Geek vs. Nerd
In the ongoing battle geek and nerd, and one must take sides. But how can this be done without a solid argument for both personas? It's time to lay all the cards on the table to determine which is better and answer some
fear to know: Are you a geek, or a nerd?
The terms geek and nerd my sometimes seem synonymous, but they have very different roots in history:
- Geek. While used as a derogatory term originally, the word "geek" gained popularity in the circus. Circus performers that performed amazing feats were Geeks.
- Nerd. This term was coined from Dr. Seuss in 1954 in a line that read "A nerkle, a nerd, and a seersucker too!" - so really nerkle and seersucrer are synonymous with nerd.
- Someone with a specific niche interest/lifestyle that they have become the expert on.
- Knowledge can range from mundane to "living encyclopedia" status.
- An early adopter.
- A Mac.
- Can be pretentious and long winded.
- Wears ironic t-shirts.
- Interests might include gaming, film (both artsy film and anything Will Ferrel stars in), collecting, gadgets/tech, computing, coding, hacking, techno music, screen printing, etc.
- A fan of gadgets.
- Extreme interest or fascination with academics.
- Socially Inept.
- Diverse and sometimes impractical skills due to broad interests in games, movies, science, computers, etc.
- A PC.
- Interests might include; Battlestar Galactica (BSG); LaRPing; SecondLife; Physics; Chess; Fantasy/Sci-Fi; Computer programming.
Likely geek jobs:
- Web design/development.
- IT professional.
- Graphic designer.
- Game designer/developer.
- Barista at an indie coffee shop.
Geeks can fall and marry non-geeks.
Likely nerd jobs:
- Rocket scientist.
- Reclusive professor.
- Computer programmer.
- IT professional.
- Or work at a video store.
Nerds marry other nerds, it's the natural state of the universe.
You know you're talking to a geek when they remind you of their "hip" lifestyle by discussing their "cool" habits or dropping pop culture references:
- There's nothing kinking it some crunchy bass while enjoying a good Malbec.
- 60% of the time it works all the time.
- [While pulling out their iPhone] Let me pull out my pocket iPad.
You know you're talking to a nerd when they insert obscure references into s sentence
- There are 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary and those who don't.
- I would love to change the world, but they won't give me source code.
- The box said "Requires Windows 95 or better" so I installed Linux.
Factoids / stats:
- 87% prefer the word geek over nerd.
- 17% of Americans identify as geeks.
- 65% of video game designers identify as geeks.
- 50% of technology engineers identify as geeks.
- 37% of bloggers identify as geeks.
- 66% of millennials think "geek" is a compliment.
- 45% of people believe geeks are early adopters.
- 31% of people believe geeks have a higher chance of being successful.
- 41% of people would be comfortable called a geek while only 24% would be comfortable called a nerd.
- On average, self-identified geeks have a better view of themselves than others view geeks: 1. 73% (self identified geek), 54% (non-geek). Is a person people come to for Technology Advice; 2. 60% (self identified
geek), 43% (non-geek). Is a first adopter of new technology; 3. 59% (self identified geek), 43% (non-geek). Is extremely intelligent; 4. 50% (self identified geek), 48% (non-geek). Works in the IT or Tech industry; 5.
48% (self identified geek), 29% (non-geek). Gets obsessed with certain aspects of pop culture; 6. 47% (self identified geek), 28% (non-geek). Has a higher chance of being professionally successful; 7. 34% (self identified
geek), 54% (non-geek). Is a socially awkward.
Geek and nerd movies
- A geek would rather be called a geek over hipster (23% are OK with being called a hipster, 41% are OK with being called a geek).
- Movies geeks love (and some nerds too!): Anchorman; Donnie Darko; Tron; Office Space; Arrested Development (Yes, it's on the way!).
- Movies nerds love (and some geeks too!): Lord of the Rings; Battlestar Galactica (Yes, it's on the way!); Star Trek; Matrix; Pi.
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Sources: http://www.boardofwisdom.com/default.asp?start=1&topic=1005&listname=Geek; http://www.wikihow.com/Tell-the-Difference-Between-Nerds-and-Geeks; http://www.geekwire.com/2011/geek-pride-day-