Modern Dating: A Field Guide Paperback – 30 Apr 2013
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"Atik's smart, youthful appraisal of today's social landscape makes her seem like an expert that's just one step ahead of you. Informed by research and delivered with style, this is big-sister advice at its best." -Publisher's Weekly Starred Review
"Packed with tips and tests you can use to squeeze the maximum fun out of singledom." -Glamour
"Using an appealing format full of sketches and bulleted lists, the authors impart tidbits such as the six worst things to say on a date, what makes a profile picture successful, how to be more attractive in five easy steps, and much more." -Library Journal Starred Review
About the Author
Chiara Atik is a writer and blogger recently described by Gawker as The Girl You Wish You Knew When You Moved to New York. Her writing has been featured on Elle.com, Glamour.com, The Hairpin, Today.com, and Yahoo Shine. She was New York editor of GuestofaGuest.com and has been writing about dating for HowAboutWe since 2010."
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All things considered, I'd say that at age 26, this book doesn't have a lot of new stuff to tell me regarding all things vanilla and mainstream in the dating world. It's full of advice that's going to seem obvious to anyone who's been dating and sexing for a while. It's got Captain Obvious advice ("be direct! Say you want to have sex!"), a frankly bizarre "judging men by their books" section (loving Joyce Carol Oates is a sign that a guy is delicate?!), an out-of-touch throwaway section about "how to know if a girl is into other girls" ("how does she feel about Shane in the L word?"), lots of casually sex-negative language ("walk of shame"), and tons of hammering it home that sleeping around is temporary and monogamy is the goal (despite some statistics at the beginning that speak to other kinds of lives)…
It's also peppered with alienating, sexist little jokes. Like how you totally need your male friends cuz they'll always be trying to get you to see the genius of Blade Runner. Because, y'know, guys are the ones who like science fiction or geeking out about movies! So funny!
There's a total absence of advice about balancing your kinks with your other dating priorities—something that my girlfriends and I talk about often!
Some of the technology stuff is good and on-point (don't stalk their facebook page on an iphone cuz you'll accidentally like something.)
Also, unlike a lot of books in this category, it didn't make me feel crappy about being single or dish out a bunch of crazy sounding, desperate advice. It's also filled with visuals and infographics too which are great, like the 'can you be friends with benefits?' chart that is hilarious but actually helpful. If you are single buy this book! Filled with way better advice than any friend will give you.