People Are Obsessing Over ‘Himbos’ And Here’s Why You Should Want To Date One

Himbo. It’s a funny-sounding word, seemingly simple, and it’s really sprung to popularity over the past few months—people have been posting about their favorite himbos all over social media.

While the internet treats these loveable dumb hotties as something of a joke, they also have a lot of good qualities. Here’s a quick definition of what a himbo is and why you should consider dating one.

What Is A Himbo?

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Photo Credit: Scopio / Michele Iannoni

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a himbo as “an attractive but vacuous man,” basically meaning that he’s an absolute hottie with a body but isn’t winning any competitions for his intelligence.

Why A “Himbo”?

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Photo Credit: Unsplash / Christopher Campbell

The term was created by combining a male pronoun (him) with the word “bimbo.” Considering that “bimbo” had been used as a derogatory term about unintelligent women for so long, people believed that there should be a male equivalent.

It’s A Throwback To The Past

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Photo Credit: moviestillsdb / Warner Brothers

The term was actually first recorded being used in 1988, with many pop culture writers and media outlets adopting the term over the next decade. However, it has recently been given new life by Gen Zs who have just heard of the term.

They’re Goofy, But Kind

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Photo Credit: Unsplash / Brooke Cagle

One of the most important defining features of a himbo that more recent definitions have stressed is that these men are really kind to the women in their lives. They’re drinking their respect women juice.

Himbos Are Everywhere!

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Photo Credit: moviestillsdb / Thor Ragnorok

Some of the most popular film and television characters from the past few years in a variety of genres have been himbos, including Thor from the MCU and Jason Mendoza from The Good Place.

Why Should You Want To Date One, Though?

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Photo Credit: Unsplash / Amoon Ra

When most women talk about the type of men they want to date, “unintelligent” isn’t exactly the first adjective that comes up. However, himbos offer a lot of good qualities that can make them great partners.

They Aren’t Afraid To Admit They’re Wrong

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Photo Credit: Unsplash / Markus Spiske

They accept that they might not be the brightest bulb in the shed, so when they lose an argument, they’re ready to apologize and admit that they may have been wrong.

They Will Never Try To Mansplain Something To You

gotta get me a kitchen himbo. You know? a sweet man with muscular arms who says
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Photo Credit: Twitter / @RaxKingIsDead

Himbos are not the “um, well, actually…” type of guys that will try to explain your own career field to you. While himbos are willing to share information about something they like when prompted, they don’t try to explain or talk over you.

They’re Down For A Good Time

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Photo Credit: Scopio / Tarran Goodwin

Who’s more fun than a himbo? They’re almost always down to tag along for a hike, go for a game of mini-golf, head to a concert, or do just about anything you can think of.

They Don’t Have A Superiority Complex

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Photo Credit: Unsplash / Olav Ahrens Røtne

Men who perceive themselves as smart say they like to date intelligent women, but they lose interest once they realize she is more intelligent than him (there’s a 2015 study that confirms this). However, himbos don’t think they’re smarter than you, so they don’t feel threatened by your intelligence.

They Are Great To Cuddle

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Photo Credit: Unsplash / Toa Heftiba

Himbos’ bodies are just comfy—they’re big and make you feel secure and warm in your arms. I swear, himbos were the blueprint when the inventor of gravity blankets came up with the idea.

They’re Fun To Party With

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Photo Credit: Philipp Guelland / Getty Images

Himbos tend to be your typical meatheads, but that also means that they’re fun and friendly, making them the perfect party guest. A himbo boyfriend will have you being an unstoppable duo at the beer pong table.

They Don’t Belittle Your Problems

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Photo Credit: Unsplash / Taylor Hernandez

Some men will act like your problems are stupid and small, dismissing you when you bring them up. However, a himbo won’t consider your problems stupid and is more likely to listen to you vent through it.

Their Errors Rarely Come From A Place Of Malice

tweet: we are now entering the himbo preserve. please, no loud noises, as they will overturn the tram in their delight
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Photo Credit: Twitter / @zenyanna

When a himbo does something wrong or mistreats you, you can really believe that he didn’t mean to do the hurtful thing—he just was not thinking too hard about it.

They’re Generally Very Strong

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Photo Credit: Unsplash / Anatase Maragos

Once again, I don’t just want to focus on physical attributes, but it’s nice to have a himbo boyfriend who can help you carry furniture when you have to move into a new house.

They’re Hot.

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Photo Credit: Unsplash / Scorpio Creative

You can say whatever you want about not being shallow, but really, we all do love attractive guys with hot bods. There’s no way around it: a himbo’s hotness is a huge advantage of dating one.

They Support You When You Shine

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Photo Credit: Unsplash / Bruce Mars

While some men might feel threatened by your accomplishments/career or try to compete to be the “breadwinner,” a himbo will be there cheering from the sidelines. They’re always excited to see you being your best self.

They Are Kind

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Photo Credit: moviestilldb / NBC

At the root of it all, the most important thing about a partner is that they’re kind and that they really respect you, which are two of the defining traits of a himbo.

Of Course, There’s No “Right” Type Of Man

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Photo Credit: Unsplash / Toa Heftiba

I’m not saying that you should stop dating men who have intellectual pursuits and only date guys from the gym. Every woman is different, so we value different characteristics in men across the board.

…However, Don’t Discount The Himbos

I've been having some absolutely cooked stress dreams lately so I would like us all to manifest a lovely dream about me and a himbo as a treat thanks u goodnight
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Photo Credit: Twitter / @jocelynseip

He may not be able to talk about economic theory with you, but you shouldn’t discount men you meet just because you perceive them as stupid. Everyone has good qualities that are worth considering.