COLUMN: Social media cleanses foster better personal connections

Over the weekend, I was having a conversation with my mother over text when suddenly she wrote, “got to go,” and stopped texting me back. Not only did I secretly wish she had written “g2g” just for the laughs, but I was also confused about why she couldn’t have just responded to me later when […]

The risk of online relationships

All over the news, we’ve been hearing about Manti Te’o’s unfortunate situation – the Heisman contender recently found out that his long-term girlfriend, who was presumed to be dead, never existed to begin with. As if we didn’t already know, the Internet has become a vital medium in which society interacts with one another: From […]

Is infidelity becoming the norm in relationships?

2012 was a year of abundances – iPhone 5 sales, “Call Me Maybe” downloads, and surprisingly, infidelity cases. From political figures like Arnold Schwarzenegger and David Patraeus to our faves like Jude Law and K. Stew, it seems as if cheating has become the new trend, alongside Fifty Shades of Grey and Honey Boo Boo. […]

Singles will be rewarded eventually

Why am I still single?” How many times have you asked yourself that question? How many times have you found yourself sitting on your bed watching an old episode of Bones while stuffing Oreos into your mouth and wondering why you’re alone? Oh, is that just me? OK, then. Or, how about when you’re sitting […]

Texting proves key to starting relationships

Every time my mother asks me if I’m seeing someone, I almost have the same exact answer. Besides cringing at the thought of talking about boys with her, I have to try and explain the act of “talking.” “No, Mom, I’m not official with someone yet, we’re just talking.” “Well, obviously you’re talking to the […]

Virginity adapts to the 21st century

When The Learning Channel began airing episodes for its new show Virgin Diaries, I — like many others — sat agape. Who knew that people like “Skip,” the overweight close-to-middle-aged virgin who lived in his mother’s basement and collected his belly button lint — seriously, he has jars of the stuff — still existed? Perhaps […]

Long-distance couples should weigh options

There are two kinds of long-distance relationships: hard ones and harder ones. I’m not going to lie, I get called a pessimist quite frequently. Apparently, my advice on love can be a bit hard to swallow. To make things perfectly clear: I am not a pessimist. I love love. I love relationships. I love weddings, […]

Patience proves key for lonely hearts

Every now and then, an inspirational quote comes along and knocks your socks right off. Trying to find some inspiration and guidance in my life, I googled “quotes about love” and this Dr. Seuss gem popped up: “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” […]

Etiquette should extend to Internet

Social media dominates almost every element of communication for our generation. It is even acceptable to use some names as verbs in colloquial speech: “Instagram that view, bro,” or “Nice to meet you, Facebook me later!” are phrases often overheard on a college campus. The presence of social media is nothing new but, if used […]

‘Coming out’ at ’SC often a difficult task

I hated middle school. I hated high school. Many days I thought, “There has to be more to life than this.” I know I’m not alone when I say that those years could best be described as Hell on earth. But even the chubbiest, most awkward-looking black girl with blue braces probably doesn’t go through the […]