Understanding Experience Design Improves Interpersonal Interactions

I’ve established a belief that any interpersonal interactions require an element of “experience design.” In professional design terms, experience design (XD) is the process of designing products to optimize the quality of the user experience. In movies, for example, much of the experience is dictated by the color scheme. This element of the experience is…

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…