You'll never run out of fun local events to take advantage of on dates, that's for sure!" _—Jamie Beckman, author of_ The Frisky 30-Day Breakup Guide “With thousands of students in town, plus artists, musicians and assorted do-gooders, this is a place that feels permanently young—maybe it's all the beer and BBQ. Those ingredients, of course, come in handy for first and second dates, as do the bars on Sixth Street, on the east side and along the newly hip Rainey Street.The difference is due to gender disparity in the number of songs, with male singers performing a considerably higher percentage of popular songs than female performers during that time period. The article is being published online-ahead-of-print in the journal .A new analysis of popular song lyrics from 1960 through 2008 reveals that men sing about both romantic love and sex more often than women. (Article title: From ''I Want To Hold Your Hand'' to ''Promiscuous'': Sexual Stereotypes in Popular Music Lyrics, 1960-2008).While young professionals in Austin work hard, industries aren't as cutthroat as in New York City, where singles are guilty of putting their careers before love.Living expenses are lower in Austin, than in New York City, so singles can spend more money on going out, having fun and meeting someone new.” _—Sarah Shaker, New York–based writer chronicling her dating life on Bright Lights, My City_“My advice is to check out Portland, Oregon, if you're a single person hoping to find a little romance on your next vacation.However, female artists sing about romantic love in a higher percentage of their songs. According to the researchers, women are expected to focus on love and romantic relationships and have sexually objectified bodies, while men are expected to focus on sexual behavior.The difference is due to gender disparity in the number of songs, with male singers performing a considerably higher percentage of popular songs than female performers during that time period. The researchers media content analysis of 1,250 popular songs showed that gender-based differences in sexuality are indeed common and consistent with gender stereotypes.
Even the local guys admit this tendency towards passivity.
Parks and laptop-friendly coffee shops are plentiful for daytime mingling, and Lake Travis is only a half-hour drive away.
The influx of partiers for SXSW and the Austin City Limits music festivals contribute to the comfortable vibe, too.
There's lots of overlap between various subcultures, from artists to writers to tech people to foodies, as well as sex parties, play parties and erotic education events.
There's more openness about sex in all its forms, which is a welcome change from more buttoned-up cities.
It's a really friendly, welcoming place, full of artists and other creative types who are open to all sorts of new experiences—including falling in love with you.