Nerds needing social skills..

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Nerds needing social skills..

Posted 12 January 2009 - 03:22 PM

Came across this funny thread on Slashdot today..


"According to Reuters, Potsdam University in Germany is now teaching social skills as part of their IT courses. This is intended to 'ease entry into the world of work'. The 440 students enrolled in the master's degree course will learn how to write flirtatious text messages and emails, impress people at parties and cope with rejection(s)."

Have we really become that bad!?!?!

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Posted 12 January 2009 - 03:30 PM

I think this is a pretty good initiative. Some people really need to learn better social skills. I mean some of the people you run into really make you wonder. However, I don't think IT students stand out as victim of poor social skills. It could be anyone.
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Posted 12 January 2009 - 03:32 PM

That's stereotypical. I have excellent social skills.


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However, I don't think IT students stand out as victim of poor social skills. It could be anyone.


We agree! Call the press! :)
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Posted 12 January 2009 - 03:33 PM

This:

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The class is taught by a superficial model, who will fall in love with the nerdiest student at the end of the semester after realizing that he is beautiful on the inside.


made me laugh.
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Posted 12 January 2009 - 08:21 PM

There are a lot of CS nerds who have limited social skills which will eventually hurt them in job interviews and work. My take on this is: Not my problem, but it sucks to be them.
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Posted 12 January 2009 - 11:15 PM

haha well the text messaging thing is a little much, at my school i have 15% of my mark in every class dedicated to professionalism. Professionalism is marked on attendance, behavior, assignments handed in on time, etc.
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Posted 13 January 2009 - 02:44 AM

It is not necessary for only IT students to lack social skills, anyone can lack social skills, but i liked the idea though, very creative and very rewarding for nerds or geeks who lack social skills... :)
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Posted 13 January 2009 - 03:25 AM

I agree.. I have very good social skills.. But there were students where I went to college in my class that deffinitely could have used some social skills..
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Posted 13 January 2009 - 06:41 AM

Isn't lack of social skills all part of the geek mystique?
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Posted 13 January 2009 - 06:50 AM

I thought that was limited to kids that listen to Rammstein and play video games all day and then go to the local High School and oh wait that is something else nevermind.
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Posted 13 January 2009 - 06:52 AM

And once again B9 hits the nail on the head. Of course I believe that I lack social skills.
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Posted 13 January 2009 - 08:03 AM

Yeah, I'm with P4L here. I wish they had offered this course in my school.
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Posted 13 January 2009 - 09:01 AM

View PostBenignDesign, on 13 Jan, 2009 - 08:41 AM, said:

Isn't lack of social skills all part of the geek mystique?


ever watched the comedy show The Big Bang Theory, here in the states, funny show but perfect example of how we've been labeled.
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Posted 13 January 2009 - 09:14 AM

i never had this problem. i think though it is directly related to the amount of time most programmers spend locked away in front of the computer. if this is true, then the better the programmer the worse social skills? there may be a few naturals that can pick up any language and run with it, learning it quickly and freeing up time to get outside and interact, but not many.

if this is true i think how perfect programming is for married people...
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Posted 13 January 2009 - 09:22 AM

View Postabsynthe, on 13 Jan, 2009 - 08:14 AM, said:

if this is true, then the better the programmer the worse social skills?

Can't be true, I'd be the best programmer on earth.
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