Request for Restaurant Startup: Wyrd

I grew up near New Brunswick, the college town that is home to four of Rutgers University’s campuses. And this past week, as I was standing on a street corner there, I thought about going into one of the popular bars in town. But as I stood there, I thought about how sad and awkward…

The Principle of Least Interest, or Who has the Power in Relationships

I’ve done two investigations about dating and relationships in the past for Thought Distiller. The first was about the “trading up” phenomenon and the FOMO that dating apps engender in users. The second was about latent preferences and how we might not consciously be aware of what we want. Today’s post is about the principle of…

The Loyalty Cycle: How to Build Trust

I’ve been thinking quite a bit lately about what makes strong relationships (romantic or otherwise). My recent interest in this topic was mainly driven by a recent NYT piece: “How Social Isolation Is Killing Us“. The article mentions that, “since the 1980s, the percentage of American adults who say they’re lonely has doubled from 20…

The “Trading Up” Phenomenon in Modern Dating

This summer, I read Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance. I initially thought it was just another comedic romp a la Master of None, but guided by Professor Eric Klinenberg’s academic insight, Modern Romance turned out a witty, accurate depiction of its titular theme. One thing I found particularly fascinating was the “trading up” phenomenon. Ansari pointed out that, in…