They're terrible liars.
Did you ever wonder why so many smart girls end up with dumb guys? Many people do. As someone who has dated men who weren't particularly bright, I can explain it.
Just like with any other personality trait, there are perks and pitfalls to being with someone who isn't quite as bright as you. Here's why some girls dig dating dumb guys and why most girls are wise to stay away from them.
1. There's a lot of truth to Zoolander's depiction of the "brainless beauty" trope.
Don't ask me why, but a lot of the guys I dated had the bodies of Greek gods accompanied by the brains of a moldy baked potato. Call me shallow, but I really did enjoy how gorgeous they were. Truthfully, I felt pretty awesome walking down the street with them, especially when I saw looks of envy from other women.
2. You'll know when a dumb guy tries to do a big romantic gesture.
Smart guys might try to do things subtly, and if you're like me you might not notice subtle. When you're dealing with a real-life Derek Zoolander you can expect to see some pretty grand gestures, many of which might misfire and potentially get him arrested.
3. They're terrible liars.
If an idiot tries to cheat, he won't be smart enough to cover his tracks. Guys who aren't particularly bright are easier to read, which in turn makes it easier for you to hash things out. (Note: Book smarts and maturity aren't the same thing. This is assuming he's at least somewhat emotionally mature.)
4. You'll always have a hilarious story that's a direct result of something he says or does.
It's hard not to laugh when I look back and think of the ex I had who told me that my eyes were as green as lemons. After he realized that lemons weren't green, he decided to tell me that they were as green as roses, because it was more romantic. He still has yet to realize that roses aren't green and it's been over six years. He was sober the entire time.
5. If you add large quantities of alcohol to the mix, the stories become even more hilarious.
The best part about this is that you don't even have to date a dumb guy to get in on half of these epic drinking stories. It truly was amazing watching my friend's boyfriend call up a hotel and ask the concierge on the other end of the phone how a building could talk over the phone. Amazingly, this guy was both drunk and serious, and was also trying to book us a room. (We confiscated the phone from him.)
6. Lack of intelligence doesn't mean they don't have a big heart.
Believe it or not, a lot of dopey guys can offer a girl a great life together. As long as they have a big heart, are willing to work on themselves, and have some emotional intelligence, they can be the boyfriend you've always wanted to have.
7. They can learn a lot from you.
If you like to introduce people to new things, this is a good option. Of course, this is based on the assumption that they're willing to try out new things. Some aren't.
8. They can be really sweet people.
Personally, I'd take a good-hearted but naive man over a bitter yet intelligent person. It may sound bad, but at least you know they'll have their hearts in the right place when they screw up.
9. It's not like you won't feel intelligent around them.
It's true. It's an ego boost.
1. You will most likely run out of conversation topics.
It's really difficult to date long term when you can't have intelligent conversations. Even if it's only once in a while, you do want to talk about things like technology, books and art with your partner. When all you get in return is a blank stare, it can get really old, really fast.
2. Good luck trying to explain complex topics.
Admittedly, there are certain topics I will never understand. However, when you regularly feel like you need sock puppets to explain something to a guy you're dating, it gets frustrating.
3. They can get insecure and there's no guarantee that they can manage their insecurities well.
An insecure idiot can quickly turn into an abusive one. Many guys who aren't intelligent are also very emotionally immature, which means that they won't be able to work on their insecurities without hurting you to make themselves feel better. Keep this in mind when you're with a brainless boy toy.
4. You'll be forced to babysit them at times.
If your man has all the intelligence and common sense of a head of lettuce, making sure he doesn't set fire to himself is going to be part of your role as a girlfriend. In fact, you will likely feel like his mom at times. It's very hard to stay attracted to someone you have to play mommy to, and even harder if you need to regularly nag him just so he will function as an adult.
5. You might get embarrassed to be seen together.
They might be gorgeous, but people will start raising their eyebrows when your beau actually says something. In certain circles, this can ruin your chances of making friends, networking, or even getting respect for your own work.
For example, you can get fired from an exclusive wine tasting job if your boyfriend asks what a merlot is in front of your boss. On a similar note, parents might not approve of the guy you date because his lack of intelligence can ruin his ability to keep a job.
6. They won't know what they have until it's too late.
Sadly, this is part of the whole package in most cases. They don't have the common sense to see how much a smart girl can offer until the girl's already moved on.
7. You'll end up dealing with the fallout if they screw up royally.
For example, if they crash your car, you will be the one paying for it. If they put tinfoil in your microwave, you're going to be the one dealing with a fire in the kitchen. It only takes one epic fail to make you want to ditch a dumb guy.
So is it worth it? A lot of dumb guys can be extremely charming, gorgeous, and great in bed. But the one thing most of them can't be is a good partner for someone who doesn't want to be a babysitter all day long.
While there's definitely exceptions to every rule, it's often best to just look for an intellectual equal for long term relationships.