Thursday, February 19, 2015

To Fall Out of Love, Do This

You know those "it" articles - the ones that are shared incessantly, paraphrased everywhere and plastered all over social media? Each it article has its 15 minutes of fame, and for good reason. The fashionable article is eye-opening, controversial or relatable. A New York Times article titled “To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This” recently made the rounds. Below is a brief description: 

In Mandy Len Catron’s Modern Love essay, “To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This,” she refers to a study by the psychologist Arthur Aron (and others) that explores whether intimacy between two strangers can be accelerated by having them ask each other a specific series of personal questions. The 36 questions in the study are broken up into three sets, with each set intended to be more probing than the previous one. (The Times)

Personally, I was suffering a bout of self-diagnosed A.D.D. when I first started the Times article, and I didn't finish it. I did, however, devour The New Yorker's satire of the Times article, titled "To Fall Out of Love, Do This." This follow-up article is laugh out loud funny, relatable, and A.D.D.-repellent. You won't want to put it down. See below for the article's introduction, and click here to read the piece in full:

The following questions are part of a follow-up study to see whether the intimacy between two committed partners can be broken down by forcing them to ask each other thirty-six questions no one in a relationship should actually ask. (New Yorker)


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