8 Ted Talks That Will Change Your View On Dating

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8 TED Talks That Will Change Your View on Dating

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There are hundreds upon hundreds of TED Talks out there, and some have pretty life-changing messages. With so many words of wisdom to root through, how are you supposed to find the dating advice you’re looking for?

No worries. We did that hard work for you by compiling and reviewing the eight best TED Talks on dating. Here they are:

Bragging Rights: sharing the sweetest story we’ve heard this month

John does what he does best by using his humor to tell us how time, space, physics, and even aliens all contribute to one thing: the sweet and perfect memory of falling in love. It tugs at your heart strings and your funny bone. In short, this is a story you’ll want to show everyone.

Social Clout: 2.2 million views, 967,000+ followers, 21,255+ likes


Bragging Rights: allowing us to feel vulnerable (in a good way)

This woman is a researcher of vulnerability, so we know to believe Brene Brown when she tells us how human relationships work. She shares parts of her research that sent her on a personal quest to understand herself as well as humanity. She’s a champion for being vulnerable and become the best version of yourself in the process.

Social Clout: 43 millions views, 298,000+ likes, 174,000+ followers


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Bragging Rights: making a better formula for love

Amy was no stranger to the perils of online dating. In an effort to improve her game, she took her love of data and made her own matchmaking algorithm, thus hacking the way online dating is typically done — and that’s how she met her husband.

Social Clout: 7.6 million views, 12,300+ followers, 228+ likes

URL: ted.com/talks/amy_webb

Bragging Rights: explaining how love is what it is

An anthropologist who really understands love — that’s Helen Fisher, the creator of Match.com. Fortunately for us, she’s willing to share what she knows. She’ll walk you through the evolution of it, its biochemical foundations and the importance it has in our society today.

Social Clout: 10.9 million views, 11,600+ followers, 6,700+ likes


Bragging Rights: making relationships last

Here’s a woman who knows long-term relationships have two conflicting needs: the need for surprise and the need for security. It seems impossible these two should be able to balance, but guess what? She lets us in on the secret.

Social Clout: 7,273+ likes, 6,519+ followers

URL: ted.com/talks/esther_perel

Bragging Rights: telling us the truth about marriage

Jenna tells us how it really is with the surprising research behind how marriages (especially happy ones) actually work. As it turns out, we do not want to try to win the Oscar for best actor or actress – who knew?

Social Clout: 5,249+ followers, 2,281+ likes

URL: ted.com/talks/jenna_mccarthy

Bragging Rights: getting rid of that baseball analogy

This sex ed teacher sure knows what he’s talking about. Instead of posing us with a comparison based on a game with winners and losers, why not use one where everyone benefits? Learn how sex is really more like pizza.

Social Clout: 462+ likes, 107+ followers

URL: ted.com/talks/al_vernacchio

Bragging Rights: justifying our technological addiction

Stefana shares some pretty great news: social media use, texting and instant messaging are not driving intimacy from our relationships. In fact, they’re bringing us closer together, allowing love to cross old barriers.

Social Clout: 170+ followers

URL: ted.com/talks/stefana_broadbent

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