1. They love to stay in and just chill.
Nerds are not used to spending much time outside (awwww), which means forgoing da club to cuddle up and marathon everything on TV (all of it) is much more their speed.
2. They love doing it.
And they're grateful you love doing it with them.
3. Being passionate about things is adorable.
(Caveat: As long as those things are Star Wars and LAN parties and cold fusion as an interesting theory to obsess over as opposed to a master plan for human destruction; if you're dating a nerd who's hell-bent on enslaving an entire population to make them a new flavor of Mountain Dew, change your number.)
4. They make the best jokes.
Nerds are just funny. Humor, usually developed as a coping mechanism to deal with people being jerks to them, is an invaluable asset in a relationship. You know you can laugh shit off during hard times and you guys can fart in front of each other. What more do you want?
5. They're not superficial.
You can put on a few pounds or wear sweatpants all day erryday and your nerd doesn't give a fuck. In fact, if you wear their sweatpants with the Star Trek insignia on the leg, they might even think you look sexy. Guess what: You are currently living your Best Life.
6. When they do suit up, they're very impressive.
A nerd in a suit? I'm ovulating.
7. They make glasses look good.
OMG, a nerd in glasses and a suit?! I just dropped another egg.
8. They're a secret weapon during quiz night.
Is there anything sexier than a dude who helps your team take home the P500 Starbucks gift card at trivia night? NOPE.
9. They don't judge you for your nerd obsessions.
"It's cool, baby. I love Nathan Fillion too."
10. They know how to fix shit.
Maybe they spent every day of their childhood inside figuring things out and maybe that's benefitting you now?
11. They're more sensitive.
If you were thrown in a garbage can every Tuesday of sophomore year and the girl you asked to prom literally choked herself laughing (and then said, "Hell no"), you're probably really careful with other people's feelings. Translation: Your boss is a real D to you at work? Your nerd is going to give you the best fucking hug. (And then they're going to think up the best way to get your boss back without getting caught. Because needs are good at petty revenge. Or so the movies tell me.)
12. NO SPORTS.
13. They're curious.
About everything, and by "everything," I mean "sex." Did I mention that nerds are great at sex?
14. They're not trying to impress anyone.
My BF is the coolest, kindest, smartest, most good person I've ever met but he doesn't feel the need to constantly tell people how special he is. He just is. I think it comes from years of marching to your own drum; you just don't give a shit anymore. It's really freeing to be with someone who doesn't kill themselves over what other people think. You can both just do you, riding into the sunset on a unicorn (you know, the one they designed for a special game of D&D).
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.