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Aziz Ansari reads embarrassing first texts with Jimmy Fallon on Tonight Show

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Aziz Ansari knows modern dating can be tough, and his research for the book Modern Romance taught Ansari just that: he examined real-life text exchanges that could sometimes barely qualify as romantic.

Ansari’s research offered him a look at a number of texts that did lead to dates, and others that sadly received little or no response. So Jimmy Fallon decided to let Ansari work his magic with Tonight Show viewers, who submitted their actual first texts to be on the show.

Watch the segment above and cringe in horror (or honor, depending on your spellcheck), as texts with typos, texts that could be small novels, and many other problems crop up throughout the snippets of doomed love Ansari reads.

For more on Modern Romance, listen to Ansari read the introduction to the book.