"They taught me to loosen up a little bit, to be myself. For me, 'geek' has always been an endearing term. I don't mind being called one."
BILL, 29, vice president of the Dukes of Hazzard Fan Club
"On dates, they told me to listen more and not do all the talking. Guys can talk forever pretty much."
JOE, 22, University of Chicago graduate
"They helped me with my confidence. It's been a lot easier for me to approach girls at parties after hanging out with seven hot girls in a mansion. I've been on a couple of dates."
ERIC, 23, computer programmer
"What it comes down to is everyone's just people."
BRAD, 24, bank teller, M.B.A. student
"My problem is getting motivated to get out of the house and put down whatever book I happen to be reading."
SHAWN, 28, landscaper and assistant Boy Scout master
"The approach is still awkward, but I don't feel as nervous about it. I played Dungeons & Dragons in high school, but I can interact with people."
RICHARD, 22, Brandeis University graduate
"They told me I should calm down, that a red light is a necessary function, particularly when it comes to dating."