Mark Zuckerberg has offered the perfect advice to a woman who encouraged her granddaughters to “date the nerd in school”.
The woman was one of thousands who commented on the Facebook founder’s status update on Sunday night, in which he declared his intention to try and build some new technology this year, rather than relying on others.
“At Facebook I spend a lot of time working with engineers to build new things,” Zuckerberg wrote.
“Some of the most rewarding work involves getting deep into the details of technical projects … But it’s a different kind of rewarding to build things yourself, so this year my personal challenge is to do that.”
Amid the deluge of responses the update triggered, one grandmother drew Zuckerberg’s attention.
“I keep telling my granddaughters to date the nerd in school, he may turn out to be a Mark Zuckerberg!” she wrote.
“Thanks for FB, I’ve reconnected with family and old friend and classmates.”
A harmless enough post, but Zuckerberg’s response – to throw antiquated notions of gender out the window – was sublime.
“Even better would be to encourage them to *be* the nerd in their school so they can be the next successful inventor!” the 31-year-old wrote.