Read: Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg
Ok, so I actually listened to this as an audiobook on a road trip, but it’s still technically reading, right? The audiobook is narrated by Ansari himself, which really added to the content (even if he does rag on the listener for being too lazy to read it themself).
Technology has drastically changed dating and relationships. Ansari and Klinenberg interviewed elderly people in a retirement home in New York City to establish a pre-technology baseline for meeting partners. They then interviewed young people in 4 different countries (NYC, LA, & Wichita, USA, Tokyo, Japan, Doha, Qatar, and Buenos Aires, Argentina) about their dating experiences and how they use technology in relationships. The results were fascinating.
What makes this book great is that it is a serious, relevant subject and the research was done in a scientific way, but Ansari adds his personal anecdotes and of course his signature humor to keep it from getting too technical. My partner and I definitely could relate to some of the findings. We were a bit surprised by others. (As always, the Japanese were both odd and somehow logical.)
I highly recommend this book to anyone dating or in a relationship that involves technology, especially the internet and smartphones (which is pretty much all of us at this point).