Saturday 19 January 2013

Nerds... Geeks... Is There Real Difference... Really?

Nerds... Geeks... is there a real difference?

The definition of geek has changed considerably over time, and no longer has a definitive meaning. The term nerd has a similar, practically synonymous meaning as geek, but many choose to identify different connotations among these two terms, although the differences are disputed.

Ask a "cool" person or a so called "norm" and the answer would probably be no... no difference. But to the once socially inept, there is a difference... apparently. So let's have a quick look at some defined traits.


The prevailing thought seems to be that nerds have above average intelligence, are socially awkward, wear Coke bottle glasses, suspenders in  stead of belts, flood pants with the waist pulled up to the stomach line, nasal voiced computer geniuses who spend their time consumed in some unpopular endeavour.

Wiki definition? A nerd is a person, typically described as being overly intellectual, obsessive, or socially impaired. They may spend inordinate amounts of time on unpopular, obscure, or non-mainstream activities, which are generally either highly technical or relating to topics of fiction or fantasy, to the exclusion of more mainstream activities. Additionally, many nerds are described as being shy, quirky, and unattractive, and may have difficulty participating in, or even following, sports. "Nerd" was a derogatory, stereotypical term, but as with other pejoratives, it has been reclaimed and redefined by some as a term of pride and group identity.

The prevailing thought seems to be that geeks have above average intelligence, are socially awkward, come with or without Coke bottle glasses, possesses a dismal fashion sense, computer literate, video gaming geniuses who spend their time consumed in some unpopular endeavor.

Wiki definition? The word geek is a slang term for odd or non-mainstream people, with different connotations ranging from "a computer expert or enthusiast" to "a person heavily interested in a hobby" (like video gaming) with a general pejorative meaning of "a peculiar or otherwise dislikable person, especially one who is perceived to be overly intellectual".

Although often considered as a pejorative, the term is also often used self-referentially without malice or as a source of pride. Yup... no difference. But if you ask either, they would suggest there is a marked difference. Coming from a Nerd (or geek) I don't think there's much point in debating the differences when there are so many similarities that are being celebrated in the 21st Century. Today's Nerd/Geek is considered a lovable in their obsessions, sweet in their awkwardness, have substituted the Coke bottle glasses for slim designer frames or contacts (if visual aid is even required) they are more physically inclined (although not necessarily athletic) and not only have so much more fashion sense that Neeks (that's right, I just combined the two, lol) even have their own style within popular culture

a style now being bolstered by some celebrities, hip hop and pop artists

in favour of the long played out, five sizes way to baggy, no belt wearing pant waist on the hips, crotch at the knee, unable catch a bus or run across the street without looking like a penguin when the traffic light changes to yellow, hip surgery inducing style that took 20 years to die despite the departure of Kris Kross from the music scene (lol, remember ChrisCross- jump jump?)  

well, even they've embraced the new Neek look.


21st Century Empowered Neeks

Regardless of what term is chosen (Nerd, Geek, Dork, Geenerdork) it seems their time has come. Today, "Hot Girls" seek the Geek. The Nerd's the word. The Dork is getting all the... attention they so richly deserve. But why do you ask? I can sum it in three words... twenty first century. Everything that came before was the unfairly balanced, scale tipping paradigm that supported the so called alpha male and theroy of evolution.

An entire theory of human existence focused on the notion of survival of the fittest, the physically dominant always prevails (and is the most desired by women) sure, big muscle men and jocks are still considered desirable when it comes to straight up lust, but girls (hot or not, nerd or cool) want someone who can be more sensitive, more open to sharing their emotions, not solely governed by the male ego, smart and who doesn't spend countless hours watching whatever sport women still aren't as generally interested in. Someone who's not afraid to dress up as his/her favourite comic book, anime or manga, super hero, film, TV or video game character and go down to a comic convention.

As if living at a time when Sci Fi and comic books, anime and manga, video games and collecting genre action figures, ever increasing computer technology, faster Internet speeds and Cosplay being popular the world over, Neeks now have something else working in their favour... weightlifters who are specifically targeting nerds who'd like to build muscle, offering tips, advice, and even personal training.

Below are a few pics of  known stand up comedy Nerds that have integrated weight training into their life routines, possibly taking their inspiration from Joe Piscopo

Comedians Carrot top

 and yes, that is Dave Chappelle that has put on some pounds.

Nerds... Geeks... Is There  Real Difference... in my opinion, Not Really. Check out the video below to see how Norms, Nerds, Geeks, Cosplay Models and Cosplay girls all jump into the melting pot in celebration of Cosplay Culture.

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