Unexpectedly Intriguing!
November 28, 2007

... if your girlfriend wouldn't be very happy with you if you did?

Or better yet, let's up the stakes and ask whether you should you go to a bachelor party in Vegas against your girlfriend's wishes?

Our latest Geek Logik-inspired tool is based on the careful considerations that a modern American man has to take into account when choosing between hanging out with his best buds and spending quality relationship-building time with his potential life-long mate! Geek Logik author Garth Sundem describes the modern American man's dilemma:

There's only so long you can stay cooped up in joined-at-the-hip-land before a taste of your old life beckons. Unfortunately, the need to break free of the constraints of a relationship, if only for a weekend, might not be understood in the benign terms you intend. If your friends are gunning for a real hangover-inducing humdinger and your girlfriend knows it, you might be spending too much political capital for one night out.

So what's a guy to do?

You've come to the right place to find out! We've taken the elements that Garth outlined and constructed a tool you can use to help decide whether you should play fast and loose or play it safe! Just enter the indicated data below, and we'll do the math:

Guys vs. Girlfriend Relationship Data
Input Data Values
In the past month, how many nights have you spent with your girlfriend?
In the past month, how many nights have you spent out with the boys?
How important is the occasion to your girlfriend?
(1-10 with 10 being "extremely")
How important is the occasion to the guys?
(1-10 with 10 being "best friend moving to Sri Lanka tomorrow")
How strong is your craving for gossip or news of the outside world?
(1-10 with 10 being "still waiting to hear about that Watergate thing")
How "whipped" do your friends already consider you?
(1-10 with 10 being "friends must apply for tourist visa before stopping by to say 'Hi'")
Level of fun you would have staying home with your significant other
(1-10 with 10 being "dating stand-up comic")
Level of fun you would have going out with your friends
(1-10 with 1 being "eh" and 10 being "yay!")
On a scale of 1-10, how entertained are you by PBS specials, your pet's antics, chat rooms, and Internet poker?
(10 being "very")
Your odds for intimacy should you stay in this evening
(If you have a "3-in-10" chance, select 3/10)
Number of days you foresee your significant other withholding affecton should you choose to go out?


What You Should Do
Calculated Results Values
Going Out Index Score

For those who like to play with the numbers, a Going Out Index Score greater than 5 is needed to go to Vegas without remorse, and a score between 0 and 5 indicates that you should go, but to expect to face consequences when you get back. If your score comes in below 0, well, the tool will tell you what to expect....

Also, having gone through this exercise, you might want to keep your score handy for reference in the not-too-far-off future. We'll be referring back to this tool soon when we take on another, very closely related question of great concern for the modern American man: "Are you whipped?"

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