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Computer geeks as loners? Data says otherwise

Sharon Machlis and Patrick Thibodeau | Feb. 17, 2014
U.S. Census data shows tech worker marriage rates are well over the national average; more unmarried IT workers than the average, too

Analytical capability and emotional capability happen in different sectors of the brain. It's possible to be highly developed in one sector and deficient in the other, said Tessina.

People with Asperger's Syndrome, for instance, are often successful in tech and science careers, because their intellectual capacity can be highly developed, said Tessina. But they have trouble with social interaction and feelings. The career doesn't create the emotional lack - the emotional lack draws certain people to the career. Then, once in the job, there is not much push to develop more emotional skills, she added.

One obstacle for men seeking a woman could be the tech workplace itself.

Women only hold 26% of the jobs in computer-related occupations, according to the National Center for Women & Information Technology. The lack of women in technology could be significant as well, said Orbuch in explaining the slightly higher percentage of never marrieds. In dating, people tend to be attracted who are similar in interest, minds values and attitudes, she said.

The marriage rate data comes from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2012 American Community Survey, which was analyzed by marital status, employment and state using the Census Bureau's DataFerrett tool.


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