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#150450 23-Jul-2014 14:08
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Having worked as a software developer for about a decade, I consider myself less manly than before, e.g.

(1) Instead of confronting an undesirable situation, e.g. by telling off a rude waiter, calling back a useless tradesman to finish a half-assed job, etc, I more tend to complain online or;

(2) Instead of making direct, clear face-to-face or phone communication, I more tend to use emails;

(3) Use logical, statistical, mathematical thinking patterns for everything, unable to ignore minor unfairness or incorrectness, bitch about little things that a real man should not even worry about;

(4) Have become less handy at home, or in general more and more useless in other aspects of life other than IT, e.g. unwilling to repair a water pipe, just because half an hour's income from IT can hire a plumber to do the job, but reality is every man should do his own housekeeping things like repairing a water pipe.

(5) Feel life is so boring without Internet (even for just two days).

I do bodybuilding to keep myself physically manly, but I think my inside manliness is decaying. I suspect, though not all certain, it is caused by working in IT.

Is it happening to you? Do you consider yourself less manly than your non-IT friends (e.g. tradesman, policeman, lawyer, etc).

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  #1094215 23-Jul-2014 14:24
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I work in IT, but in the weekends I ride my grizzly bear into the woods and chop down trees with my bare hands. Seems to keep things pretty even overall.

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  #1094609 24-Jul-2014 00:27
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If you agree with the following, then your manliness is still intact, however if you take issue with any of these rules, then serious questions may need to be asked:

Man's Rules for Women:



-- Learn to work the toilet seat. You're a big girl. If it's up, put it down.

-- Birthdays, Valentines, and Anniversaries are not quests to see if we can find the perfect present yet again!

-- Sometimes, we are not thinking about you. Live with it.

-- Do not ask us what we are thinking about unless you are prepared to discuss such topics as navel lint, the shotgun formation, and NASCAR.

-- Sunday = sports. It's like the full moon or the changing of the tides. Let it be.

-- Shopping is NOT a sport, and no, we are never going to think of it that way.

-- When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear is fine. Really.

-- Crying is blackmail.

-- Ask for what you want. Let us be clear on this one: Subtle hints do not work. Strong hints do not work. Obvious hints do not work. Just say it!

-- We don't remember dates. Mark birthdays and anniversaries on a calendar. Remind us frequently beforehand.

-- Most guys own three pairs of shoes - tops. What makes you think we'd be any good at choosing which pair, out of thirty, would look good with your dress?

-- Yes and No are perfectly acceptable answers to almost every question.

-- Come to us with a problem only if you want help solving it. That's what we do. Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.

-- A headache that lasts for 17 months is a problem. See a doctor.

-- Check your own oil! Please.

-- Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument. In fact, all comments become null and void after 7 days.

-- If you won't dress like the Victoria's Secret girls, don't expect us to act like soap opera guys.

-- If something we said can be interpreted two ways, and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we meant the other one.

-- Let us ogle. We are going to look anyway; it's genetic.

-- You can either ask us to do something or tell us how you want it done - not both. If you already know best how to do it, just do it yourself.

-- Whenever possible, please say whatever you have to say during commercials.

-- Christopher Columbus did not need directions, and neither do we.

-- The relationship is never going to be like it was the first two months we were going out. Get over it. And quit whining to your girlfriends.

-- ALL men see in only 16 colors, like Windows default settings. Peach, for example, is a fruit, not a color. Pumpkin is also a fruit. We have no idea what mauve is.

-- If it itches, it will be scratched. We do that.

-- We are not mind readers and we never will be. Our lack of mind-reading ability is not proof of how little we care about you.

-- If we ask what is wrong and you say "nothing," we will act like nothing's wrong. We know you are lying, but it is just not worth the hassle.

-- I'm in shape. - ROUND is a shape.




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  #1094644 24-Jul-2014 08:05
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While a lot of the previous replies are funny, if you aren't feeling yourself maybe talk to the doctor. You could have mild depression in which you need to get on top of sooner rather than later.

If you don't feel that blue maybe its time to get a new hobby, join a sports team or some other club thats not computer related. I like to spend my spare time working on cars.

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