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Dating With Science: Are Guys Threatened By Smart Girls?

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Welcome back to Dating With Science, in which we illuminate the mysteries of romance using only the finest peer-reviewed science, and, occasionally, the spare science we dig out from between the couch cushions. Today's topic: girl brains, and whether or not boys find them terrifying.

Have you ever been chatting with a guy, thinking everything was going great, until he suddenly bailed on you as though you'd started flirting in Elvish, even though you're positive you didn't this time? Are you tired of seeing flighty, ditzy girls get so much attention that they have to fight off boys with a stick, while you are perpetually ignored, no matter how many boys you hit with sticks? Do you sometimes find yourself crossing your arms, scowling, and going "There's nothing wrong with me, it's all of the boys who are wrong!" even though there's nobody else in the room and who are you talking to?

Well, guess what: if you're a girl, and you're smart, then you may actually be right. There's something about smart girls that attracts guys in theory but repels them in practice. That's the bad news. The good news is that we're pretty sure we know why this happens, thanks to THE SCIENCES.

Topics: Life
Tags: relationships, flirting, dating, crushes, how to flirt, dating with science, dos and don'ts of flirting, ron weasley responds with a resounding "no"

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