If we were having a discussion about our favourite shows on Netflix, Master of None would most definitely be high up there on my list. I thoroughly enjoyed seasons one & two (eagerly awaiting more) and found it spoke to the "millennial" in me plus it's set in New York City. I love how each episode is centred around a different aspect of young adulthood; maintaining communication with friends & family, casual racism, religion and of course, dating & relationships. Especially in this digital age.
After watching the series (multiple times) I learned that Aziz Ansari (show creator and centre character) actually based the show off a book he wrote titled "Modern Romance: An Investigation" which looks to see how technology and the internet have affected modern love and relationships.
Here are some of the takeaways I got from the book:
"Finding someone today is probably more complicated & stressful than it was for previous generations - but you're also more likely to end up with someone you're really excited about."
"People from our parents/grandparents usually just met & married someone who was in close proximity (same area) - now that we have the internet, that geographical boundary has pretty much vanished."
"The 'wait game' - Hella annoying. He took 10 minutes to reply so i'm gonna wait 15/20 minutes to reply and so forth."
"Uncertainty is created when someone doesn't reply to our messages. This has been found to lead to strong romantic attraction - we want more of what's scarce."
We all have our phones with us - just don't want to seem keen or too eager.
"We're also marrying later. Going through this new life phase 'emerging adulthood'. This 'post-education, finding our footing with work' era where we're exploring all these dating options. Trying to figure out what it is we want (whilst having fun & embracing youth)."
"Back then people settled for companionate love; someone who's a decent human being, has a job, isn't a murderer. Because of our vast range we're looking for our soulmate; looking for a much deeper connection."
"We are no longer the generation of the "good-enough" marriage. We are now looking for our soulmates."
"Today, if you own a smartphone, you're carrying a 24-7 singles bar in your pocket"
"With so many romantic options, instead of trying to explore them all make sure you properly invest in people and give them a fair chance before moving on.
Go on more fifth dates than first
Even though I've pretty much given you a rundown of the entire book I would definitely recommend reading - it's a funny, light and an incredibly easy read. What do you think? Agree? Disagree? Let me know your thoughts!
(also if anyone's wondering about my book review notepad, it can be found here )