This is my review of Modern Romance, by Aziz Ansari.
This book is basically Freakonomics, but about dating and relationships. Also, Aziz Ansari is so cool. Anthropology tickles me because it forces me to look at social practices from a third person perspective; things I take for granted suddenly seem ridiculous (and pretentious, but that’s just me).
It asks questions that may or may not be interesting to you, like:
- What’s the best way to seem attractive via text message?
- How and why did online dating catch on?
- How has the Information Age changed relationships?
- What should my Tinder profile picture look like?!
Honestly, these aren’t things I’ve ever thought about. But what appealed to me was his scientific approach to a decidedly unscientific process. The evolution (and lack of evolution, at times) of social norms over generations never fails to amaze me. Online dating started out as a practice that was looked down upon, but in a matter of decades went mainstream.
3.5/5 from me. Take a look if you’re a light-nonfiction fan.