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Dear Poll: Book Smart or Streetwise?

I don't think I'm alone in saying there's nothing sexier than a smart man. Having brains to back up a good-looking exterior speaks mouthfuls, but sometimes even the smartest men can be less than intelligent when it comes to street sense. On the flip side, someone who's not necessarily a straight-A student can be brilliant when it comes to common sense .

So ladies, since we all know being book smart and streetwise are two completely different things, which personality trait do you think is more crucial to possess? Of course, a good mixture of both is ideal, but if you had to choose, pick just one!


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calli-gurl calli-gurl 8 years
a little bit of both. but if i had to choose, i'd say booksmart :)
EricaJane EricaJane 8 years
My husband lacks some serious common sense, which is so frustrating!! That said, I love his knowledge and love for learning.. I'll take the brains!
alexask alexask 8 years
i always though booksmart or older men would have wise information or something, but all they really do is talk about random facts and figures and things in which they are interested, like redoing their house and stuff. ugh who cares
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I hate "educated idiots" as they are called. The really smart people who know nothing about common sense and the world just stuff you learn in books.
kristyy kristyy 9 years
I picked "other" because I want both! I want him to be book smart in that he's educated. I also want him to be street smart in that he's not clueless about the real world. I know so many book smart people that are very dumb when it comes to common sense or real life. They may have gotten good grades in school, but they are socially immature.
thelorax thelorax 9 years
As sexy as an education is, a man with no common sense/social skills/intuition is going to be the most frustrating relationship ever. He'll have a successful career, but when he comes home from work and does what he does, all you'll be able to say is, "WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU???!!" And you're going to want to say that on a regular basis to ANY man you end up with anyway!! :-)
heineken67 heineken67 9 years
I've known some brilliantly book smart people who had zero street smarts, and they were painful to be around. I value both, but if I had to choose one at the expense of the other it would definitely be street smarts.
txcowgrl077 txcowgrl077 9 years
Street Smart. Because the books don't lead someone to be successful. Its how they gain their success that is what counts. You can be the most intelligent man in the world, but if you have no street wits, you are incompetent in my opinion.
Sporky Sporky 9 years
I picked street smart. I was with a man for a long time who was brilliant but had no common sense. A guy who's got a little of both qualities is always the best, IMO.
citizenkane citizenkane 9 years
sorry *social situations*
citizenkane citizenkane 9 years
I agree 100% with megin1022. Intelligence to me is not measured by education, but by common sense and the ability to function in cocial situations. I'm lucky that I found a guy with both, though ;)
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I've dated guys on either ends of the stick, and must say I perfere the street-smart honies WAY more!
RustyAngel73 RustyAngel73 9 years
Street smart.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
Streetsmart is a lot more important. I have met a lot of booksmart people who are positively stupid. If they cannot read about it in a text book then they have no clue. Just because you are 'booksmart' doesn't mean you are intelligent.
bingkaycoy bingkaycoy 9 years
I once dated a booksmart guy and oh gee, he was very boring. Sure he has a lot of things to say about everything under the sun but that's it---all glib. If you're having a nice time in a fine resto, would you like to talk about politics or science or current events? I hate talking to a normal person whom I should consider my best friend with topics that come out from books and encyclopaedias.Without street smarts, this ex took a long time to decide even on money matters, I was frustrated. He absolutely has no common sense. I'd rather have a streetsmart guy---one who can face life's hurdles and challenges with strength and good character. One who knows how to navigate through life with great conviction and that he knows how to make the world a better place to live in even among unlikeable human beings. Plus a guy can be intelligent even without education---look at all the famous, successful and intelligent drop-outs.
Jesi_Oh Jesi_Oh 9 years
Oh dear dollhouse, I think we're back in the minority ;-)
javsmav javsmav 9 years
I can't date dumb guys--I've tried, it just doesn't work. They either bore me or they are intimidated by me. Book smart is more important, although I would also prefer him to have common sense as well.
LOVErickii LOVErickii 9 years
streetsmart. who wants a boy with no common sense?
dezzydezi dezzydezi 9 years
i would have a combo of both if i could...
italianblonde italianblonde 9 years
Definitely street smarts!! I have street smarts, so maybe that's why I'm not into book smarts..I don't really like a guy who reads all day or talks intellectually during every conversation. 8)
MisterPinkNoTip MisterPinkNoTip 9 years
Hopefully a nice combo hehe.
austerity austerity 9 years
Booksmart for sure. I devour knowledge and would get bored with someone who doesn't care about books, world affairs, society etc. You should be able to converse in the same intellectual sphere with your significant other (I'm not going to say 'level' because that ranks different types of intelligence :) ) Having said that the point is that you should be able to talk to him freely without ever getting bored, so if he can somehow manage that though not being booksmart, I'm game :) oh or of course if I were crazily in love.
baciobisou baciobisou 9 years
Something just gets me going about book smarts...mmm
mlen mlen 9 years
i can't handle people that lack common sense. street smarts. book smarts can be acquired if necessary- street smarts are intuitive
ayuninur ayuninur 9 years
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