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Women hate spreadsheets, technology, and order. That’s what I’m taking away from the latest faux-outrage over the guy in New York who methodically kept track of the women he had recently dated by using the quant component of the Microsoft Office suite. The man, who works in the finance industry in NYC, stumbled by sending the spreadsheet to a woman in whom he was interested. She then outed him to the world and his system went viral.
Jezebel called the man a creep. HuffPo insinuates that he’s a sociopath. Others have called him a cad. All of the shame jabs are reminiscent of a piece written last year on Jezebel’s cousin site Gizmodo in which a young woman openly ridiculed Magic world champion Jon Finkel after they went on a date. Her advice to men: if you’re a nerd be up front about it so women can avoid you.
Annie Karni of the New York Post pens the biggest pile in her article titled “Real men can close the deal without opening Excel“. With a lede that increases the hopes of fledgling writers everywhere, Karni writes:
Put away your calculator, you cad!
And give up logging women into an Excel spreadsheet like cold, hard sums to be measured and sized up in stark little rows.
Dating is not business. Women are not statistics. And this is no road to success.
All single women in New York City know but try to forget one simple truth: When you meet a “single” guy for the first time, he’s more than likely already dating multiple other women.
The “dork” factor of this spreadsheet exceeds any and all dating horror stories — Internet or not…But Spreadsheet Guy seems to be cruising around with his light perpetually on — he slows down a little, does some profiling, choosing who to pick up.