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  • 10 Things Guys Think You Lie About on Your Dating Profile

    Be real or the relationship is doomed.By Lodro Rinzler

    Our guy expert, Lodro Rinzler, reached out to men across the country to ask what they were worried about when looking at your online dating profile. Here's what guys think women might lie about online:

    Your Looks
    The number one thing the guys polled think a woman might lie about on her online dating profile is her looks. I am using "looks" as an umbrella term here that covers everything from your height to your weight to your body type to you using a photo of yourself from five years ago. Also, please note that a picture of just your face tells us that you either don't have a nice body or you don't like the body you have. Be confident enough to show your full form.

    Your Age
    "I've definitely gone out with women who say they're 25 but are actually 29," said Eddie. Sometimes a woman may change her age to initially attract a man, but it's such a silly lie to chose; was Eddie's date going to pretend to be four years younger for the rest of their

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  • 7 Things He's Hiding on His Dating Profile

    Our guy expert Lodro Rinzler tells you what to watch out for before you swipe right.By Lodro Rinzler

    In a recent study conducted at Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison it was discovered (no surprise here) that 80 percent of people using online dating sites lied about their height, weight, or age. Here are a few more things men tend to lie about when online.

    His Job
    Oh? You're about to go out with a good-looking CEO of a booming start-up? Don't be surprised if that means he has a great idea for an app and is working out of his parents' garage. Most men have a tendency to inflate their titles or responsibilities in order to impress women. It's not a great idea to ask about his salary, but a safe bet is to ask about his title and how large a company he works for. CEO is very impressive, but not if the company is him and his dog.

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    His Intention
    Just because a man is on a dating site does not mean he's looking for a long-term relationship. In fact, if you're on

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  • 10 Things Guys Hope You'll Say on a First Date

    Words to live by.By Lodro Rinzler

    1. "You look nice tonight."
    Women may be used to hearing physical compliments from men, but it's not always so the other way around. A simple, "That sweater looks really nice on you," bolsters his confidence and puts him at ease. Be wary of "you're cute" though; it makes a guy wonder if you think he's a puppy.

    2. That You Think He's Funny
    Don't ask him to tell you a joke, but if he says something funny, feel free to laugh your head off. A woman's laugh, particularly if it's a little odd, is incredibly endearing. It also says to the guy that you get his sense of humor and find him delightful.

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    3. "I'm close with my family."
    It's not the end of the world if you're not, but there's something lovely about a woman lighting up while talking about her nice, normal, supportive parents.

    4. That You Had an Awesome Weekend
    An active social life indicates that you are already in demand and a romantic

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  • How to Defend Yourself 101

    Female Awareness founder Gabrielle Rubin gave us tips on how to protect yourself, both before and after an attack.By Diana Pearl

    80 percent of female victims of rape or sexual assault are attacked by someone they know, according to the Women's Center. However, it's just as important to remain prepared for that other 20 percent: an attack from a stranger. Gabrielle Rubin, founder of the Female Awareness self defense course, says that the root of dealing with street harassment comes not only from knowing how to defend yourself, but from displaying confidence as well.

    "They're looking for an easy target, someone they don't think will fight back," Rubin says. "A woman who is rocking some confidence down the street is probably going to put up a fight."

    Confidence is the first step towards protecting yourself, but there are plenty of things to do beyond that to stay safe.

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    Gabrielle's Top 5 Tips to Stop Yourself from Being a Target:

    1. Stay off the phone. It may feel safer to call someone on your way home, but resist the urge.

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  • 10 Things Arianna Huffington Wished She Knew in Her Twenties

    Advice from the influential The Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington.By Susie Moore

    Often we hear the sweet old saying, "I wish I knew then what I know now."

    Arianna Huffington shares with us what she wished she knew in her twenties. Lucky us - we get to hear the wisdom now, direct from the wisest and most sophisticated source.

    Listen up, ladies! This is better than gold.

    1. How we talk to ourselves matters. Even our worst enemies don't talk about us the way we talk to ourselves. I call this voice the obnoxious roommate living in our head. It feeds on putting us down and exploiting and magnifying our insecurities and doubts. I wish someone would invent a tape recorder that we could attach to our brains to record everything we tell ourselves. It would shock us to hear it played back.

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    2. There is a purpose to our lives, even if it is sometimes hidden from us, and even if the biggest heartbreaks only make sense as we look back, rather than as we are experiencing them. So we might as

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  • 8 Things He's Thinking but Won't Say Out Loud

    By Lodro Rinzler

    Our guy expert Lodro Rinzler tells us what's really going in a man's mind.

    1. "Your family really scares me." Either the constant contact, or the gruff father, or the crazy sister... there's some aspect here that he will never name (you don't mess with a girl's family) but it scares the sh*t out of him.

    2. "I'm not sure how good I am at that sex thing you seem to enjoy." Whatever "that thing" may be, however much you've encouraged or praised it, he's still not sure if he's a pro at it and feels a little self-conscious each time. The female body is an elaborate and wondrous thing.

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    3. "I'm not 100% where I want to be professionally." Who is, really? Even if he's wildly successful he'll still have ambition to continue to climb whatever ladder he's on. The more a man says how amazing he's doing professionally, the more insecure he usually is about it.

    4. "I have a body complex as well." He sucks in his gut every time he takes off his shirt and hopes you don't notice.

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  • How to Summer-Proof Your Phone

    A few tools can protect you from disaster.By Aubrey Nagle

    If you go to the beach and don't take a swimsuit selfie, did it ever really happen? Taking your phone and other tech devices to the beach is par for the course these days, so you need to know how to protect them. With a few extra tools in your beach bag, you can Instagram to your heart's desire.

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    1. Keep It Dry
    There are tons of waterproof cases on the market. OtterBox, LifeProof, and RainBallet all make phone cases that will survive a drop into the waves. Choose one of these over "water-resistant" brands to be sure your device is safe.

    If you want to save your cash, try a zippered plastic pouch like Hefty's Slider Sandwich Bags instead. Plop your phone in and zip all but a half-inch of the bag, pressing all the air out before sliding it shut. You'll still be able to use your phone through the plastic and it will be protected from any accidental spills or wet hands.

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  • How to Survive a Breakup with a Non-Boyfriend

    You weren't technically dating, but that doesn't make things any easier.

    By Katherine Hahn

    Boy meets girl. The chemistry is undeniable-you think about him constantly, and every text sends your heart aflutter. But that's where the classic love story ends. For whatever reason, it doesn't work out. Things are over, even though you were never officially a couple.

    Breaking up with a guy you cared about, even if he wasn't technically yours, can be every bit as painful as the end of a committed relationship. Your friends tell you to brush it off and move on. Denying yourself time to process what happened, however, can leave you stuck in that terrible can't-move-on hole. Here's what to do:

    1. Cry like it's a breakup, because it is. So what if you weren't Facebook official? You put time and feelings into this man, so give yourself time to wallow. It definitely helps to binge-watch your favorite TV show and splurge for the good takeout.

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    2. Delete his number. And his voicemails. And clear your texts. Reading back

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  • Made it to the Third Date? Now What?

    Make the best out of the most important date of any early relationship.There's a million and a half tips and ideas for the infamous first date (and even the second date), but why is the third date so often neglected? Learn how to make the best out of what is arguably the most important date of any early relationship.

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    1. Why do dudes often have a tendency of going M.I.A. after a third date? If you'd rather play it old school, don't call him, and let him come to you - if he likes you, he'll make sure he calls you! But if it's been too long, feel free to pick up the phone and (politely, please) demand his coordinates. Chances are, he's probably having an internal freakout, just like you are.

    2. Don't doubt yourself. If at this point you've gone on three entertaining, comfortable dates, know that he's interested and have faith in the tried-and-tested process.

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    3. This is important: Don't count your chickens before they hatch. He is not your boyfriend yet, so do not act

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  • 10 Ways to Spot a Commitment-Phobe

    No sense in wasting your time on someone who will never commit.By Katherine Hahn

    Perpetual bachelor George Clooney is bidding adieu to 25 years of being a ladies man after popping the question to girlfriend Amal Alamuddin. What took him so long? D.H. Barkley dug through Clooney's romantic past and wrote George Clooney: From Bachelor to Betrothed, a new e-book giving insight into how commitment works and doesn't work. This specific persona (think Carrie's Mr. Big or Bridget Jones' Daniel Cleaver) avoids getting emotionally close and fears dependency on and by a partner. Lucky for us, Barkley shared her tips on spotting these guys - before you waste any time.

    A history of intense relations that didn't last. They come with a long list of excuses for why they never settle down, from the pressure of work to not having met Ms. Right.

    Seduction. They're tireless in their efforts to win you over during the initial chase. Although such attention is flattering, it may be an early warning sign.

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