Date a Geek: Samantha Murphy of Mashable

Due to the controversial popularity of our How to Date a Geek Girl and How to Date a Geek Guy guides, we have decided to introduce a new special column featuring real life single geeks. This week, we have interviewed our colleague Samantha Murphy of Mashable. Follow Samantha on Twitter @murphysamanthaj

Tell us a bit about yourself:

I’m a 29-year-old tech writer for Mashable. I’m originally from outside Philadelphia, but I’ve been living in New York City since 2001 when I moved here for college. The city has sucked me in, though I still love getting away now and again. You start to miss those trees.

What makes you a geek?

I’ve always been completely fascinated by the Internet — everything about it, from being able to order groceries to your front step and connecting with people (who you know and don’t) from all over the world to even finding organ donors online. I love its quick pace and how you can find out anything you want at any time. I’m also completely infatuated with Twitter, which has become a key tool for journalists keeping tabs on what’s going on. But I also use it as a personal resource. I recently did a Twitter search to see if a musical artist had already taken the stage across town to determine if it was worth heading there (I’m glad I checked — the concert had started, so it saved me the trip). Many people think you have to tweet to use Twitter, but I use it much more for consumption than creation.

If you could meet anyone (living or dead) for lunch who would it be and why? John Lennon – I’d actually like to have brunch with him instead of lunch — I bet he would tell some great stories over tea and pancakes

Android, iOS or other?

iOS. I find it much more intuitive than Android — I always have.

Your favorite comic book hero and why?

I’ve never been a huge comic book fan in the traditional sense, but a good friend of mine from college is obsessed with Spiderman, so I have a moderate amount of Peter Parker knowledge. In a comic strip sense, I absolutely love Calvin and Hobbes. It’s so smart and clever. I could spend hours reading the complete collection.

What gadget can’t you live without?

My iPhone. I realized I left it in the back seat of my parent’s car recently when I was already on the train back to New York. They graciously offered to overnight it to me, but I got off at the next stop and took the train back to get it! There’s a term now for being without your cell phone (nomophobia), but I swear I don’t have it. I completely value and appreciate the quiet times of unplugging and shutting off the digital world too — you’d go crazy otherwise.

What is the last book or ebook that you read?

The Paris Wife by Paula McClain, which follows the early years of Ernest Hemingway and his first of five wives, Hadley — the woman who loved him before he was famous. It takes place in the 1920s and reminded me a lot of “Midnight in Paris,” which I also loved. Hemingway was such an interesting, complicated guy and it was fascinating to get a look at their relationship. I love books that are based on true stories. I spent a long time on his Wikipedia page after reading that book.

If you could meet anyone (living or dead) for lunch who would it be and why?

This is such a hard question. If I can only pick one person, I’d say John Lennon. I grew up listening to the Beatles and admire his activism for peace. I’d actually like to have brunch with him instead of lunch — I bet he would tell some great stories over tea and pancakes.

What do you look for in a guy / girl? And do they need to be a geek too?

I’m no longer on the market, but like so many people, finding someone who is really genuine and kind is key. Those are important characteristics for anyone you associate yourself with too, including friendships. Being able to connect and really enjoy each other’s company is also very important — far more than being a geek. If you’re able to gush about your love for nerdy things too, that’s an added bonus.