A hilarious, thoughtful, and in-depth quest for the pleasures and perils of modern romance in one of this generation’s sharpest comedic voices
At some point in time, each one of us embarks on the journey to seek love. We meet people, date, go into and out of relationships, by having the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it’s wildly distinctive from what people used to do just some decades ago. Single people today have an overabundance of romantic options than at any point in human history. With technology, our abilities o get in touch with and evaluate these choices are staggering. So why are so many people still frustrated?
Some of our problems are unique to our time. “Why did this guy just text me an emoji of a pizza?” “Should I go out with this girl even though she listed Combos as one of her favorite snack foods? Combos?!” “My girlfriend just got a message from some dude named Nathan. Who’s Nathan? Did he just send her a photo of his dick? Should I check just to be sure?”
For years, Aziz Ansari has been aiming his comic insight at modern romance, but for Modern Romance, the book, he decided he needed to take things to another level. He teamed up with NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg and designed a massive research project, including 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, which drew thousands of messages. They enlisted the world’s leading social scientists, including Andrew Cherlin, Eli Finkel, Helen Fisher, Sheena Iyengar, Barry Schwartz, Sherry Turkle, and Robb Willer. The result is unlike any social science or humor book we’ve seen before.
In Modern Romance, Ansari combines his irreverent humor with cutting-edge social science to give us an unforgettable tour of our new romantic world.
Now a New York Times Bestseller