How to date IT support folks

It’s that time of the year again when heart-shaped, red-colored balloons, confetti, chocolates, or anything else you can brand as a symbol of love explode all around you, like it or not. Not to mention the stores that tout their “Valentine’s special” to try and sell the last of their season collection in vain. I’m pretty sure this is far from how Saint Valentine had probably imagined his birthday would be celebrated.

But ‘tis the season of love, and we love our IT folks too much to not pass on the amore. So for those who are yet to get on the bandwagon, this blog goes out to you. Dating is hard as it is, and while we don’t really believe our tech support people need a “how-to” knowledge base article to date, we definitely think the ones planning to go out with our kind need this. Take heed (or not) if you have lined up dates with a support girl or guy!

  • Don’t get upset if we don’t always respond to your texts or calls

Working in IT is stressful, to say the least, and we’re constantly expected to fix what’s broken ASAP. It’s always urgent and high-priority, which means we can’t really get back to you on calls or texts during work hours. While we’d love to chat with you through the day like love-struck teenagers, we’re most probably stuck texting customers asking them to try it switching it off and on again as deadlines get pulled out of thin air.

  • Let us know if you’re genuinely interested in the work we do

Assuming you’re interested in going out with us, it’d be great if you wanted to listen to our fire-fighting stories and tried to understand how we really work. We get that IT is hard to comprehend, but we’ll be more than happy to explain if you want to learn more about the work we do. In fact, if you really want to impress us, strike up a conversation about a trending tech news.

Nothing gets us more excited than our loved one talking about our favorite topic.

On that note, we don’t always have to talk about work either. We could always use a breather from the IT world.

The Sysadman Diaries
Source: The Sysadman Diaries
  • Do understand if we can’t make it on time to dates

Read point 1. We work in high-pressure environments as it is and would love it if our partners can cut us some slack. Believe us when we say the last thing we want to do when we’re getting ready to meet you is manage a “network down” sort of a situation. Unfortunately, incidents like these frequently occur in the life of us poor IT saps, and if the network is down, nobody can work till we get it back up and running. So the next time we’re running a little late, you know why.

Meme by Sanjeev NC
Meme by Sanjeev NC
  • Please don’t ask us to help set up a friend’s computer

If you’re planning to introduce us to your friends or family, we really don’t want to start off on the wrong foot by becoming their go-to IT guy. Yes, with great power comes great responsibility but IT superheroes need a break too.

Not being mean, but the last thing we want to do after a long day at work is teach grandpa how to video-chat.

Of course, you can rule out this point if this is what it takes to impress you and your kin. We are super willing, then.

  • We are as romantic as the next person

Despite the stereotypes surrounding tech aficionados, if you can trust us and be patient with us, we’re loyal, loving partners till the end. We may have to prop up our laptops in the middle of the night to work, and we’re probably more excited about AI threat than Game of Thrones, but if you bear with us through that, relationships with us are truly worth it.

The list could go on, but what fun is that if you can’t discover the IT personas on your own while making conversations? Happy Valentine’s day y’all! Special thanks to our IT superheroes for sharing their candid experiences for this blog.

Have you ever dated our kin, or do you have more tips to offer others? Comment right here and add to the list!