While you’re too busy scoping out the gorgeous bad boy, you may be making the huge mistake of overlooking the quiet, bookish type—AKA the nerdy guy. Sure, you probably won’t share their love for Star Wars, comic books, or the inner workings of your iPad, but beneath that dorky exterior could very well be the man of your dreams. Here are 10 reasons why you should take a break from dating jerks, and start giving geekier guys a chance.
1. They’re Gentlemen
Let’s face it, geeks typically lack game. But that only really means that they haven’t resorted to lying or manipulating to pick up women. Nerds are generally honest and respectful, which is why they’ll genuinely love you for you, and you most likely won’t have to worry about getting played. Oh, and when they say they’ll call, they really will.
2. They’re Passionate
Whether their room is decked out with action figures or movie posters, geeks are usually very passionate about what they love, and that adoration will more than translate when it comes to you. Nerds are attentive, and if you let them, they’ll make you their world.
3. They Appreciate You
Because of their shy nature, most nerdy guys haven’t gained much experience in the girl department, so they tend to actually appreciate you. Your geek will more than happy to have you, and will be less likely to take you for granted, cheat, or treat you badly.
4. It’s Easy to Make Them Happy
It’s usually pretty easy to figure out what a nerd is crazy about—if it’s not plastered all over his shirt, it will be all over his bedroom. Doing a little research and picking him up a new geek gadget, or joining him and braving a comic-book-inspired movie are simple, little things that are sure to brighten his day.
5. They’re Underrated
Geeks are everywhere, so they’re pretty easy to find. They’re also not necessarily in high demand, so you’ll definitely have your pick, and won’t have to worry about someone else trying to swoop in and try to steal your guy.
6. They’re Romantic
Nerds are usually sensitive and have a huge soft side, which means they can be very romantic. That not only leads to more cuddling and melt-worthy gestures, but fireworks in the bedroom too.
7. They Never Forget
Most nerds are pretty organized, so you’ll never have to worry about them forgetting special dates, like your birthday or anniversary. They also tend to be good planners; so don’t be surprised when they go out of their way to make important days that much more memorable.
8. They’ll Introduce You to New Things
Dating a geek will open up a whole new world—maybe you won’t pick up his love for Superman, but you’ll gain new experiences, meet different people and become more cultured as a result.
9. They’re Smart
Nerds are typically intelligent, well educated and more often than not, successful. You’ll never run out of things to talk about, he’ll be your go-to for advice, and he’ll most likely be a hit when you bring him home to meet the parents.
10. They’re Hot
Most nerds have an understated kind of hotness about them—granted, they’re more boy-next-door than celeb-heartthrob, but many geeks are, in their own way, stylish, adorable and yes, hot. The best part? They don’t even know it.