At some point, every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it’s wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history. With technology, our abilities to connect with and sort through these options are staggering. So why are so many people frustrated?
Review: Modern Romance is a hilarious and surprisingly insightful exploration on how the concept of dating has evolved throughout the years. Armed with stats and teaming up with noted sociologists, and focus groups, Ansari and team explore the varied dating cultures of Tokyo, Paris, and Buenos Aires. Where some cultures are lax about love, sex, and romance others such as the Southeast Asian culture where arranged marriages are still prominent. I laughed and learned a lot from this book especially when Ansari examines real-time text exchanges between singles in the United States such as the anxiety of awaiting for someone to return your text or being too afraid to picking up the phone and calling someone directly. There is also a closer look at the myriad of dating apps and websites that many people use today that did not exist for many of the older generations. Modern Romance is completely readable with out being dry. Not only does it discuss the history, evolution, and pitfalls of dating, but the book also offers sound advice on how to actually win today's constantly shifting game of love.
Rating: 4 stars
Words of Caution: There is very strong language and frank discussions of sex throughout the book. Recommended for adults only.
If you like this book try: It's Not You by Sara Eckel