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Where to Get Good Advice Online

Updated on March 8, 2011
Advice on anything from safe sex to making it through dinner with the in-laws is now available online.
Advice on anything from safe sex to making it through dinner with the in-laws is now available online.

You have an emergency. A beauty emergency, a family emergency, a boyfriend emergency... whatever it is, it doesn't really matter: you can find the answer on the internet. The problem is, with the wealth of information on the net, how do you sort through it all to find the tidbit you want? Besides, the world wide web is such a general and impersonal way to solve your problem... and you never know who's written what you're reading.

For whatever reason, you don't feel comfortable talking about your problem with friends. Or maybe it involves friends. Or your friends are terrible at giving advice. Or maybe you don't have any friends... just kidding! I'm only saying... Perhaps it doesn't have anything to do with friends, you just need an answer ASAP... Or you're bored at work... There are any number of reasons you could be seeking this out. In any case:

Enter online advice, stage left. These days, you can get personalized advice on anything from safe sex to the best foundation for oily skin to what to say to a friend who's lost a loved one to how to make it through dinner with the mother-in-law, all without writing a "Dear Abby" letter or even picking up the phone.

Where to Get It

Now, I wouldn't recommend waltzing into any old online forum and asking the world for advice on your most intimate struggles. But there are a few great sites developed specifically for the task of hooking up advice givers with advice takers. The advantages of this system are numerous: you get a variety of responses from people who've elected to share their wisdom... these people come from all backgrounds, races, cultures, and life experiences... and chances are, there's at least one person who has experienced the very problem you're dealing with, and come out on the other side of it.

E. Jean Carroll, the advice columnist for the internationally distributed "Elle" magazine, explains more advantages of this system, as well as how she came by the idea for her "Advice Vixens" site, video link below right.

  • is a site geared towards women, featuring advice videos by E. Jean Carroll (see above). It also features an area called Advice Vixens, where you may give and take as much advice as you please, after signing up for a free, spam-free account. You may remain anonymous permanently, or just on certain questions... whatever you so desire. Categories of advice include: The Male Beast, Money, Career, Friends, Family, Wickedness, Sex, Diet & Fitness, Beauty, and Sticky Situations.
  • covers a wider variety of topics: Travel, Real Estate, Religion, Politics, Pets, Nutrition, Kids, Home & Garden, Relationships, Gaming, Sports, Technology, Education, and Beauty, to name a few... The replies to questions asked there come more slowly, are less detailed, and often seem half-hearted. In addition, there are large numbers of duplicate questions, some of them stupid, some even disturbing, such as a rash of preteen girls asking "How do I become anorexic?" However, if you're willing to sort through a few topics to find what you want, you can sometimes find good information, or at least ideas of where to find it.
  • And, since you're here already, check out the Requests Section of HubPages, where you can ask question or bring up any topic you'd like to hear more about. If you have a favorite author, or someone you have found knowledgeable on a the subject you're interested in, go directly to their page and make a specific request there. For example, request a hub from me here.

Just Remember...

That advice you find online is never a substitute for a doctor's or expert's opinion. Take everything you read with a grain of salt. In the end, the responsibility for your decision-making lies squarely on your own shoulders... it won't be a valid excuse before God, your boss, or any court of law to say, "But SuperChickee45 told me..."

With all that said... enjoy ;)


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      9 years ago

      Hey all. I'm confused and unsure of what to do, or if there is anything to do about that which I'll describe below. I need other opinions besides my own. Ahead of time, thanks for reading.

      I understand that my view of this event is biased; but I'll try my best.

      So today; my boyfriends best friend got married. The type of ceremony was just signing the papers. Nothing big, very simple. No celebration. In any case, my boyfriend told me a couple of days ago that his friend wants us there as witnesses or what ever other name it caries, I forget. In any case, even if the wedding isn't anything big, my boyfriend was very excited/scared for his best friend, but excited mostly. Today, all four went to the signing papers place, where we met about 7-8 people invited by the bride. Once the ceremony started and time was for the witnesses to sign the paper; the bride said to her two friends, to sign the paper. I was left confused; my boyfriends face was changing colors. I couldn't understand what was going on.

      I feel and was feeling stupid.

      Day before knowing that there will be no celebration, I suggested and prepared mostly everything for the dinner. Which I decided not to have today. I'm confused/mad, I didn't feel like these people deserve dinner. After all its the effort that I and boyfriend put in to prepare the dinner--after what happened didn't seem to want to have the dinner. My boyfriend keeps asking me why I'm not going to his best friend house for this dinner (where originally the dinner suggested by me was supposed to be in my house, where I had everything prepared and we all knew about it.

      I don't know what to tell him. Is he idiot enough not to realize what it means to be best man, or what ever the hell. If my boyfriend's best friend didn't mention anything in the first place, that would be fine, but this type of thing, I don't like nor understand. My boyfriend, is all confused, and went to the dinner at bestfriend's house, wanting to take the cake I made( I was oppose to so he left w/out the cake).

      I'm so confused, feel horrible...what to do I tell my boyfriend, how do I behave towards his friend and his wife (because now I feel weird about them). I'm not sure, what to think. Anyone, any ideas, please?

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      9 years ago

      I have a crush on my friend's crush.. my friend's crush and I were close together and i can't stop falling in love with him.. but my friend really like the guy I like too.. what should I do? I need your help...

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      10 years ago

      i had a love marriage against will of our family the guy left his job just before my marriage he was qualified and well employed when we met so i went ahead with the marriage as we were v compatible but he didn't join a job and later he got a v bad chronic disease all throughout i financed him in the hope things wil get better one day now after 2year of illness he is well but on medications and i feel he is reluctant to join work and has become v negative what should i do i feel v frustated we don't have any issues.any advice? on one hand i feel like going on but at least once a month i cry a lot and feel there is no future as he talks so negative we have no soocial life as everyone asks why dosent he join a job etc he is studying still. i am fed up

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      11 years ago

      I am seeking help in trying to raise $800. for my dogs surgery. Do you have any advise of who I can contact?

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      11 years ago

      Im 22 and I have 2 sons with a man who has physically and emotionally abused me and I left him a few times already he said that hes really changed this time and gave his life to the lord Iv been a christian all my life but I feel confused because im trying to do what's best for my children and I want to forgive like the bible says what should I do?

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      11 years ago

      i am a good artist(not to brag but...)i love to draw,pastel,paint,pencil,and just doodle the only problem is i never know what to draw !!! artist's block i guess

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      11 years ago

      hey, theres this guy that just broke up with my best friend because he liked me, but the problem is i really like him too and so does my best friend, what should i do?

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      12 years ago

      ohh boy... let me start off by saying, i am a sports freak, guys never ever meant anything to me other than dude friends. so i am an eighth grader, and the only thing i do all the time is go to the YMCA and shoot around// scrimmige. and there is a guy there that is freshman and we played one on one every time we saw each other. we gave it our all.. litterally shocing each other, (soooo competitve) and i hated his guts.. later to find out, i actually liked him.. he is the funniest kid alive,. and the one thing i noticed most was his smile, and that's not like me, because i have never liked anyone before in my life. and he is the first guy i liked. and i later found out that he liked me, but he didn't know i liked him. so we started texting... and we told each other everything.. EVERYTHING. and we trusted each other,we flirted and stuff and he was the best thing that ever happened to me. so we told each other we liked each other, and nothing else changed we were still best friends ( i don't date and so we didn't) then one day(March 23) we just stopped texting, no reason at all.. i was so depressed. i started cutting and crap like that. i was like i am never ever going to like anyone every again,. hes the First and only guy i ever liked, i can't stop thinking about him,, everyday that passes, he is in my thoughts. hi name is Tel.. and that word is used every day. like tell your sister to do this.. or im going to tell on you.. (blah blah blah) and it kills me eveytime i think about him. because i don't know what happened. so i have been trying everyday since the day we stopped talking to try to work up the nerve to talk to him, and i never could. but i finally did, i was like hey there buddy what's up, and he said hi? nothing... and i said cool, so i have been thinking and i miss us being friends and hanging out and stuff,, he was like yeah i know. and i said yeahh, and we never talkied since then( April 12) i can't take it, i don't want to like him at all. i want to give up and move on but i can't let go. just every little thing about him, he was so easy to talk to and trust, i was always myself around him, hes so perfect,, but i like him so much and he forgot all about me,.

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      12 years ago

      I like this girl in class for a while. One of my friends said that she talked to her and she kinda like me too. So after a while, I finally decided to ask her for lunch. After getting shot down repeatly, I finally went to her and told her how I feel. She told me that there is no chance and I was barking up the wrong tree. I felt really sad cause, this is the first girl I sincerely liked in a long time. I liked her for real, nothing artificial or just for fun. Now she knows I like her, she wont give me the time of day, and on top of that, we have class together and I think she hates me now. What do I do?

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      12 years ago

      ok I really want to go to this convention but I don't have anyone to go with and I am not sure I should be spending my money on it. I have saved about half of what I need for the convention and I know I will have the amount I need when I need to go. However if I went I would be traveling to a city I've never been to and I'll be alone, also I might have to share a hotel room with people I don't know. Should I stay or should I go?

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      12 years ago from Gaborone Botswana

      hey cool one hey me thinking bout.advice on TAKING THE RIGHT RISKS.

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      12 years ago

      If I were you I would say <<Hey (his name)! Um...about yesterday...look I'm sorry... I get pretty scared sometimes (something you're scared of) but when I'm around you it's scarier. Get what I mean?>> If he doesn't get it tell him: << Let me just put it this way, I'd love to go out with you.>>

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      13 years ago

      Great Hub! I might come back with a query one day!

    • Maddie Ruud profile imageAUTHOR

      Maddie Ruud 

      13 years ago from Oakland, CA

      There's a simple answer to that, Latrela. Ask him out yourself! Say something like, "Hey, you caught me by surprise the other day, but I'd really like to go out sometime. Are you free on Friday?" or some variation. The ladies over at Advice Vixens (the link's above) will have lots more to say, I'm sure.

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      13 years ago

      A guy that I really like asked me out today, but I was too scared to tell him that I liked him back. What should I do to get him to ask me out again?


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