Fun book recommendation of the day
Modern Romance is a hilariously funny, thoughtful, and in-depth exploration of the pleasures that exposes the dangers of modern romance. The book is written by the comedian Aziz Ansari. In the book, Ansari combines his irreverent humor with cutting-edge social science to give us an unforgettable tour of our new romantic world. He talks bout how each of us, at some point in our life, embark on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. Although this seems standard now, it is very different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history. With technology, our abilities to connect and sort through these options are staggering. But the question is that why are so many people frustrated?
Can the transformation of our romantic lives be explained by technology alone? In a short period of time, the culture of finding love has changed dramatically. A few decades ago, people could only find love in their neighborhood. Their families would meet and, after deciding neither party seemed like a murderer, they would get married and soon have a kid, all before they were twenty-four. Today, people marry later than ever and spend years of their lives on a quest to find the perfect person.
Ansari has been mostly aiming his comic insight at modern romance and for his book, Modern Romance, he takes things to another level. He teamed up with NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg and designed a massive research project that included hundreds of interviews and focus groups conducted everywhere from Tokyo to Buenos Aires to Wichita. They analyzed behavioral data and surveys and created their own online research forum on Reddit. The result is unlike any social science or humor book we have seen before.