To my pleasant surprise, this book is largely based on sociological research that the authors conducted. It also includes an unusual approach to convenience sampling with binary response: measuring the volume of audience claps in response to certain questions. The potential sources of incorrect inference with this method, such as Simpon’s paradox, remain underexplored.
One nitpick is the way that relationships were conducted in the 1950’s is given privelege-of-place as “the way things were always done.” In fact, mating rituals had undergone radical transformation in the first half of the twentieth century with the advent of the movie theater, new modes of transportation, and disposable income for the middle class.
Aside from romantic relationships, this is also a good read on the risks of social media in the modern age. Candidates preparing for job interviews would benefit from reading both this book and So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed.