Swiping? Ghosting? Sexting? There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to dating in the age of Tinder and the dozens of other online dating hubs. Thankfully, Aziz Ansari is as interested in dating as he is in fine dining.
In Modern Romance Aziz, along with sociologist Eric Klinenberg, seeks to understand the evolving world of dating. Not so long ago people coupled up simply by poking their heads out their windows to see who lived next door. Now it’s almost expected that we find “the one,” someone who completes us (see: Jerry Maguire) and figures into an overlong love story for future generations (see: How I Met Your Mother).
Aziz is as intrigued and captivated by relationships and dating apps as anyone else who’s swam in the dick pic infested waters of digital courtship, and therein lies the book’s greatest strength. Aziz is an active participant, eagerly researching and learning right along with us. He helps to illuminate truths that seem obvious after the fact. The humor sometimes falls flat, but it’s more difficult to be funny on the page than it is on the stage.
The next time you get ghosted – that’s when a romantic interest disappears like an aloof Casper – turn to Modern Romance. Because even when you’re confused, hurt, and alone (eating comfort tacos, natch), you’ll be assured of one thing: at least Aziz understands.