Be The Nerd — Quit Facebook

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If we trust a start story decorated in Aaron Sorkin’s The Social Network, a immature Mark Zuckerberg built Facebook in sequence to meet girls.

Creative novella or not, a real-life Zuck — who recently became a father to a baby lady called Max — wants the universe to know about his distant some-more on-going views on women.

And that of march is a good thing. The ratio of men to women operative in a record industry continues to to be massively skewed. Facebook’s possess 2015 farrago report shows it is still a workplace dominated by white and Asian men, with 68 per cent of employees being masculine — down a mere one per cent from the 2014 skew.

At such a rate of swell a association competence tip over from hegemonic masculinity to gender relation turn about a time Zuck’s daughter is headed to college.

So what has Zuck only said about women and tech? That girls should aspire to be nerds.

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He was responding to a criticism posted by grandmother Darlene Hackemer Loretto to a status refurbish on his Facebook (where else?) about his personal plea for 2016 (more on that here) — in that Loretto mentions she tells her grand daughters to “date a nerd in school” on a off possibility they turn out to be a subsequent Mark Zuckerberg.

Zuck counters with: “Even improved would be to inspire them to *be* a nerd in their propagandize so they can be a subsequent successful inventor!”

He’s basically origination the same indicate as a new female-led Star Wars film — in that Rey, a learned operative protagonist, is decorated rejecting multiple white knighting attempts, since she knows how to take caring of herself appreciate we really much. So good finished Zuck for being zeitgeisty as good as right on.

And it positively is excellent advice. Nerd has no gender. It’s only another word for expert.

Thing is, Zuck’s response glosses over another impending emanate here: expenditure vs creation.

Being a nerd is improved achieved if we are directing your time to single-mindedly training a set of skills, rather than being suckered into extending within walled garden calm farms like Facebook where mass marketplace entertainment, co-mingled with advertising, is a continuously rested algorithmic dish of a day, all a improved to keep a passively engaged user-base clicking.

Facebook is a gangling time killer. And gangling time is where nerds are innate — or rather self-made, by building and violation things of their possess making. Not by posting comments congratulating someone else on their creative new year plans.

If a Facebook start story is true, Zuckerberg built his empire out of a clarity of personal frustration.  In 2016, personal disappointment is only another Facebook standing refurbish — where would-be-nerds are speedy to channel energy that competence have been spent developing themselves into nutritious his eyeball-hijacking machine.

Want to be a nerd? Quit checking Facebook each 5 mins and go build something of your own.