Modern Romance – Aziz Ansari

Nov 15

Modern Romance – Aziz Ansari

This book by Aziz Ansari was not quite what I was expecting, but I enjoyed the ride and I learned a few things along the way. I was expecting a humorous look at Mr. Ansari’s own dating life; while moments of that were peppered in, it was largely a scientific research book about the major changes that have occurred in dating over the past few decades. Online dating, texting, sexting, and the excitement of single life vs. the stability of marriage are all covered in this quick and easy read. The author works with researchers, scientists, and daters from five countries to try and understand the parameters of modern romance. The idea of soul mates and marriage for love is a fairly new concept. I could definitely relate to the fun and frustration of the current dating scene; I was a way-late bloomer who dated countless guys looking for my perfect match. My husband was no match for me ‘on paper’; I am glad I gave him a chance and got to know him before writing him off. Also, thanks to technology, The Doc and I can look back on our very first encounter (a message he sent me through a singles’ group) and lovingly reread those first exchanges and laugh now at the awkward and well planned out messages we sent before deciding to meet.

I wish that I had read this book during my single years, it would have been more helpful then. For now, I am just going to start calling people ‘bing bongs’; a book is always a success for me if I can steal at least one new phrase.

As an aside, if you haven’t watched Master of None on Netflix yet, go do so immediately.

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