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yes, and I'm ok with it 41 75.93%
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Old 05-28-08, 08:38 AM   #1
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Geeks

A friend of mine has a son that is a geek. We've both known he was a geek for a few years, but now her son is becoming aware of it. We both know that there's nothing wrong with being a geek, and that he'll be fine in the long run, but it doesn't make him(the son) feel any better.

Sometime during junior high school I realized that I am a geek. In high school I lettered in 4 sports, was NHS, and received a scholarship to Boston College, but I still couldn't stop being a geek.

After high school, I realized that lots of women really like geeks, and it stopped bothering me. The problem is that my friend's son is 13, and there is nothing more lonely than being a geek in high school.

How many of us consider themselves to be a geek, and lead a happy, successful life.
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I'm a geek/nerd and loving it.
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GEEK or NERD? This point is critical.

Geek - more socially active than a nerd and not necessarily a brainiac, though it is possible. A geek does not have to be smart, a Geek is someone who is generaly not athletic, and enjoys Video Games; Comic Books; being on the internet, and etc. Key points: social skills, broad interests.

Nerd - these are the guys(or girls) with the pocket protecters, slide rules, etc. and are not normally good with girls, or people in general. Socially inadequete, one whose IQ exceeds their weight. Key points: socially inept


Although there can be some overlap- fear the nerd, embrace the geek. I'm a geek, albeit a socialite. Regardless, although you pick on geeks in high school, you'll probably wind up working for them as an adult.
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I find i'm a bit both. And some people refuse to make a distinction between both and just lump both into a single catergory. I'm not a social butterfly by any means (mostly introverted actually) but i've got a rather broad knowledge of professional social skillz but would rather not use them unless needed.

Nothing wrong with nerds... It's the ones that actually are creepy or posess some kind of superiority complex that are the ones to watch out for.

As long as you're supportive of the kid regardless of who they are, they really should turn out fine.
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Geeks bite the heads off of chickens I don't do that. I prolly did qualify as a nerd, tho.
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I'm a nerd. It even says so on my little label.
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I find i'm a bit both. And some people refuse to make a distinction between both and just lump both into a single catergory. I'm not a social butterfly by any means (mostly introverted actually) but i've got a rather broad knowledge of professional social skillz but would rather not use them unless needed.

Nothing wrong with nerds... It's the ones that actually are creepy or posess some kind of superiority complex that are the ones to watch out for.

As long as you're supportive of the kid regardless of who they are, they really should turn out fine.
He's a really good kid. He goes to school and does well, loves baseball(he's a very good shortstop), plays piano and he's got a great voice, but the kids at school still give him a lot of sh**. I think it might be that he's a bit of a momma's boy.

I'm pretty sure he'll be fine, and could surprise many with how successful he becomes, but the HS years are lonely for geeks.
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Good description artifice. I'm a bit of a geek. I'm fairly athletic though.
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yeah, maybe the anti-athletic is a bit of a generalization (wasn't the rest of the description, too?! ha.) I'm fit, athletic- but entirely un-coordinated. You won't catch me competing in any ping-pong tourneys, that's for sure.
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yeah, maybe the anti-athletic is a bit of a generalization (wasn't the rest of the description, too?! ha.) I'm fit, athletic- but entirely un-coordinated. You won't catch me competing in any ping-pong tourneys, that's for sure.

Do all geeks throw like girls or just girl geeks?
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yes but don't call me a nerd.

oh and I played football, tennis, basketball and rugby in highschool. Took up powerlifting after highschool and later became a mountain biker....

I have no idea why the non-athletic geek thing still sticks around.

It appears artifice and I agree on the terminology. There is/was a distinct difference between the two in highschool.
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yeah, maybe the anti-athletic is a bit of a generalization (wasn't the rest of the description, too?! ha.) I'm fit, athletic- but entirely un-coordinated. You won't catch me competing in any ping-pong tourneys, that's for sure.
I love ping pong.
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I'm fit, athletic- but entirely un-coordinated. You won't catch me competing in any ping-pong tourneys, that's for sure.
+1! After I hurt my back 5 years ago, I became a completely un-coordinated ******.
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I was a geek long before I lost my coordination. I don't think lack of athletic ability has has anything to do with being a geek.
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I have no idea why the non-athletic geek thing still sticks around.

It appears artifice and I agree on the terminology. There is/was a distinct difference between the two in highschool.
same here.

Geeks and nerds are not the same thing, though both are targets in HS.
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same here.

Geeks and nerds are not the same thing, though both are targets in HS.
At 6'5 and 240...I wasn't exactly a target...except everyone really wanted me to play football hahaha
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In high school I was definitely a closet geek. I just didn't like recognition for my high grades in math and computers. I threw away the letter I got for being in marching band.

At the time I had a part time job programming (had been programming since about 7), built my own servers, and maintained my little home network. It might not sound too impressive now, but keep in mind this was the 90's.

I kept all these things under the radar. Why? I dunno, I think it's because I enjoyed making fun of the socially inept geeks.

I was not a geek. I had friends. We'd play Doom on my LAN after school. We'd take turns kicking peoples' asses at Street Fighter at the mall, then party at night if my friend's parents weren't home. I felt that because I wasn't a hermit, I did not fall under the domain of geekdom.

Still to this day, I maintain my closet geekiness. The other day I was trying to debrick my router from a failed linux firmware installation. Out of frustration, I cursed under my breath. My girlfriend in the room heard me and offered to have her friend look at it. I was baffled. Usually, people come to ME for their problems. If I had to escalate an issue, there are only 2 other people in the world I'd go to, and she wanted to refer me to the guy that set up her printer once. Anyway, 5 minutes later the router breathed back to life. She still doesn't realize how big of a geek I really am

Despite the positive connotation associated with it these days, I still refuse to embrace the term.
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Wow, that is closeted. jeez...
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skewed audience for internet poll, you'd have to think.
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skewed audience for internet poll, you'd have to think.
I doubt it. Most people on the internet are geeks anymore. While 10 years ago everyone online needed to be somewhat a geek I would imagine the ratio has inverted.

I do find the term geek has broadened too. It is more inclusive of people who traditionally weren't geeks. I won't delve to much into that but when I was a kid if you didn't have a chem set, your own computer setup (usually multi node bbs would get you in right away), played d&d (or any roleplaying) and couldn't build your own serial based lan party you weren't a geek.

Yes yes, we were elitist too...
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Well this is a tough one. I am an engineer so naturally I would consider myself a little geeky but at the same time put me in a party with strangers and I have no problems making conversation. I watch all kinds of sports but also the occasional romantic comedy. I play a fair amount of sports and am athletic. I wear square toed loafers.

In short I am gods gift to mankind

Edit:- I think I have learned how to shut down the inner geek and dress, act and be a normal person if called upon.
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I was not a geek. I had friends. We'd play Doom on my LAN after school. We'd take turns kicking peoples' asses at Street Fighter at the mall, then party at night if my friend's parents weren't home.
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Yeah, I know my definition is different than what others may think, but I think some perfectly "normal" kids did that stuff.

And only the coolest kids played Werewolf: The Apocalypse. None of that D&D bullcrap
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I was both a nerd and geek until halfway through college.

Then one day everything changed and everyone around me noticed.

I don't miss being a geek/nerd at all. I was the bad type... socially uncapable, misunderstood, naive, tried too hard, etc.

Now it's the opposite. I am very pleased.
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Many people who were called "four eyes" in high school are now called "seven digits".
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Tech geeks and bike geeks are a given. What other kinds qualify? I could bore you to tears or scare your skin off with detonation velocities and fun things to be made with legal, non-recorded, and easily available chemicals.
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