Thumbs up for Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari. Sociology.
The title accurately represents the topic. I did enjoy reading this book overall, but it fell flat for me personally because, as a sociology book written by a humorist, it wasn’t that funny (not Mary Roach-funny), and I was already familiar with a lot of the research presented. Two things I learned: Tinder is more sensible than it seems; and we should probably, as a society, take another look at the assumption of monogamy, because smart people should question the validity of any rule that is practiced more in the breach than the observance.
In this sense, Tinder actually isn’t so different from what our grandparents did, nor is the way my friend used online dating to find someone Jewish who lived nearby [by typing Jewish and his ZIP code into a dating site]. In a world of infinite possibilities, we’ve cut down our options to people we’re attracted to in our neighborhood.
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