Back in high school, I was a nerd.
Now I’m a geek.
There’s a big difference, at least in my humble opinion.
- Generally very socially inept
- Usually quite unfit and also not good at sports
- Totally lacking in interest in and/or awareness of popular culture
- Singlehandedly focused on and often very talented in academics
- Not very well respected outside of nerd circles nowadays
- Fascinated by technology, but often in how it connects people and organizations
- Intellectual but not at the expense of being able to make smalltalk
- Generally comfortable with machines AND people
- Often fascinated by science and technology, but not necessarily ‘experts’
- Typically engaged in popular culture, but feeling more passionate about ‘alternative’ entertainment (e.g., “They Might Be Giants,” “Monty Python,” etc.
- Often figuring out how to tie technology in with useful and or social endeavors (e.g., using a Palm Pilot to look up a restaurant review)
- Probably seen as “the norm” in many places, including various cities (San Francisco) and demographics (Ivy League colleges).
What are your thoughts on this?
Do you think my ad hoc definitions fit the bill?
Would you consider yourself a geek or a nerd?
Do you have friends who are geeks or nerds?
And can someone really change, as I’ve suggested that I have? 🙂