In his stand-up, Aziz Ansari often talks about dating. And while he’s now happily in a relationship, he’s still fascinated with how people find each other — so fascinated, in fact, that he wrote a book about it called Modern Romance. The comic tells NPR’s Audie Cornish, “I didn’t want this book to be, you know, just for single people … who are out there now, but I wanted to kind of do an overview of dating and relationships as a whole.”
That meant teaming up with NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg, pouring over studies and data, and conducting focus groups from online forums to retirement homes. One big question Ansari wanted to answer was why — despite the millions of profiles on OkCupid, Match, Tinder and the like — people still struggle to find The One, or at least someone who will return their text messages.
And just so you can judge for yourself, here’s Flo Rida’s breakout hit “Low,” from the cinematic classic Step Up 2: The Streets (I actually unironically love this song, which I guess maybe means I’m a good dating prospect? Not sure.)