I am Geek - I am Nerd
Up until recently I had considered myself a self confessed geek. I could not have explained to you exactly what aspects of my life detail this, as geekiness seems an integral part of my day to day routine.
But without too much searching it was easy to find many people on the web that out-geek me. With my Geek identity wavering I was beginning to wonder if I had been a fake all this time, until I remembered the Nerd. The intense Geek.
So what does it really mean to be either?
(please be aware that reading further could alter your self perception and affect future interaction with society*)
Here is a brief definition:
A person that is passionate about a particular subject or subjects, often relating to science fiction (films, literature, games) and items of a technical nature (computers, engines, lego) You do not need to be overly intelligent to be a Geek, just have a passion and enthusiasm about your interests that take you above and beyond the Normies.
A person who who takes great pleasure in the pursuit and acquisition of knowledge in subjects that are often detailed, complicated or alien. A Nerd will most likely find learning their chosen subject quite natural and find it difficult when Normies struggle to keep up with them, therefore, they do not tend to be overly social. Having a high IQ is extremely beneficial to the Nerd.
So a Nerd is just a really geeky Geek? - Yes
So do Geeks aspire to become Nerds? - erm...probably not
Yes, Nerds do out-geek the Geeks, but when it comes to socialising with the Normies, geeks have the advantage. Most Normies will accept a Star Trek geek telling of their fondness for the Klingon race. But when a Star Trek Nerd flexes their superiority and starts talking in the Klingon language, a Normie will feel incredibly uncomfortable. Unfortunately most Nerds are oblivious to the atmospheric quagmires they create. Awkward
Whilst knowledge is a wonderful thing, too much is just a little scary for Normies. Take Binary for example. Most Geeks know what it is and can explain it's principle to anyone. But a Nerd will 'know' Binary intimately and be able to read it as easily as the English language.
If Binary is not in your language remit, this may help :)
But I shouldn't let Nerds come across as too alien. Geeks have a code all of there own, though born out of a creative need to be cheeky and different, rather than having super brains that can do unusual things with 1's & 0's
Street credibility had never been a major concern in the past, but both parties have had a make over in recent years. Although thick glasses, bracers, ill fitting trousers, side parting of the hair and brown leather satchels still make the odd appearance. An effort has been made to trend up the Geek/Nerd image... not always successfully
If you have never considered yourself a Geek or Nerd before, but after reading this are finding some things all too familiar. Below are a couple of tests I found on the web that help determine your Geek/Nerd factor. There is always the possibility that you are an extremely nerdy but socially aware uber Geek.
If that turns out to be the case, we should hang out :)
Despite a slight concern that maybe I was not geeky enough to wear the title, it turned out that I am simply not nerdy. So with my self proclaim Geek title back in place I may continue being geeky at my leisure, though there is a side to me that wishes I could be a bit more nerdy - unfortunately I just don't have the brain power :(
*Society - people whom do not understand - colon capital d