Category Archives: Q&A’s

Cross-Sex Friendships: Hazardous to Your Mental Health?

A reader asked: Is it true that girls who have more guy friends than girl friends are less likely to have anxiety and depression? What does research say about girls who have more guy friends than girl friends? Interesting question. Before I respond in more detail, I’ll cut to the chase: In my review of the existing research,… Read More »

Can A Friends With Benefits Relationship Provide The Same “Benefits” As A Committed Relationship?

Katherine submitted the following question: I have always wondered about research behind the topic of being friends with benefits (with strict rules of no kissing, no hugging, just sex, and only sex), and if they have the same benefits as sex within a committed relationship based off of love and trust, instead of lust?   Dear Katherine, Thanks… Read More »

Sex Ed at Home (for Elementary-Aged Kids): Your Questions Answered

Our daughter was barely 3 years old when she started asking about the birds and the bees. She wanted to know how mommies got babies inside their tummies and how babies came out of their tummies. Her curiosity has always kept us on our toes. Our son (now nearly 8 years old), in stark contrast, has always been… Read More »

Does Internet Dating Really Work?

Does internet dating really work?   The answer to your question really lies in how you define “work.” If your goal is to meet new dating partners, then on-line dating services can help put you in touch with a large number of other eligible singles. Services like and have a large pool of individuals looking to… Read More »

When Three (or More) is NOT a Crowd

What do you know about polyamory? Can polyamory or open relationships really work? This is a timely question, as there has been a surge of interest lately on this topic. In fact, according to a recent study, between 4-5% of Americans report being in a consensual, non-monogamous relationship—this is when both partners agree that they and/or their intimate… Read More »

Have We Been Dating Too Long?

  I’ve been in a relationship for over 5 years. We are both still young and plan to get married eventually in the future. I was wondering if there are any down sides in having long-term relationships. I feel very secure and confident in our relationship, but just as I’ve heard that short relationships (or courtships) can be… Read More »