Though one could argue that finding a geeky guy to date isn't all that difficult (hang out at GameStop or your local Games Workshop and you'll find yourself overrun with possibilities), actually hanging on to a geeky guy is another story. AMD believes geeky guys won't be entertained by someone who doesn't share an interest in his hobbies and wants to help women who are having trouble snagging themselves a man-nerd
In a posting published on the AMD company blog, Leslie Sobon, Corporate VP of Product Marketing, tells us how to get a geek boyfriend in five easy lessons.
The first is to learn to talk nerd. According to Sobon, if you don't know the difference between CPU, GPU, Flash memory, BIOS and LAN, you can forget about that Star Wars themed wedding you've been dreaming about.
The second point is similar to my advice, which is to hang out at nerd hotspots, though Sobon takes it a step further and suggests you go to the really nerdy places, like QuakeCon, overclocking events and LAN parties.
Third, you're going to want to find a few standard 'would you rather' type questions, such as 'AMD or Intel,' 'Nvidia or ATI' and 'Xbox or PS3.' Leslie suggests these:
- What will win, X86 or ARM?
- What’s more important in the PC – the CPU or GPU?
- Is 3D just a niche?
If you can't find yourself getting excited over shiny new MP3 players, DSes, or the latest Android tablet (depressing, but these people do exist), you're going to have to start watching lots of movies, playing a lot of games or listening to more/different music. Leslie says she has yet to find a geek who hasn't loved at least one of those three things, so if you can't handle gadgets, you'll have to start watching sci fi and playing more than just Angry Birds.
Lastly, Leslie wants you to be prepared to date someone with a poor fashion sense. However, she warns that you should wait until you've locked him in before you start acting like his mammy and picking his clothes for him.
"Most geeks don’t wear pants. They wear jeans or shorts. Just get over it and wait for the ring to diversify his wardrobe," she writes. "But if flip flops are non-negotiable, I understand."
If Leslie's advice seems like a crock, or you feel like you're giving up too much only to be demoted to "sammich-maker" during late-night StarCraft II marathons, take it from a lady-geek in the know: there are geeks out there who don't mind dating people who have their own, separate hobbies and interests. Mechanics don't only date mechanics, and hair stylists aren't desperate to bag themselves a barber. We geeks are no different. Sure, falling in love with a girl gamer would be nice, but the only thing worse than a girl who hates gaming is a girl who says stuff like, "Oh yeah, I love to play Call of Warfare all day long. I started playing after I got sick of that John Raynor guy and his Red Alerts."
Then again, that's just my opinion as a woman. Tell me, do you have certain, geeky requirements for the men or women you date, or will you accept anything as long as they don't act like they have two brain cells huddling together for warmth?