Friends of Aeon donate as little as US$5
a month and enjoy exclusive benefits.

Save and annotate your favourite articles, engage with Aeon
editors and receive our monthly ebook for easy offline reading.

Become a Friend now

Aeon is not-for-profit and needs
your support.

Become a Friend now

Melissa Dahl
Senior Editor, The Cut

Melissa Dahl is editor of New York magazine's Science of Us, and the author of Cringeworthy: A Theory of Awkwardness (2018). She lives in New York.

Written by Melissa Dahl