Reproductive health, online dating, Republican sex — this year, studies brought us new information on everything from the onset of puberty to how Sex and the City affects our real-life relationships. With insights on birth control, Generation Z, STDs, and more, here are our favorite informative and entertaining studies of 2012!
Here's something you might expect: providing women free contraception leads to fewer unexpected pregnancies and, thus, a lower abortion rate. But in a study published this year, researchers were actually surprised by how much the abortion rate dropped among women who were offered access to a range of free birth control methods.
Romantic comedies, reality TV dating shows, and soap operas are all filled with dramatic relationship ups and downs. And watching these unrealistic portrayals of romance might not be just an inconsequential guilty pleasure. A study found that the more people buy into portrayals of romance on TV, the less committed they are to their relationships.
Each year Beloit College releases its "mindset list," making everyone over the age of 25 feel old. The list attempts to reflect the worldview of incoming college freshmen. This year we found out what pop culture or political phenomena the class of 2016, born in 1994, takes for granted or knows nothing about.
For a growing number of today's young girls, the awkward process of puberty is happening as early as first grade. A New York Times piece explores "precocious puberty," a term being used for the growing percentage of girls entering puberty by age 7.
Our neighbors up north are having more problems down south. In Canada, syphilis and chlamydia rates have risen, and some public health experts point to the popularity of online dating as a likely culprit.
A study in The Journal of Communication analyzing online dating profiles discovered the ways daters lie about themselves. The researchers concluded that how someone describes himself or herself is about as important as what personal information they share.
Republicans are more likely than Democrats to climax every time they have sex. Or at least that's what they reported in an expansive survey conducted by Match.com. In its second annual comprehensive Singles in America Study, the online dating site surveyed 5,000 singles across various demographics.