Manhattanites and graphic designers Timothy Goodman and Jessica Walsh decided to find out — and the platonic friends embarked on the tenuous mission of dating each other for 40 days. The adventure was chronicled in a blog — and now a book — for all to see. The ground rules were simple: With these rules in place, the Forty days of dating what happened next launched their design-heavy blog, "40 Days of Dating," inhoping to "cure" one another of their dating bad habits.
Now, a year and a half later, they have a book out under the same name, out Feb. And no stone in their relationship is left unturned. Think of the bright orange book as a field guide to Millennial dating in New York City. Every text message, tweet, scrap of dating ephemera like restaurant receipts, Magnolia bakery cartons and even a corporate are methodically filed and documented in the day experiment.
Beginning in MarchGoodman and Walsh dated, ate, drank and bickered across New York City, with their fights chronicled on iMessage and Facebook chats pasted in the book. Even their couple's therapist weighs in on their social experiment, noting their relationship patterns "were largely related to their particular family histories. To many fans' delight, the book picks up where the blog left off, after Day The couple — spoiler alert — doesn't end up together, though both Walsh and Goodman say there are no hard feelings, and they remain close.
If all of this sounds like the script to some earnest indie Hollywood flick, you're not wrong. After their blog went viral, Goodman and Walsh were offered movie rights from Warner Brothers. But how did the idea Forty days of dating what happened next into fruition? The two thought of the concept in after one of Walsh's relationships turned sour. Goodman said the value comes from capturing how two young, successful Millennials date in New York in the smartphone era.
Aficionados of the blog will be happy to hear that there are more than pages in the book detailing what happened after the day experiment ended, including friendship-ending fights, reconciliation and even an engagement ring for one of Forty days of dating what happened next. So, do these newly minted dating gurus have any advice for the other poor singles dating in New York?
But for Walsh who, spoiler alert, got married to another guydating is
Forty days of dating what happened next but not impossible. What would happen if Harry met Sally in the age of Tinder and Forty days of dating what happened next Difficult, but not impossible. See each other every day for 40 days.
Go on at least 3 dates a week. See a couples' therapist once a week. Go on one weekend trip together.
Fill out daily questionnaire and document everything. Don't see, date, hook up or have sex with anyone else during these 40 days.