On today’s show, economist and author, Tim Harford, tackles questions about love, sex and dating.
"This is what an opportunity cost feels like!"
The terminology in this episode SLAYS me.
Like most Americans watching the VMAs last Sunday, I turned my television off promptly after the NSYNC reunion. I mean, come on. Later that night I found out that Justin Timberlake won Video of the Year and realized that despite having heard “Mirrors” at least a hundred times in my car, I’ve never actually seen the video (because that’s how MTV works).
So I sat down, pulled it up on YouTube/Vevo and watched the eight minutes of it. Considering the short attention span people have for Internet videos these days, I’d say that was pretty impressive.
Anyways, I got teary-eyed. And for those who know me, that may come off as strange. I’m the type of person who shits on rom coms and laughed during Titanic and Contagion. But somewhere around the 6:30 mark of the song, my insides started swallowing themselves.
You are, you are the love of my life.
There is a repetitiveness in this grandiose line that I think everyone - even the supposed romance-intolerant or cynical lover - wants to hear, believe, and have continuously affirmed. And that’s the feeling I got when I heard that line crammed into my brains 30-something times before the video concluded. It’s strange - and so cheesy from some silly pop video. I’m not someone whose life lacks love, but perhaps the desire to be someone’s true other half is becoming more primal than I could’ve ever expected.
[I hate] all of the bands on the radio and in general who play "rock" music, but in reality they just SING about love and love and love. WWHY CAN’T PEOPLE SING ABOUT FOOD?! I MEAN WHY IS OUR COUNRTY OBBSESED WITH LOVE?! LAST THING I CHECKED OUR COUNTRY WASN’T THE NYMPHO CAPITAL OF THE WORLD.
- Find a complete stranger.
- Reveal to each other intimate details about your lives for half an hour.
- Then, stare deeply into each other’s eyes without talking for four minutes.
York psychologist, Professor Arthur Arun, has been studying why people fall in love.
He asked his subjects to carry out the above 3 steps and found that many of his couples felt deeply attracted after the 34 minute experiment. Two of his subjects later got married.
For the record, I always know how good I have it.
20-something writer roaming about NYC.