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Sure, I say that I’m socially inept to my friends – mostly because I wouldn’t recognize someone flirting with me if they hit me with a 2×4 – but that doesn’t mean I can’t fake social skills.
But I don’t read, watch movies, or obsess over my writing because I want other people to think of me as smart and nerdy. I do it because I love to learn. As I’ve looked for full-time work over the last eighteen months in cities across the country, I have answered that standard interview question, “What are you looking for in a workplace?” with the same answer: My idea workplace is somewhere that will always encourage me to learn, grow and improve. I look for the same thing in friends and potential dating prospects. If you can’t hold an intelligent conversation, and can’t make me think, I’m probably not interested.