Seven ways to meet the love of your life at Wal-Mart, of all places.
Psychology Today conducted a study on love-at-first-sight. Believe it or not, Wal-Mart topped the list of places where people encounter irresistible strangers. The study was based on "missed connection" notices posted on Craigslist.
So, how can you take advantage of this trend? Here is a list of seven dating tips to make yourself more approachable and increase your chances of interacting with men at major retail stores:
1. Smile and make eye contact. I call these two actions "flirting basics" and both make it easier for men to approach you. As a single woman, this is something you want to be more conscious of. The more approachable you are, the more men will take the chance to walk over and say hello. In addition, when you smile, you automatically look more attractive. You can't go wrong when you smile brightly at a man who catches your eye.
2. Be friendly. This is the place to turn up the charm! If you are a naturally bubbly person who interacts easily with people, why not try it while shopping? Being friendly and warm is like sharing your own personal brand of sunshine which creates positive interactions with people that are memorable. The more people you meet, the better your chances for finding "the one."
3. Look up from what you are doing. To be more approachable, be aware of your environment. Every once in a while, look up from whatever you are doing. As a dating coach, I can't tell you how many men have asked me why women in the grocery store are so unfriendly. My bet is that you are focused on shopping and leaving the store as quickly as possible. The solution? Take an extra 5-10 minutes so you look around and connect with people.
4. Break the ice. Be brave and say something! Most men are flattered when a woman strikes up a conversation. This is another way to make a man's job of approaching you easier. You can talk about anything from the store, to the weather, to what's for dinner.
FORTUNE -- The Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism's report, "The State of the News Media 2013" contains plenty of grim news about an industry that appears in some respects to be falling apart at the seams (along with a few rays of hope). But it also offers a few notable tidbits about the state of the online-advertising business:
Digital advertising continues to eat into the total share of advertising in the U.S. In 2012, digital ads represented 23% of all ad dollars spent, up from 20% in 2011. Digital ads generated $37.3 billion, a rise of 17% from 2011.
Mobile advertising, though it continues to be a challenge due to low prices, grew by 80% in 2012, to $2.6 billion.
The market for mobile display ads is growing fast and is expected to surpass search ads in terms of revenue by 2016. Six companies dominate the mobile-display market: Pandora (P), Google (GOOG), Millenial Media, Apple (AAPL), Facebook (FB), and Twitter.
Facebook ran its first mobile-only display ad only in August of 2012, but those ads generated nearly a quarter of its revenues in the fourth quarter of 2012.
(CNN) -- Almost three years ago Dell launched a phone called the Streak, an Android-based handset with a 5-inch display that was marketed more as a tablet with phone capabilities than the other way around.
Critics blasted the device for being too large. Most smartphones at the time were still 3.5 to 4 inches, after all. That was the norm.
We didn't see many more mobile phones from Dell after its blunder with the Streak.
Now let's jump to the present.
A Samsung Galaxy S III, left, next to an iPhone 5. The new Galaxy phone will be bigger.
Last Thursday, Samsung introduced its new flagship phone, the Galaxy S IV. It also has a 5-inch screen, like the Dell Streak. But this time no one complained. In fact, the reaction was quite the opposite. Critics have been praising the Galaxy S IV's gorgeous display, which is slightly larger than its predecessor.
And suddenly the iPhone, which was once the standard for all other smartphones to copy, looks puny next to Samsung's new phone.
How'd we get here?
Maybe you've felt it before, a change in intensity, a drifting away, love that has unfortunately faded. One's age, maturity, persona and circumstances are all factors that affect one's relationship, and there are times when the person you thought was the love of your life ends up the stranger who shares your bed at night.
Though it's difficult, you may eventually come to realize that though love is forever, a relationship sometimes isn't. Here are a few signs that you've probably outgrown your man:
1. Don't fool yourself. Straight up, you're just not very compatible.
If your lover's dream is to drop out and become self-sufficient on a farm somewhere, and you're a city person with ambitions, one of you is going to be seriously unhappy if you stay together. Or, if you always want to go out and he always wants to stay home, look for someone whose social style is closer to yours.
2. Be honest...he isn't even close to your fantasy.
If you're a longtime luckless single, you may be tempted to stay with someone just because they're available and willing, but don't do it. He has to turn you on somewhat; there has to be some chemistry and some future.
3. You just can't bring yourself to say "I love you," as much anymore.
Even if there's chemistry, if you can't express your love for your man with affectionate gestures, nurturing, and the magic words, "I love you," your satisfaction with them has definitely waned.
4. He isn't there when you need him.
If you've been dating for more than six months and you can't count on him to come and get you if your car breaks down, or to be your date for New Year's Eve, or even to feed your cats when you're away on a business trip, then you don't have a solid relationship.
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