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The duo, who have been friends for four years, decided to embark on a relationship “experiment” after finding themselves single at the same time. They settled on a day timeline, and agreed on six rules: seeing each other every day, going on three dates a week, completing a daily questionnaire, visiting a couples’ therapist every week, going on a weekend trip together and abstaining from dating, kissing or having sex with anyone else.
In an attempt to explore and hopefully overcome their fears and inadequacies, Tim and Jessica will go through the motions of a relationship for the next 40 days: the commitment, time, companionship, joys and frustrations. Can they help each other, or will they fall into their same habits? Will they damage their friendship? What if they fall in love? Walsh and Goodman have very different approaches to relationships — she tends to “jump right in,” whereas he is more wary of commitment.
Did anything interesting happen? Truthfully, I am quite nervous. However, I know that when an opportunity scares me, I must go for it. No matter what the outcome, it will certainly be an interesting experience. Hopefully we can have some fun along the way, too.
Still, it’s an accurate description of what transpires on “40 Days” between graphic designers Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman. If virtually.
Words by Margaret Rhodes. Specifically, from Timothy Goodman and Jessica Walsh , who put themselves under the microscope when they dated each other for 40 days by keeping diaries, and then publishing said diaries online, one day at a time. Now the original blog, along with heart-wrenching new journal entries from the months following, becomes the book, 40 Days of Dating: An Experiment Abrams. Friends first, they both thought 40 days of sincere dating might help them break some long-standing romantic habits.
They agreed to a set of rules to keep the project intact, one of which was to keep daily journal entries. When they later decided to unspool the story online, they commissioned dozens of hand-lettered illustrations from friends to accompany the text. It was a new kind of storytelling, like a carefully considered web reality show. The project took the internet by storm, as they say, racking up some 15 million viewers and a deal with Warner Bros.
Entertainment to turn it into a movie. You already published the blog online and you have a movie deal in the works. Jessica: When we started we really had no idea how 40 Days would be taken.
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40 Days of Dating: what happened next?
But first it was simply a blog. More than , fans checked in daily to read the “he said, she said”-style posts, which were recorded during the project then released to the public months later. Throughout the course of their quasi-courtship, the pair said the process of cataloguing their feelings challenged them to confront how they approached love and life, in general. I started going to yoga and running every day.
Two friends with opposite relationship foibles had to date each other for 40 days. Jessica Walsh is the romantic, and Timothy Goodman is the commitmentphobe. They were hoping to mellow each other out, I guess, and in so doing give the voyeurism-hungry internet a glimpse into the inner machinations of a blossoming relationship.
The whole thing was documented on their elaborately designed website. It finished today with the capstone Day 40 post. Their friends wanted to make a trendy website, replete with sooo many cool fonts, and they obliged by closed-mouth kissing each other for over a month.
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When New York-based graphic designers and long-time friends Timothy Goodman and Jessica Walsh found themselves single at the same time, they decided to try an experiment. The old adage says that it takes 40 days to change a habit – could the same be said for love? So they agreed to date each other for 40 days, record their experiences in questionnaires, photographs, videos, texts, and artworks, and post the material on a website they would create for this purpose.
When New York-based graphic designers and long-time friends Timothy Goodman and Jessica Walsh found themselves single at the same time, they decided.
The old adage says that it takes 40 days to create a habit-could it create love? They agreed; they would date each other for 40 days, record their experience in questionnaires, photographs, videos, texts and artworks and post them on their website: fortydaysofdating. They set up 10 ground rules including, “We will see each other every day for forty days,” “We will go on one weekend trip together,” and “We will not see, date, hookup, or have sex with anyone else.