Monday, April 25, 2016

Modern Romance - by Aziz Ansari

My rating: 

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. (Goodreads)

This book was really enjoyable and the audio was great because it's read by Aziz Ansari. The only downside to the audio was not being able to look at the charts of data from the research. In this book, Ansari does a great job of combining his unique humor with actual research, both from studies conducted specifically for this book and from historical studies used to provide context.

Modern Romance, as I expected, focuses heavily on how technology influences dating practices in the modern day. The statistics shared in this book were actually very enlightening and the anecdotal stories were perfectly chosen. Ansari shares stories from his own life but also chose some great gems to share from focus groups. If you want something that will make you laugh and educate you at the same time, I would highly recommend this book!

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