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Top Ten Reasons Women Are Better Off With Geeks

Posted by Non-Hamster on February 13th, 2009

Somebody told me once that people love lists and from what I've seen when looking around on sites like digg I would have to say it's true.  Lists, particularly top ten or top 100 lists do seem to be quite popular.  Therefore I set about the task of coming up with a top ten list of my own.  While surfing around looking for inspiration I stumbled across several sites that got the nostalgia flowing, reminding me of when I was in school

You see I've always been one of those introverted geek wannabe types that never seemed to fit into the crowd.  From the very first day of first grade all the way until I graduated high school I had the worst time fitting in.  Being "one of the guys" was something that never really did happen for me back then.  They spent their time under car lifts or playing sports while I was more interested in a good science fiction book.  I spent a lot more time with the likes of Heinlein, Herbert, Clarke and the gang than I did with other kids in school.  They didn't understand me and I didn't get their fascination with sports and cars.

Having anything to do with girls beyond answering direct questions was even farther out of reach for me.  If the guys were a mystery to me, the girls were positively alien, they may as well have been from another planet as far as I was concerned.  They spoke a language filled with hidden meanings that you were supposed to somehow understand without explanation.  They held a power over guys that made them positively terrifying.  They also wouldn't be caught dead anywhere near a geek, much less have anything to do with one.

Since then I've managed to learn somewhat how to fit in but it's taken me the larger part of fifty years to reach that point.  Even then, at heart I'm still a geek wannabe and probably always will be.

What all this time on memory lane (yes, I am not a hamster, I am going somewhere with this) did for me was give me an idea for that top ten list.  And before anybody decides to wonder, no, I'm not even considering thinking about dating, I can't imagine ever doing that.  This is just a little something for the ladies out there to think about before they turn their noses up at the geek in the corner.  There is probably more to him than meets the eye.

1.) Geeks are awkward and usually painfully shy but 99% of the time they’re well-meaning and honest. The smooth dude with the slick "I'm so cool" attitude and the octopus hands?  No secret what He's thinking about.

2.) Mr. slick is real quick to say "Yeah baby, I'll call you." and then never bother.  When a geek says he'll call, you've can bet he's got a note somewhere to remind him and unless he gets REALLY involved in a game or chasing a bug in a program, he'll call and he might set an alarm just in case that happens.  Not only that, once he gets the idea that it's ok, he's very likely to call when you don't expect it.

3.) Geeks are very useful these days.  When your computer decides not to cooperate, odds are he can get it working again or knows somebody who can.  He's also handy for learning how to install and use the odd new program and take care of most things that are powered by electricity.

4.) Because they're overlooked by most women, there is plenty of unattached geeks to choose from and they come in every size and shape.

5.) Most are quite good at remembering dates. Like birth dates and such, especially if they know it’ll make you happy. They’re more attentive than the Mr. Slicks who “have more options”.

6.) They’re usually low-maintenance. Pizza, Cheetos and Coke.  You don't have to go all out with complicated dinners needed (though they'll appreciate it), if you can you order a pizza and watch a science fiction movie, you're set for a date.

7.) Odds are high that he's in a bar as often as slugs go to salt mines. You won’t have to worry much about your geek getting his “groove” on with club hotties because he’ll be too busy working on his computer or writing that new program.

8.) You don’t have to worry about a geek flirting with other women because aside from being shy 9 out of 10 times he’ll go right past them in a straight line to the nearest electronics store.  If another woman hits on him, he's liable to not even realize it until you tell him.

9.) His friends aren’t jerks.  Remember, they’re awkward geeks too and will almost always treat you with respect.  They'll probably be in awe of the fact that you've chosen to be with him over some Mr. Slick.

10.) He'll actually give a damn about you. Not just how you look (though they ARE impressed.) or how much make-up you use or anything else. They like you for you.

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  1. Furminator on 18.02.2009 at 17:24 (Reply)

    I love your top 10 list and so true it is! I dated all sorts of guys and I happened to marry the geek!  And have never been happier. So I will second this in saying girls get yourself a geek and you’ll be happy for the rest of your life!

  2. Scott on 16.03.2009 at 15:42 (Reply)

    You know, I’m a geek.  I actually find this really offensive.  Implying that geeks have zero in the way of social skills is acrimonious.  We like going out and having fun at bars.  We enjoy talking to women.  It seems that you are “lowering” yourself to geekdom.  I, for one, would like you to get to know us as people, not as a label.

    1. Non-Hamster on 16.03.2009 at 21:29 (Reply)

      Y’know I’ve no doubt that there’s a large number of geeks like you that are well adjusted with brilliant social skills.  However, in my own very personal experience geeks like that are the exception.  The vast majority of geeks and geek wanabees, myself included, are a long way from being blessed with such social prowess.  I’m not “lowering” myself at all, I’m being that which I am without caring who does and does not like it. 

      Nor do I think that ladies who choose the geek path for partners are “lowering” themselves either.  I think that they’re actually taking the high road when they choose one of us over “Mr. Slick”.  The problem is that stereotypes are very hard to overcome long enough for “Jane Average” to see the truth about us and it’s nearly impossible for the average “Jane SuperHottie” to come away from how fantastic she is to even consider someone that she perceives as being so far below her as we geeks are considered to be.

    2. bob on 17.04.2009 at 00:11 (Reply)

      Scott on 16.03.2009 at 15:42 speaks the truth.

  3. copypasta is plagarism on 17.03.2009 at 20:34 (Reply)

    You know, I’ve seen this list so many places now that it’s not even funny.  Every one I see claims it to be their own and has changed just enough that it looks a little different (reordering the list, etc).

    Let this thing die.  The only people reading these are the geeks trying to raise their own self-esteem.  The people that need to see this never will, because I don’t know of many chicks who don’t already know this stuff that WOULD be StumbleUpon’ing long enough to find this.

    1. Non-Hamster on 18.03.2009 at 11:19 (Reply)

      All I can say is that maybe YOU have seen this all over the place but that doesn’t mean that I have.  Yeah, I was inspired by other top ten lists that I’ve seen.

      So what.

      As for whether YOU like it or not, I could give a flying crap.

      I’ll not have anybody presuming to tell me what I should and should not post.  If you don’t like it, you know where the door is, don’t let it hit you on the arse on the way out.

  4. skywater on 19.03.2009 at 14:57 (Reply)

    LOVED the list!
    I’m married to a geek, and I love it! (and him!) I’m not a geek myself, and while I’m not a super-hottie,
    I’m no dog, either.
    All women should know that geeks make a great “catch.” Your list is dead on. My geek understands
    technology in ways that most people never will. He has the archetypal geeky sarcastic sense of humor.
    He is easy to understand, easy to please
    He can figure out how to do almost anything. Best of all, I
    don’t EVER have to fix my own
    computer. Or hook up the cable box. Or even know how to turn on the digital camera.  I feel sorry for all
    the wives of “cool-guys” who are spending Saturdays alone while their husbands go play golf,
    trying to figure out how to install software on their computer, and wondering if I’ll get mad if they call
    MY husband to help them!

  5. helpful on 16.04.2009 at 15:29 (Reply)

    I don’t really like the bits about always being able to fix your technology.  Being a geek I love to tinker
    with any technology I get a chance at and I’m always happy to help but I had a girlfriend I’m pretty sure
    just kept me around to fix her stuff.  Especially when the rest of her family started calling me too, even at
    work.  I mean it started out with mutual interest and I liked her but after about a month I think she had lost
    interest but saw a use in me for free tech support and that’s not cool.

    So maybe just something to keep in mind: Yeah it’s a plus that the geek is able to work wonders with
    technology but, please, don’t date one just for that.  Maybe for some of the other stuff on this list, but not
    solely that.

    Otherwise great list.  Yeah I’ve seen it around a few times in different versions but I like it.  I like to think the
    people that do need to see it, see it and the confidence boost doesn’t hurt ;).

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