Ahhh, got you to click, didn't I? Tricksy, tricksy, am I. ;)
Actually, the title is to prove a point: For whatever reason, it's a standard Internet rule that people are far more likely to click on a headline that's negative in tone as opposed to a positive one. In other words, "10 Reasons I Love..." will almost invariably get less attention than "10 Reasons I Hate..." (though it depends a little on the subject). Not a pleasant commentary on the general Internet attitude, which is why we see entire Takes dedicated to this phenomenon. There's another one here.
Point is, I can almost guarantee that this title gets more attention than if I had worded it, "6 Reasons Why You Should Always Date Smart Women." And in fact, that's the true crux of this Take. :P So, on with why you should always opt to go for women with some brains:
6. Mom will give you her stamp of approval
Call it what you will (older females realizing that intelligence matters more in the long run?) but mothers are far more likely to endorse the girl of your choice if she's got some smarts. If you bring this home-
-your mother's reaction will be just like Lois'. I promise. And no, it doesn't seem to make any difference if the mother is a waitress or a professor; they all seem to value the brains. Maybe they just want them to finally put you in your place, as mom never managed to. :P
5. It keeps you young
A guy who has to work to keep up stays young. This is true for both the physical and mental: If you've got to work that much harder on a daily basis, no matter what you're doing, that activity will make you live longer. I'm almost certain it's true. If not, at the very least, time will pass quickly and you'll enjoy every moment of it because at least your life is interesting.
Which leads me to #4...
4. Your life is bound to be more interesting
It just is. Even if the girl isn't the adventurous type, smarter people simply have more going on in their heads. Yeah, they're more likely to want to travel all over the place, see and experience new things, etc, because they actually enjoy learning. And if they're just so smart that they're batshit insane, well, your life will still be interesting, won't it? I mean, it might get a little hairy when she snaps and thinks the secret to live involves your death but hey, "interesting" is a very subjective term.
3. I'm sorry, but dumb women get really boring...really fast
They just do. And then they go from boring to obnoxious and tiresome. A dunce is easily predictable; she doesn't have a lot of layers, you know? Once you've peeled the onion and realized that there's like two layers rather than the twenty-two you were hoping to find, disinterest creeps in. And no, it really doesn't matter how hot she is. Okay, it matters, but only to a point. You might stick with the hot chick a little longer just because she's hot but ultimately, the relationship ends up in Dullsville.
2. It might rub off on you...
Even if you weren't that great in school, even if you've always thought of yourself as a little light on the brains, being with someone who's smarter will have a positive impact. It's inevitable. You're sharing your life with someone who you're around 24/7 and when we share every aspect of our lives with another person, there's a lot of subconscious sharing going on. Never liked stage plays or the opera? If you go a few times, you might. No interest in that gallery opening? Hey, maybe next time you'll be the one who wants to go.
1. At their core, I think all men want to be challenged
I'm willing to bet women like to be challenged, too, but I believe it's part of a man's DNA. Well, the men who aren't total slugs, anyway (and there are waaaay too many of those these days). As much as he might not want to admit it, a man tends to embrace challenges and this is one of the most fulfilling challenges a man will ever undertake.
One final caveat to all of this: If one person in a relationship is a lot smarter than the other, some of these reasons might not fly. Whether people choose to believe it or not, it's just a fact that, most likely, the rocket scientist won't have as much in common with the janitor. I'm not saying it's impossible for these two people to be happy together (I really hate having to make constant disclaimers in today's world, but whatever) but we all know how things typically work, right?
P.S. I'm taking bets on whether or not this article gets a comment from an irate poster who didn't read past the headline. ;)