Cupid's Pulse Article: Social Do’s for Dating Mark ZuckerbergCupid's Pulse Article: Social Do’s for Dating Mark Zuckerberg

By Vicky Sullivan

In the opening scene of the recent box office hit, The Social Network, the fictional Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) insults girlfriend, Erica Albright (Rooney Mara,) by debasing her background and education.  She then says, “Dating you is like dating a stair master.”  And quickly dumps him.  500 Million friends and billions of dollars later, the real Zuckerberg and girlfriend Priscilla Chan, who he met while studying at Harvard, have just become Palo Alto’s ‘it’ couple.  It must be tough dating a billionaire at the helm of one of the world’s most influential websites.  Especially, when you have lawsuits and the paparazzi following you.  However, Chan has stuck with Zuckerberg through it all.  According to People, the couple live together in a modest rented house.  Shortly after the release of the film, the reclusive Zuckerberg briefly let cameras into his home on a live broadcast of The Oprah Winfrey Show.  In response to the movie, Zuckerberg said, “The last six years have been a lot of coding and focus and hard work.  But, maybe it would be fun to remember it as partying and all this crazy drama.”  Perhaps, he isn’t that much of a stair master after all.

How do you keep your relationship in perspective when you’re dating someone rich and powerful?

Cupid’s Advice:

Most people dream of being swept off their feet by someone with wealth, success, and fame.  If you find yourself in that situation, here are a few things to remember:

1. Be yourself: Money can change everything or nothing at all.  So when it comes to dating someone with wealth, remember they’re just a regular person like everyone else with the same needs and insecurities.

2. Don’t get intimidated: Your partner is and always will be your equal.  Try not to feel that your partner is out of your league.  After all, they chose you for a reason.

3.  Jealousy isn’t an option: Jealousy shouldn’t be a part of any relationship.  However, when it comes to the rich and powerful, there is bound to be competition.  Try not to let it get to you.