Checking The Hype Pulse--Part I Would You Trade 1 Year Of No Sex For No Stress? By Lightning Strykez! Welcome to "Checking The Hype Pulse"--my 1st series of poll-driven articles for 2008. In these threads we will explore the thoughts and opinions of the Hype populace as it relates to some of the hottest issues of today's world. As usual, I'm yer host, Hoff-master extraordinare, Lightning Strykez! And now, without further bloviation... Sometimes, when a teenager tries telling the average adult or parent that they're under stress, likely they get some sort of lecture. They'll probably be told that they don't know the meaning of stress. How many times has the old cliched retort been used? Ya know, the one that goes something like: "Wait until you've got bills to pay and a real job and kids, then you'll know about stress!" Wrong bucko. Everyone lives with some kind of stress. Be it at school or work, whether we're male or female, black or white, young or old, EVERYONE deals with some sort of stress in their lifetime. And for the vast majority of us, it's ongoing throughout our lifetimes. You can see the truth in this by how people choose to cope with their stress. Some elect to use druggery, while others pitch themselves into alcoholism. Still others choose to gamble their worries away, shop till they drop or engage in some other vice to give them that temporary high. And then--of course--there is the S-word. Ya know...the freaky one that scientists have long said is the probably one of the best ways to release that pent-up tension. But let's be frank, shall we? Just like the other vices I mentioned above, the relief that some good sexin' can bring is also fleeting--momentary at best. In other words, the problems that stress us out don't exactly shoot out of our lives when we...ya know...fleet. So I'm checking the Hype pulse by asking a question for discussion. It may look simple, but give it careful thought. Would you give up having sex for one full year in exchange for a year of blissful, stress-free existence? Now, before you chiles just start a-typin', keep in mind that this would mean that ALL sources of problems in your life would be eliminated from your radar for 365 days--leaving you with not a care in the world. BUT, the catch is you would not get ANY luvin' for the same period of time. That includes...ahem...self-love too. Could you do it? Would such a trade be worth it to you? Why or why not?