January 4, 2016 1:16 pm

Don’t date the nerd, be the nerd: Mark Zuckerberg’s life advice goes viral

FILE - Facebook.com founder Mark Zuckerberg smiles at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., in this Feb. 5, 2007, file photo. Facebook, the social network, is tweaking the home pages of its 750 million users, much to the chagrin of some very vocal folks. The world's largest online social network is expected to announce even more changes on Thursday, when it holds its annual f8 conference in San Francisco for developers who create games and other applications for its site.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg handed out some wisdom over the weekend.

On Sunday, the social network creator posted an update to his Facebook page explaining that he plans to build an artificially intelligent butler to run his house as part of his New Year’s resolution. But, out of hundreds of user comments on his status, one stood out.

“I keep telling my grand daughters to Date the nerd in school, he may turn out to be a Mark Zuckerberg,” wrote Facebook user Darlene Loretto.

To which Zuckerberg replied, “Even better would be to encourage them to *be* the nerd in their school so they can be the next successful inventor!”

His message – which had garnered over 21,000 “likes” at time of publishing – has since gone viral, with many praising the tech CEO for embracing a feminist point of view.

“Good answer … we need more girls/women in technology and science,” wrote one Facebook user in response.

“Dear Mark Zuckerberg, I have never seen you as tall as right now with this reply,” added another.

While many celebrated Zuckerberg’s message, others pointed out that we should stop using the word “nerd,” as it’s often used negatively.

“How about stop calling them nerds? Point them out as the smart kids with unimaginable potential. If you aren’t the smartest kid, hang out with them – there’s a good chance some of their brilliance and innovation will rub off on you,” wrote one user.

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