Aziz Ansari probably isn’t the first person you’d go to for dating advice, unless you’ve read this book. Unlike the usual books written by comedians, Modern Romance tells the statistical tale of mostly heterosexual relationships, specifically those of middle-class, university-educated people in their 20s and 30s, dating in the modern world. Inspired by his stand-up work, Ansari teamed up with NYU sociologist Eric Klineberg and created a research project including interviews and focus groups from Wichita to Tokyo. It analyzes how people begin and end relationships in the modern world, and compares it to the experiences of older generations.
“Oddly, 73 percent of those young adults—the very same ones who said they had broken up with other people via text or social media—said they would be upset if someone broke up with them that way,” is one of many statistics and facts that may shine a light on people and their actions and behavior toward each other in relationships big and small.
I think any single people in the world today could stand to read this book and learn a little about what they might be doing wrong, and any person in a relationship can read this fascinating book and appreciate that they aren’t single right now. He writes that the possibilities of finding a mate in this day and age are endless, but it’s not necessarily any easier.
I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in sociology with a splash of comedy. It’s done very well, and is very entertaining and fun. Find Modern Romance in the library.