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(Popular Science)   Have a lousy sense of smell? Well, that might explain why your love life sucks   (popsci.com) divider line 28
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2013-04-07 11:56:58 AM
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What smells like shrimp?
 
2013-04-07 11:57:47 AM
I would think a woman with a poor sense of smell would be the perfect match for many a Farker.
 
2013-04-07 12:03:33 PM
A lot of women have said I don't smell so good.
 
2013-04-07 12:21:39 PM
That *is* a ridiculously small sample size.

I have a sense of smell, but not nearly as acute as my wife's. My wife regularly asks "what IS that smell? Can't you smell that?"  (It's usually something in the kitchen that remained long after it's useful date)

The only thing that I can smell that she can't is marijuana smoke. Her mom died of cancer years ago, and near the end used marijuana to cope, so you'd think she'd recognize it.
 
2013-04-07 12:40:21 PM

StopLurkListen: (It's usually something in the kitchen that remained long after it's useful date


Better check the date on that apostrophe.
 
2013-04-07 12:46:19 PM
Researchers suggest a correlation!  Man, I should have gone into the social sciences.
 
2013-04-07 12:46:21 PM
FTA: "Research suggests that men who can't smell have fewer sex partners than men with fully functioning nostrils."

Oh, it's not their nostrils that should be fully functioning.
 
2013-04-07 12:59:20 PM
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2013-04-07 01:00:30 PM
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2013-04-07 01:09:55 PM
Ftfa ' About five times fewer.'
Wtf does that even mean?
 
2013-04-07 01:15:15 PM
I would have thought it would be the reverse.  A guy with a good sense of smell might turn away a girl with some odor issues, especially if the offending odor was coming from between her legs.  The guy with the poor sense of smell would just carry on.

That said, my sense of smell has diminished a lot in the past few years, to the point where I don't seem to be able to smell even the foulest odors unless I get super close, and I seem to be perpetually single.  So I guess I prove their point.

/Makes sure to shower often since I wouldn't know if I smell bad or not
//Also occasionally asks trusted people if I smell bad just to check
 
2013-04-07 01:29:24 PM

chitownmike: Ftfa ' About five times fewer.'
Wtf does that even mean?


If a man doesn't have sex with 2 other women during his lifetime, the man with five times fewer partners doesn't have sex with 10 other women.

You're right, that makes no damn sense...
 
2013-04-07 01:29:56 PM
Or maybe because the mutation that leads to loss of smell also leads to horrible facial and genital disfigurement. But whatever.
 
2013-04-07 01:30:14 PM
oh, so its because i have a stuffy nose not cause im socially incompetant. good
 
2013-04-07 03:31:00 PM
Well this is true, I can't smell and can't seem to get laid for the life of me.
 
2013-04-07 04:05:50 PM
Bullshiat! The only thing more amazing than my sense of smell is my complete failure to have a love life.
 
2013-04-07 04:20:01 PM
I guess this is where i show up and just vent for a bit:

In the past few months, I've just been hit on a ridiculous number of times. Ridiculous.

I was at a work event  a few months back and three women -- 22, 32 and 42 all hit on me.  The youngest was the most persistent.

Last week, i was propositioned again. And last night, out at a bar, the bartender gave me her number.  I didn't even ask.

I'm in a multi-year relationship and am happy with her.  She's great, and hot, and we're solid.  I'm outgoing, i guess, and tall, and i like people.  But i've always been all of those things.

I'm pushing 45, and have never had women throwing themselves at me like this. I'm not trying to be all passive-aggressively looking for validation here, just honestly asking -- what. the. hell? Is there some pheromone-y thing or subconscious vibe i am giving off?  Of have women changed so much?

Someone 'splain this to me. Y'all are cheaper than my therapist.  K thanks.
 
2013-04-07 05:02:08 PM
I wouldn't be surprised if this were true of people on the internet who think their shiat don't stink.
 
2013-04-07 05:03:18 PM

towatchoverme: I guess this is where i show up and just vent for a bit:

In the past few months, I've just been hit on a ridiculous number of times. Ridiculous.

I was at a work event  a few months back and three women -- 22, 32 and 42 all hit on me.  The youngest was the most persistent.

Last week, i was propositioned again. And last night, out at a bar, the bartender gave me her number.  I didn't even ask.

I'm in a multi-year relationship and am happy with her.  She's great, and hot, and we're solid.  I'm outgoing, i guess, and tall, and i like people.  But i've always been all of those things.

I'm pushing 45, and have never had women throwing themselves at me like this. I'm not trying to be all passive-aggressively looking for validation here, just honestly asking -- what. the. hell? Is there some pheromone-y thing or subconscious vibe i am giving off?  Of have women changed so much?

Someone 'splain this to me. Y'all are cheaper than my therapist.  K thanks.


Do you wear a ring? That happened to me for a while when I was in a relationship and wore a ring.
 
2013-04-07 05:33:54 PM
There is a correlation between smell (or nasal breathing issues at least)  and anxiety as well. Whether that is because high activation of the central nervous system cause the turbinates in the nose to swell more or the breathing issues associated with not being able to breath properly causing sleep disordered breathing issues and associated fatigue/depression/anxiety, I Don't know. But it could explain these results
 
2013-04-07 06:27:17 PM

GreatGlavinsGhost: towatchoverme: I guess this is where i show up and just vent for a bit:

In the past few months, I've just been hit on a ridiculous number of times. Ridiculous.

I was at a work event  a few months back and three women -- 22, 32 and 42 all hit on me.  The youngest was the most persistent.

Last week, i was propositioned again. And last night, out at a bar, the bartender gave me her number.  I didn't even ask.

I'm in a multi-year relationship and am happy with her.  She's great, and hot, and we're solid.  I'm outgoing, i guess, and tall, and i like people.  But i've always been all of those things.

I'm pushing 45, and have never had women throwing themselves at me like this. I'm not trying to be all passive-aggressively looking for validation here, just honestly asking -- what. the. hell? Is there some pheromone-y thing or subconscious vibe i am giving off?  Of have women changed so much?

Someone 'splain this to me. Y'all are cheaper than my therapist.  K thanks.

Do you wear a ring? That happened to me for a while when I was in a relationship and wore a ring.


All other things aside, has to be the ring. Chicks dig the ring

/dont have one
//may as well be invisible
 
2013-04-07 08:13:29 PM

chitownmike: Ftfa ' About five times fewer.'
Wtf does that even mean?


You take the number of partners that normal men have, divide it by 5, and you end up with the number of partners men who can't smell have. It's poorly worded, but it's a pretty simple concept. I can't believe you couldn't figure it out.
 
2013-04-07 08:45:15 PM
towatchoverme: I was at a work event  a few months back and three women -- 22, 32 and 42 all hit on me.  The youngest was the most persistent.
 -- what. the. hell? Is there some pheromone-y thing or subconscious vibe i am giving off?  Of have women changed so much?


possibly pheromones, they may smell your partner on you, or it may be "hey he may have a career, and be able to support the lifestyle I've decided I'm entitled to"
 
2013-04-07 09:23:55 PM
Results are meaningless.  The cell sizes for men are 10 and 15.  No statistical power with such a small N and wildly inappropriate to generalize to the larger population based on this.
 
2013-04-07 11:04:04 PM

Pumpernickel bread: Results are meaningless.  The cell sizes for men are 10 and 15.  No statistical power with such a small N and wildly inappropriate to generalize to the larger population based on this.


Quit wasting electrons and just say "social science"!
 
2013-04-08 04:29:54 AM

towatchoverme: I guess this is where i show up and just vent for a bit:

In the past few months, I've just been hit on a ridiculous number of times. Ridiculous.

I was at a work event  a few months back and three women -- 22, 32 and 42 all hit on me.  The youngest was the most persistent.

Last week, i was propositioned again. And last night, out at a bar, the bartender gave me her number.  I didn't even ask.

I'm in a multi-year relationship and am happy with her.  She's great, and hot, and we're solid.  I'm outgoing, i guess, and tall, and i like people.  But i've always been all of those things.

I'm pushing 45, and have never had women throwing themselves at me like this. I'm not trying to be all passive-aggressively looking for validation here, just honestly asking -- what. the. hell? Is there some pheromone-y thing or subconscious vibe i am giving off?  Of have women changed so much?

Someone 'splain this to me. Y'all are cheaper than my therapist.  K thanks.


Total number of times I've been hit on in my life: 0. And I'm 38. So just enjoy it and stop worrying.
 
2013-04-08 06:19:49 AM
the study seems, however, to confirm that women are the one choosing their partners, and not men.
Because the women without smell weren't handicaped as men were.
 
2013-04-08 04:32:43 PM
I have an acute sense of smell, and once dumped a girl because she have off a smell I couldn't identify, even after several experiments to try.
Of course, I didn't tell her. I made up a "it's not you, it's me" excuse.
 
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