Read: character you were, or what kind of girlfriend you’d make, or what eyeshadow tint will ensure lifelong success in love. " one woman dives headfirst into the world of online quizzes, seeking the answers to her lifelong sexual identity questions. Maybe This Fun Quiz Will Tell Me" by Katie Heaney A column that the Netflix-and-chill generation can totally relate to, writer Tonya Malinowski takes readers through the Netflix history (and Netflix-inspired memories) of her recently-ended relationship.
Then, after another pass through her queue, she discovers her ex has committed the cardinal sin of still using her Netflix login.
Here are the 15 essay tells a story of what happens when someone falls for your perfectly-curated Instagram profile — and what happens when you’re too afraid (and have kept the façade of your online personal up for too long) to let them in on who you really are, filter-free.
Read: "My So-Called (Instagram) Life" by Clara Dollar From a painstakingly photographed selfie to a heartbreaking breakup, writer Sage Cruser describes what it’s like to love and lose in the age of social media — from having to take down (and therefore, click through) all those photographs of the two of you together, to finding your exes online dating profile just days after your relationship ended.
Many writers explored how technology and social media can both enable and frustrate emotional attachment, but none carried greater weight and poignancy than Ms. Our other finalists tackled a wide range of subjects, from wrestling with hoarding and body image to rejecting oppressive masculine codes of behavior.
This year’s contest also featured a variety of 100-word dispatches from college students around the world in our Tiny Love Stories column. Leddy and our other top finishers (listed below), and our gratitude to all who participated.
Thanks, as well, to contest readers Katherine Hu, Danya Issawi and Alexandra Petri.
The editors of Modern Love are interested in receiving deeply personal essays about contemporary relationships, marriage, dating, parenthood — any subject that might reasonably fit under the heading “Modern Love.” Ideally, essays should spring from some central dilemma the writer has faced.
Read: "To Stay In Love, Sign On The Dotted Line" by Mandy Len Catron As part of a generation that came of age completely consumed by social media (at least, most of us were) sometimes a healthy (relationship) reality check is in order — especially for anyone still compelled to use phrases like “Facebook official” and argue with our partners because the same Instagram filter isn’t equally flattering for both our complexions.
That reality check comes in the form of Ada Calhoun’s wedding toast-inspired-essay about the ups and downs that go on behind the scenes (and filters) of a marriage.