Modern Romance
by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg

Overview - The #1 New York Times Bestseller
A hilarious, thoughtful, and in-depth exploration of thepleasures and perils of modern romance from one of this generation s sharpest comedic voices

At some point, every one of us embarks on ajourney to find love.

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More About Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari; Eric Klinenberg
The #1New York Times Bestseller
A hilarious, thoughtful, and in-depth exploration of thepleasures and perils of modern romance from one of this generation s sharpest comedic voices

At some point, every one of us embarks on ajourney to find love. We meet people, date, getinto and out of relationships, all with the hopeof finding someone with whom we share a deepconnection. This seems standard now, but it swildly different from what people did even justdecades ago. Single people today have moreromantic options than at any point in humanhistory. With technology, our abilities to connectwith and sort through these options are staggering.So why are so many people 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 shelisted Combos as one of her favorite snack foods?Combos? My girlfriend just got a message fromsome dude named Nathan. Who s Nathan? Did hejust send her a photo of his penis? Should I checkjust to be sure?
But the transformation of our romantic livescan t be explained by technology alone. In a shortperiod of time, the whole culture of finding lovehas changed dramatically. A few decades ago, people would find a decent person who lived intheir neighborhood. Their families would meetand, after deciding neither party seemed like amurderer, they would get married and soon havea kid, all by the time they were twenty-four. Today, people marry later than ever and spend years oftheir lives on a quest to find the perfect person, asoul mate.
For years, Aziz Ansari has been aiming hiscomic insight at modern romance, but for ModernRomance, the book, he decided he needed to takethings to another level. He teamed up with NYUsociologist Eric Klinenberg and designed a massiveresearch project, including hundreds of interviewsand focus groups conducted everywhere fromTokyo to Buenos Aires to Wichita. They analyzedbehavioral data and surveys and created their ownonline research forum on Reddit, which drewthousands of messages. They enlisted the world sleading social scientists, including Andrew Cherlin, Eli Finkel, HelenFisher, Sheena Iyengar, Barry Schwartz, SherryTurkle, and Robb Willer. The result is unlike anysocial science or humor book we ve seen before.
In Modern Romance, Ansari combines hisirreverent humor with cutting-edge social scienceto give us an unforgettable tour of our newromantic world."

  • ISBN-13: 9781594206276
  • ISBN-10: 1594206279
  • Publisher: Penguin Press
  • Publish Date: June 2015
  • Page Count: 288

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-05-04
  • Reviewer: Staff

Inspired by his own romantic woes, comedian Ansari teamed up with sociologist Klinenberg in 2013 to design and conduct a research project to better understand the dating game as it’s played today. This books collects the insights gleaned from a variety of research methods: focus groups in major cities around the world, crowdsourcing on the website Reddit. Ansari addresses the effects of technology on modern relationships with an amusing historical overview, beginning with the classified ads of the 1980s and ’90s and video dating services before chronicling the rise of industry giants such as and Tinder. He also dives into the sociological theory at play, discussing “the paradox of choice,” the differences between “companionate” and “soul mate” marriages, and a generational conversation spurred by a visit to a retirement community. The book is steeped in pop culture, featuring examples from the popular Tumblr “Straight White Boys Texting,” sex columnist Dan Savage’s thoughts on open relationships, and Ansari’s personal dating maxim, hilariously dubbed “the Flo Rida Theory of Acquired Likability Through Repetition.” Despite Ansari’s insistence otherwise, most of this material has been covered exhaustively elsewhere, but Ansari’s oddball sense of humor does bring something new and refreshing to the conversation. Agent: Richard Abate, 3Arts Entertainment. (June)

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