When Geeks Marry Non-Geeks, It Can Be a Cluster-Frak

When Geeks Marry Non-Geeks, It Can Be a Cluster-Frak

Taryn Williford
Mar 17, 2009

I've never been married, but as a self-proclaimed geek who has dated both fellow nerds and civilians alike, I could relate to Wired's list of "10 Annoying Habits of a Geeky Spouse." Some of the suggestions, based on the (geek) author's behavior as described by his (non-geek) wife, sound like a page out of a great weekend with my current super-nerd S.O., while some reminded me why I'll never go back to non-geek dating again. I mean, really, who doesn't love to dissect movies for plot loopholes right after you watch them?

Check out the list at Wired, then come back and let us know which geeky habits you are guilty of. Pick some from the list or add your own in the comments.

For me, I could totally see myself in the suggestion that geeks are prone to take apart movies for inaccuracies and loopholes. If the movie is a remake or an adaptation, forget about it. I'll be talking up a storm for days about what was done wrong or what went missing that shouldn't have.

Also, I am totally guilty of looking up information while a discussion or argument is still in progress. Like the author says, what's the point of me having a BlackBerry if I can't use it to look up whether or not the guy in that Cameron Diaz RomCom played Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight? (True story, BTW)

And of course, there's needing to watch certain TV shows as soon as they air to avoid spoilers. Even though my boyfriend is a geek and admits that he would love it, he came into the game too late and now there's no hope for him to catch up on the epic novel that is ABC's Lost. But he knows that if, for some reason, Wednesday night brings up a question or problem, he better start talking at the commercials and prepare to be cut short if I see John Locke's mug back on my screen. Because if I didn't catch it right when it airs, I would have to avoid all incoming text messages and the entire internet—Facebook, Twitter and even Google News—until I got around to watching.

So, Unplgg'rs... are you guilty of taking on geeky projects that take over your house and your weekends? How about wearing obscurely geeky T-shirts to "normal" places? Or requiring extra room in the house for geeky things? Let us know!

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