Summary: A hilarious, thoughtful, and in-depth exploration of the pleasures and perils of modern romance from one of this generation’s most popular and sharpest comedic voices.
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?
Some of our problems are unique to our time. “Why did this guy just text me an emoji of a pizza?” “Should I go out with this girl even though she listed Combos as one of her favorite snack foods? Combos?!” “My girlfriend just got a message from some dude named Nathan. Who’s Nathan? Did he just send her a photo of his penis? Should I check just to be sure?”
But the transformation of our romantic lives can’t be explained by technology alone. In a short period of time, the whole culture of finding love has changed dramatically. A few decades ago, people would find a decent person who lived in their neighborhood. Their families would meet, and, after deciding neither party seemed like a murderer, they would get married and soon have a kid, all by the time they were 24. Today people marry later than ever and spend years of their lives on a quest to find the perfect person, a soul mate…Read more.
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Aziz Ansari, Eric Klinenberg: Modern Romance Audio Book Summary
Modern Romance is the book written by American comedian of Hindu descent Aziz Ansari in co-authorship with researcher Eric Klinenberg.
Although Aziz Ansari is a standup and star of successful comedy series in the United States, this book is not the typical book written by a comedian whose purpose is to tell funny stories, is not autobiographical, is surprising as it seems , A book that is based on social research.
Aziz was interested in understanding how the process of knowing someone works and having dates in the XXI century, so he decided to carry out a series of investigations with the help of a social scientist.
Ansari hoped to find out how the new generations have dates, how they decide when it is time to make a real commitment to the couple, and finally, that is what leads them to establish themselves in a monogamous life.
He also wanted to know what impact the use of the internet has on the way people meet new people today, how dating sites work like match.com, or social networks like Tindr, texting and sexting.
He talks about society’s widespread obsession with finding his soul mate, looking for it everywhere, unlike past generations who did not seek a perfect partner, but a good partner or partner, and would know that other issues like romance They would come in addition over time.
It seeks to analyze how the Smartphone world impacts on infidelity, paranoia and snooping especially on young couples.
Finally, it establishes a comparison of the behavior of dating between both sexes of different nationalities, among them Japan, Qatar, France and Argentina.
It is said that we live in an age where there have been more and more options to meet people, paradoxically, it is a time where relationships last less and where people have more couples before marriage.
Ansari, in addition to wanting to analyze the implications of dating and relationships, really does an arduous research work in which Klinenberg and himself. They use methodological tools such as focus groups, online surveys applied to people from various parts of the world.
Although a book of sociological research, it is written with the humorous touch of Ansari, which makes it an even more interesting work because of its originality. It is a book that may surprise the reader by its numbers and its social discoveries, but which can also entertain and amuse him and even why not, to understand much of the world of relationships today.
It is not a research aimed at academics or experts in social science, in fact, as specified in the introduction, it is more for a casual audience that is a follower of the path of Ansari, or, you are interested in knowing how appointments work today in day.
In short, it is an entertaining but well-documented reading that we can probably learn to better relate to and understand some of the trends in the way relationships are created today.