some of you may have read my dating
rant post a couple of weeks ago (it can be found here). in the comments, brosen recommended i pick up aziz ansari’s new book modern romance because it tackled some of my frustrations. i finished it yesterday. thank you for the recommendation.
for those not in the know, aziz was asked to write a book and decided to take a look at the dating landscape in the age of technology hence modern romance. he did a years plus worth of research teaming with sociologists and other behavioral specialists to try and figure out what the hell is happening out there. it’s really well put together with the perfect amount of scientific data and aziz humor.
there are so many great parts in this book. he starts his research by going to a retirement home to poll seniors on how they met their significant others. (one of the seniors just wanted free donuts.) he asks people at his stand up shows to share their texts and interactions with potentials dates. (generic “hey” texts are not cool.) he also traveled to tokyo, paris and a few other spots to see if dating is any easier abroad. (glad to know what a soapland is.)
it’s a quick read and highly entertaining. it definitely made me feel better to know that more people are in the same boat as me i.e confused and frustrated. by the way, i’m never texting a girl for a first date ever again. i will always call from here on out. maybe i can share that story for dating again part 4 which might be coming soon.