Actor and comedian Aziz Ansari tackles finding love in the modern age in his debut book, Modern Romance. The data-driven exploration, co-authored by sociologist Eric Klinenberg, aims to “chip away at the changing state of love.” According to Time’s excerpt from the upcoming project, the investigation was prompted by a single, nagging question:
“Whether it’s where I’m eating, where I’m traveling or, God forbid, something I’m buying, like a lot of people in my generation—those in their 20s and 30s,” Ansari writes, “I feel compelled to do a ton of research to make sure I’m getting every option and then making the best choice. If this mentality pervades our decision-making in so many realms, is it also affecting how we choose a romantic partner?”
With unlimited potential suitors via dating apps and the power of the Internet, finding love seems like it should be easier than ever as it could just be one swipe away.
“In the course of our research, I also discovered something surprising: the winding road from the classified section of yore to Tinder has taken an unexpected turn,” Ansari writes. “Our phones and texts and apps might just be bringing us full circle, back to an old-fashioned version of courting that is closer to what my own parents experienced than you might guess.”
Modern Romance is due out June 16, but fans can pre-order their copy today. To read the full excerpt from the forthcoming book, head on over to Time.
Check out Ansari’s throwback book trailer, which pays homage to old-school dating videos.