dating scene for a single guy in silicon valley

I had a fun lunch conversation with a coworker today. He was telling me how hard it is for a single guy in the silicon valley to meet girls. Apparently it used to be *really* hard back in the dot com bubble days, where the ratio was (and I quote!) "10 to 1." Now that the dot com bubble has burst there are less engineers in the area and the ratio is better: "5 to 1."

He said it was *very* easy for girls to find guys that are interested in them because "all they have to do is walk outside!"

Anyway, I just thought the conversation was so funny. Is it true? I was surprised he thought it was so difficult because I can see how other girls (not me I'm with Joe!) could find him interesting.
Posted on March 16, 2007 at 8:29 pm
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sammo
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I'm a single guy living in silicon valley, so I feel compelled to comment.

5:1 is definitely an exaggeration (believe me, I went through 2:1 at caltech and it's definitely better than that here).

However I think he still has a point. I read somewhere that the bay area has the biggest surplus of single men over single women in the US (~50,000).

The east coast on the other hand has the opposite problem: way more single women than men. Your coworker should petition your company to start a branch in Boston :)
Posted on March 16, 2007 at 8:40 pm
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That's interesting. I wonder why the east coast has more single women than men?
Posted on March 17, 2007 at 6:48 pm
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The discussion here explains it better than I ever could: http://reddit.com/info/16bmj/comments
Posted on March 17, 2007 at 7:05 pm
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yeah, I don't like cold weather! haha.

My friend was trying to convince me to take some comp sci classes when I was single for that exact reason. I think it's just hard to find that special person anyway. My friend has gone through some single meets and speed dating...but I'm a firm believer in finding people through your friends. That seems to be the best way to connect with people.
Posted on March 17, 2007 at 7:11 pm
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That's an interesting post sammo. It makes sense that the silicon valley has a lot of programmers, hence guys. New York has a lot of people in finance, publishing, and advertising hence more women.
Posted on March 19, 2007 at 9:04 am
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I found this link and it's really interesting. Basically the west coast has tons of guys, while the east coast has tons of girls.

http://creativeclass.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2007/04/03/singles_2.jpg
Posted on April 11, 2007 at 10:16 am
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Looks like the West is still the Wild West in some ways.
Posted on April 11, 2007 at 11:06 am
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Also, word to the wise single guys out there: get a dog.

There's no better wingman than a puppy.
Posted on April 13, 2007 at 5:08 am
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I live on the West Coast and I have many single female friends (maybe because I work in HR?) who are looking for a guy, so it's not always true.
Posted on April 16, 2007 at 6:05 am

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