to ensure that the relationship doesn’t interfere with your professional life. You need to first see if the

person you have developed feelings for feels the same for you or not. IF and ONLY IF the answer is yes, you should go ahead with nurturing your feelings. Or else, you must discourage your heart from thinking about it or moving forward. You should also learn how to handle breakups gracefully.

A huge reason why office relationships are discouraged because most people think that it might affect the quality of work. Well, quite frankly, it is more about how you handle the situation than anything else. I have, thus, taken the liberty to jot down a few points, which can make such a relationship strong!

1. The Company Policies: There are a vast number of companies that prohibit dating a co-worker. So, make sure you double-check the company policies before you begin the relationship. Based on those same rules, you may also be asked to sign a contract and inform other co-workers about your relationship.

2. Certainty: Always know at the back of your mind that being in a relationship at the office is a big deal, and that is why you need to be certain that he or she is the one. Ask yourself if you are only attracted because of the intense project you are working on, or does the attraction carry forward to when you are together. Knowing the answers to these questions would help you make a decision that will ultimately affect your relationship.

3. Professionalism: We all know the butterflies of first love. We would want to constantly be around the person we love, touch them or look at them, and that might come in between your professional commitments. Maintaining the office decorum falls as a priority for both of you. Stealing moments where you are looking at each other is fine, but that must never come in between your work. Even if you are sitting beside each other or working on something together, you must not let the romance affect your work. If it, by any chance, ends up affecting your performance and it comes into sight of your peers, you might even be asked to break up or worse, leave the job.

4. Power Play: NEVER EVER BE BIASED! Always note that once your colleagues get a whiff of the fact that there is an office romance brewing, they will try their best to find out the bias in your work towards each other. Don’t let them fool you. That is why it is always recommended that you do not date someone in a higher-or-lower position (the chain of command/hierarchy), or else it might affect your work quo. However, since these things come unannounced, you might fall in love with someone in a different position, so just ensure that you have your professional and personal life apart.

Two Can Play a Game!

While you keep all of these things in mind when it comes to your professional stance, you would also have to live up to the expectations out of a relationship. Maintaining the ideal work/life balance is crucial, and you must learn the correct trick to the trade. You may often find both of you talking about the project you are working on at the office when you are alone. DO NOT LET THAT HAPPEN!

It is always recommended not to take office-work at home when it is not necessary. This can take a toll on your mental health and thereby hurt your relationship as well. Yes, if you are living together, discussing the project for some time as you return home is normal. But when you have only a limited time with each other after office, you would want to utilize the time to strengthen your bond as a couple.

You have to prioritize your responsibilities and divide your time equally. Make the most of the limited time you get with each other. Plan surprises for the other and see their reactions. You can also buy sex toys online and plan a beautiful night to make your relationship spicier.

What Happens in Office Stays in Office!

When you are thinking of making your bond more powerful, you must always remember a few things. The most common mistake made by people in an office romance is that of bringing their fight over a trivial office matter at home. NEVER DO THAT!

When you have logged off from your office and stepped out of the premises, you are a couple with other goals in life. You cannot let the feelings at office bring down the moments you were otherwise going to spend with your partner and vice versa. You cannot let a fight in your relationship manage the whole day you spend together at the office.

Understanding each other’s scope of work and the pressure that comes with it is crucial to ensure that the relationship is long-lasting. You cannot expect your partner to leave the office at the same time as you every day. Two separate individuals have their own set of work at the office, and their pressure might differ as well. Forcing your expectations on the other and telling them that when you could get off early, why not them is just not ethical in a relationship.

One of the significant benefits of an office romance is having someone to talk to at all times. In an office environment, it is not uncommon for people to feel bad or have a rough day. Being by your partner’s side and understanding their side of the story is what makes your relationship unique.

To summarize it all, office relationships are beautiful, and you need to be brave enough to surpass all unwanted comments and do what your heart desires. When you do, however, you need to see it to the end and make both your professional and personal life flourish with no complaints. Love is an excellent feeling, and you need to embrace it whenever cupid strikes!

Long Distance Relationship Based on our Google Search History

Some say we are the sum of our experiences; I think we’re the sum of our Google search history. Well, maybe not literally, but our search history tells a lot about ourself. Our questions, our doubts, our problems, we entrust it all to Google. That’s why I like Google Trends, Google’s tool to explore worldwide search trends and statistics.

Right now, I’m writing a lot about long-distance relationships (LDR). So, curious as I am, it was natural for me to use the tool to investigate what our searches have to say about LDRs.

How we used Google Trends to understand people’s concern about LDR

The popularity of search queries can tell a lot about different subjects in our society. LDR is an excellent example of a topic where our search history can reserve us some surprising insights.

Before we delve into my finding, first, we need to understand the popularity metric in Google Trends. Google Trends gives us an index on a 1-to-100 scale. This index is a relative metric. It indicates how popular something is compared to other similar things. 

Now, I know that this last sentence might sound too abstract for many. At least, it was for me when someone first tried to explain it to me. So, let’s use an example. In the geographic report, we have a list of states. Not surprisingly, in our case, it’s Hawaï that has the highest index for “long-distance relationship” with a score of 100/100. That doesn’t mean that there are more searches related to LDR in Hawaï than in other states. That means the ratio “LDR searches/All other unrelated searches” is the highest in this state.

The state where LDR searches are the least popular is New Hampshire, with a popularity index of 59. That means that, based on our search history, LDRs are almost half as popular in New Hampshire than it is in Hawaï, but the fact that it’s >50 means that it’s still more popular than most of other searches. 

Long-Distance Relationship Infographic

So, even if our little analysis is not scientific, it shows us some interesting insights. I’ll go in detail about each section, but first, here are the results in an infographic format. If you follow this link, you can view the interactive format where you can sort columns: https://datastudio.google.com/s/mb_5TAfzVvA.

Source: Google Trends

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What’s wrong about Kansas?

On the top-3 states where LDRs seems the most popular, you find the two non-continental states: Alaska and Hawaï. That’s not a surprise because… well, those states are afar. As the two remote states, people who either live in those states or migrated here for work has more chances to be involved in a long-distance relationship.

What’s stand out, however, is number two: Kansas. This big blue rectangle in the middle of the country. With a popularity index of 99, it’s well above the number 3: Alaska, standing at 85.

I’ve tried, with no success to find an explanation for it. If someone has an explanation, I would like to hear it! Don’t be shy and share it in the comments section.

All I know is that’s there was a big spike in LDRs related queries in 2015 in Kansas. I tried to figured out what what the cause, but nothing really stand out.

Related Searches

Topics

When we look at related searches, Google offers two ways to look at it. We can compare two different things. First, there’s the actual search query. That’s what you enter in the search bar. We will look at those later. Second, there are the related topics.

Google nests all the different search queries into various topics. Google Trends can show us the popularity of related topics. The higher is the index, the more people who searched about LDRs searched about those topics too.

Nothing is shocking here. With an index of 100, intimate relationship crushes all the other topics. What’s more interesting is the recent trending topics. That’s are the subjects that have shown a recent increase in their popularity.

What stands out is the rise of technology to help separate lovers to cope with the distance. In the last five years. topics such as bracelets, gadgets, and facetime show a recent surge in search volume. In the last five years, those searches are up to 7.5x more popular than five years before. Even more impressive is the rise of sex toys. With the invention of long-distance sex toys, sex toys and vibrators show a 4x and 6x increase. Vibration (which can include queries related to both sex toys and gadgets (like bracelets) is up to 16.5x.

However, the number one place is for the topic paragraph. You might wonder what the deal with a search topic like paragraph? I find it very interesting, and it shows us another aspect of how technology now shapes our relationships.

Searches that fall in this topic are queries that aim to help people write a paragraph to their love one. There was a time where love letters were well thought. Five years ago, we would still use our emotion as an inspiration for writing a love email. Now, we turn to Google to find a template, and we send it via our favorite messaging app.    

Querries

Now, we can look at actual querries. Here again, the related queries aren’t particularly interesting. What’s intriguing is the rising ones.

We can now see in detail what are the long-distance gadgets that have gained in popularity in the last five years. “Friendship lamps” (39.5x), “touch bracelets” (13.5x) and “distance bracelets” (8x) seem to be the new LDR devices that made a buzz.

Also rising is the “DDLG punishment for long distance relationship” querry. For those who do not know, DDLG is a form of a type of BDSM, or domination style, relationship. That, with the sex toy topics mark a trends toward sexual related querries for LDRs.

If we take a look at the breakout section (new rising topics that weren’t used five years ago), we can see that sexuality is at the heart of the rising topic. With querries involving “dirty talk” and “sexting,” we can see where the relation between technology and LDRs is heading.

Thanks to Mark Lafontaine for his help with Google Data Studio.

9 Tips to Survive a Long Distance Relationship

A long-distance relationship (LDR) can be like turbulent waters, but does it have to be? With the following tips, you can navigate these waters and come out unscathed.

Set couple goals

Any LDR will suffer without a well-defined purpose in view. What exactly are you both doing? At what relationship stage do you plan to be in say six months or one year? How long are you both going to be apart? A LDR without an end in sight to the distance cannot work.

Some types of relationships can survive “going with the flow” but not LDR; if both of you are not on the same page, it can’t work.

Decide boundaries

Many problems in relationships are associated with little or no boundaries set in place. You both need to discuss and answer questions like, are dates with other people allowed? Is this an open or exclusive relationship? And many other issues.

You will also need to discuss what infidelity and loyalty mean to you both.

Be honest with each other

It’s vital to be completely honest in a LDR; considering how fragile it is naturally, you don’t want to be poking holes in it with dishonesty. To be honest with your partner, you should first consider situations that may cause you to be dishonest, and seek to avoid such situations.

Don’t become boring

At some point, regardless of how much we love our partners, the chances are, we get bored with them. Getting bored in any relationship is the beginning of the end. At this junction, you do everything as an obligation and not because you want to.

Couples in long-distance relationships suffer this when they try to suffocate their lovers with attention and constant communication – even when they don’t have anything meaningful to talk about – in a bid to make up for the distance.

Try to spend time with family, friends, and colleagues. Having a life outside your relationship is healthy and can prevent you from getting paranoid or obsessed. 

Plan visits and vacations

Besides the ultimate end to the distance between you both, visits are usually the highlights of LDRs. You will probably spend weeks or months discussing and planning the visitation, knowing that every moment you have to spend together has to be special considering the length of time you spend apart.

The beauty of LDR is that simple things like hugs, holding hands, and kissing will mean so much more after a long period of abstinence.

To spice things up, you can both decide to meet at a neutral city with the time you have to spend together, and have a vacation or as it is now fondly called, “a baecation!”

Engage in similar activities

Regardless of the distance, participating in similar activities and keeping track of each other’s progress will help strengthen the bond between you and create more conversations to anticipate.

Now, the activities you share can be anything; it can be a hobby, a new TV series, or even a new book. Doing any of those at the same time, and discussing about them will also help to reduce the feeling of loneliness and seemingly shorten the emotional distance.

The key here is to choose activities you both enjoy.

Understand your partner’s schedule

Knowing your partner’s work schedule and itinerary can help you reach him without distracting him from work. This way, you don’t become a pest, which is a situation you’d want to avoid. Although goodnight and good morning texts should be the norm despite any schedules.

Take care of yourself 😉

Now, there’s one thing that we haven’t address. As humans, we all have our needs. If you’re in a monogamous LDR, there will be one need that will remains unfulfilled.

Let’s be honest, sex (or lack of) is one of the main downside of LDRs. One of the key success of long distance relationship is to be able to manage this urge. If you let your sexual desire put pressure on your relationship, it will be hard for both of you.

That’s why it’s important to take care of yourself. If possible, initiating yourself to sexting, sexy Skype session or even long-distance sex toys is a way to profit from intimate moment with your significant other. But it’s still advised to take your self game to the next level.

Don’t be shy to invest in your masturbation. That’s literally an investment in your relationship! Women might want to try an high-end vibrator or spend a bit more than usual for a quality dildo. Men, don’t be afraid to try toys too. You can check those Fleshlight reviews and buy a top male masturbator that will help you enjoy yourself.

Manage your expectations

For your mental health’s sake, it’s crucial that you manage your expectations from the beginning, and also adjust the expectations accordingly as the relationship progresses.

To properly do this, you should pay close attention to your partner and sense the unspoken words and get the cues. Essentially, go with your heart, but don’t leave your head behind.

The Emotional Stages of Long Distance Relationships

Human relationships are as complicated as anything can be; whether it’s a platonic relationship between people of the opposite sex, a BFF-type relationship, a relationship between siblings, or a romantic relationship, they can all get out of control. But of all the different types of human relationships, one of the easiest to spiral out of control is a romantic long-distance relationship.

Despite LDR being a challenging type of relationship, most of us have lived and may still have to live through it at some point in our lives. For this reason, I’ve set out to name the stages involved and how you may avoid common mistakes.

Stage One: Apprehension

Apprehension is likely going to be the first feeling you get when the idea of your man going away for a long time sinks in, and you start to think of all the things that could go wrong. You begin to feel that disturbing knot in your gut that usually signifies a bad omen, but as the supportive girlfriend/wife you are, you put on a smiling face and say, “We got this baby!” but you don’t “got it” and you know.

The only way to deal with this phase is to reminisce just how far you’ve come on your love journey and how much you are in love. Do this until the apprehension fades away.

Stage Two: Love Conquers All

Strengthened by memories of your personal love story and the renewed promise of love that is common before a long separation between spouses, you look forward to the coming weeks or months with hope and an unshakable belief. He moves, and you both can’t have enough of each other, and you want to talk for hours all day, every day.

This is the best part of a LDR, and you should keep it going. Try to build your conversations around highly intimate subjects like goals and challenges, as these topics encourage stronger connections.

Stage Three: Loneliness is the Enemy

Nothing gets our feelings all mixed up as loneliness. All of a sudden, you begin to feel his absence a lot, miss his smell and all. At this point, you may find yourself demanding a lot more time than he can offer, and may start contemplating going all the way out there to hook up with your man.

To avoid getting too lonely, you should start a new hobby, learn a new skill, or get involved with some outdoor activity or something, just don’t entertain the enemy.

Stage Four: Doubts

Okay so he posts pictures of a milestone at his new job, and you notice a particular girl in all the pictures, or you call him and hear a woman’s voice in the background, or he seems to be having a good time and having less time for you, and now the doubts set in. You begin to wonder why you’re stressing over one person in the first place. This is a particularly testing phase, most especially in dating relationships with weaker bonds.

At this stage, what you need is a constant reminder of the trust you share, and you need to find a personal reason to continue. Otherwise, this is the beginning of the end.

Stage Five: The Big Decision

After a while at it, all that you’re left with is your decision. Now you’ve been through the highs and lows associated with LDR, and you can tell if it’s for you or not. If it’s a LDR with no end in sight to the distance between you both, at this point, it’s a natural death. But if the period apart is specific, you might never get to this stage, or if it does, it won’t be an easy choice to make.

If you want to go-on, you might want to read a bit more on how to manage this kind of relationship.

Through all the stages of a long-distance relationship, your best hope of success is trust. Without trust, there’s no hope for success.