As a subculture, geeks have been marginalized and bullied for decades. People always thought of them as socially awkward, peculiar, and even strange. And, people are, by nature, afraid of strange things.
But, something’s changed. For some reason, people openly started showing and sharing their geekiness with others. Suddenly, geeks are all the rage. They’re mainstream. They’re cool.
If you’re a long-term geek, you might be asking yourself where all this geek-mania is coming from. We’d like to tell you something – it doesn’t really matter! Deep down, we all seem to geek out about something. What does matter, however, is that the number of geek-loving people out there is increasing. Geeky is the new cool, and you should take advantage of that.
We know you don’t believe us. But, here’s a list of 10 reasons why we’re right when we say that being a geek can earn you cool points. Read it. Remember it. Revel in it. Your time to shine has finally come.
#1: Having a geeky brain makes you cool.
Yes, until a while ago, geeks were considered too obsessive over irrelevant topics. But, people came to realize that a geek’s ability to focus on a task is superior to everyone else’s. Their laser-like focus makes them the most desirable employees in tech companies and beyond.
The enthusiasm they display drives many industries to be better – to deliver faster. When geeks love something, they’re not afraid to show it. They always have the coolest props around their homes. They will even stand in line for hours just to be able to meet the stars and creators of their favorite shows and movies.
Furthermore, geeks made cosplay popular. It took a while for the general public to understand why dressing up and acting like your favorite character is fun. But, they eventually got it, and now it seems like everyone wants to try it.
The days when you were labeled weird for speaking in catchphrases and wearing costumes are long gone. Geeks have shown that they are resilient and that they don’t care about teasing. They learned to bounce back and laugh when people make fun of their interests. People, in turn, learned how to respect that, and they believe you’re unique and funny.
#2: Every geek’s mind is a ‘memory palace.’
Geeks are generally defined by their enthusiasm for and dedication to seemingly useless topics. Obviously, the knowledge that they so hungrily acquire is usually not appreciated by the masses. However, what those masses did learn to appreciate is the amount of information geeks can memorize, be it useful or not.
Namely, everyone admires the fact that geeks don’t just learn something because they need it to pass an exam or get a job. They learn because they genuinely enjoy soaking up knowledge. Their brains are like sponges, just taking in everything around them.
What’s even more interesting is that geeks see pretty much everything as a project they must master. The insights they gain along the way change not only their perspective but also the perspective of the people around them. Finally, the coolest thing about a geek’s brain is that once stored, the information never disappears from it.
If you’re really a geek, you shouldn’t be ashamed of your vast knowledge. Yes, the knowledge you have might not be practical all the time. But, you have it, and you will use it at some point in time.
#3: Everyone knows that geeks are inventive.
If there’s one thing that geek culture takes pride in, it’s that it is all about making and creating. In fact, geeks are a highly innovative bunch, and that makes them unique in the mainstream culture. They still find joy in making things.
We are all well aware of the fact that we live in a world that doesn’t give us much autonomy in our jobs. We usually reproduce – we hardly ever make or create. Geeks, however, are doing quite the opposite.
One clear example of geeky inventiveness is the social media. We wouldn’t have the likes of Google, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter if it weren’t for geeks. It was their enthusiasm and dedication about system design and software engineering that made it possible. And, of course, it took more than one geek to make it possible. Their borderline fanaticism brought about services that we can’t imagine living without.
Their success and the fact that their inventions are now mainstream turned these geeks into celebrities. We’ve all heard of Bill Gates, Sergey Brin, Larry Page, and Mark Zuckerberg. These powerful geeks should be an inspiration to all geeks out there. To be more precise, they should be an inspiration to you.
#4: Geeks are a sought-after workforce.
Those who manage to translate their geekiness into actual skills can hope for really cool jobs. In fact, companies that employ the highest number of geeks stand out as places that value creativity, imagination, and ingenuity. Hiring managers always appreciate a passionate applicant in a job interview. Here’s why.
First of all, a geeky applicant is usually obsessed with solving problems. And, every company has problems that need to be solved. Generally speaking, problem-solving requires persistence and the ability to dig deep into a challenge.
Second, geeks are the self-taught kind of genius, which means they will find unconventional ways to acquire new knowledge. Sometimes things we learn outside of school turn out to be more important than what we learned in class. Since not everyone lives off their degree, an innovative company will look for an employee that can follow suit.
Third, geeks are less likely to be workaholics. As crazy as this may sound, geeks actually want to have a life outside their working hours. To achieve that, they will do their tasks in a dedicated manner, but quickly and efficiently.
Fourth, a geeky employee likes diversity and is flexible to change. This flexibility is precisely what makes them so great at problem-solving. When an old approach doesn’t work, they simply find a new one. Moreover, a geeky employee has a tendency to feel at home in a new company, thus helping it grow.
Fifth, geeks believe they can make a difference. The sheer joy of making something extends into being happy that they’re contributing to the greater good. They can be very passionate about their company’s goals.
Finally, innovative employers rely on geeky staff in every workplace. In return, they provide professional growth and a culture that will cultivate their uniqueness.
#5: Some geeks are actually very rich.
Speaking of Gates, Zuckerberg and the rest of them influential geeks, there’s one thing we just can’t ignore.
They’re rich. Very rich.
Of course, it didn’t just randomly happen. These people built technological solutions that transformed our everyday lives. Regardless of their innate altruism, no geek will ever refuse money for the work they did.
Nowadays, certain tech companies are worth more than oil companies. And we’re not only talking about the tech giants that we mentioned earlier. Numerous small tech companies are working and earning millions on their solutions every day. Think about the simplest apps you use on your smartphones. Who do you think makes them?
Now, working in the tech field doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get insanely rich. But, you have much greater chances of success than in other industries. Take the signal from the big fish. If technology is basically running the world, you might as well be at the forefront of it.
#6: As a geek, you can advocate for other outsiders.
If you were a geek most of your life, then you definitely know what it feels like to be misunderstood, underappreciated, and pushed around. People have looked at you in unusual ways. Moreover, they have made fun of you, and they have pushed you to the margins of society.
Because of all of that, you know how to defend the “uncool” when you see they need it. You know that those on the fringes of society don’t have a lot of influence. But, you don’t care because that doesn’t really matter.
What does matter, and what does make a difference, are a person’s strength and skills. You know that because people underestimated you, as well.
Most of the time, the masses pay attention to the person with the loudest voice in a crowd. You can be that voice for all the underdogs. You can show the world what geekiness is all about – you can educate the uneducated about the beauty of being passionate about something unusual.
Who knows. Maybe you make people come to know their own inner geeks.
#7: Geeks are on TV.
As pretty much everything throughout the century, geeks, too, have become more acceptable thanks to TV. If you’ve paid any attention, you probably know that geeks have gone a long way from Stuart Minkus and Steve Urkel to Lisa Simpson, Ross Geller, and Sheldon Cooper.
No one knows exactly when the change occurred. All we know is that shows like The Big Bang Theory and The IT Crowd changed everyone’s perception of geeks.
First of all, the stereotypical physical representation of a geek has changed. Most TV series nowadays go to show that geeks come in all shapes and sizes, meaning that they’re regular people, too.
Second, they’re learning to overcome their social awkwardness. As the characters develop over time, they learn how to deal with the challenges of the “outside world.” Quite successfully, if we might add. They’re popular among their friends, they have active love lives, etc.
Third, their strange interests have grown more popular thanks to them. Science has never been this cool.
Generally speaking, the overall appearance of geeks on TV was shaped by the public opinion. Everyone knew that there’s more to a geek than just wearing glasses. Thanks to the audience’s reactions, geeks have become less stereotypical and thus less annoying, but not less geeky. Their peculiarities are still there. They’ve just become more acceptable to everyone now that geeks look like ordinary people.
#8: Being a geek makes you the go-to person for geeky movie intel.
We all noticed the prevalence of movies about superheroes and magic in recent years. Why? Because superheroes are cool. They have superpowers and awesome gadgets. What’s more, they can do magic and communicate with otherworldly creatures. They can do all the things we can’t, but we want to. Whether they admit it or not, every adult wishes to be like them.
However, there’s one thing many people fail to understand. Superheroes were there long before someone decided to make movies about them. They lived happily on the pages of DC and Marvel comics. And guess who spent the most time with them? That’s right. Geeks.
But, geekdom doesn’t cease to amaze us there. What makes geeks even more awesome in our eyes is that they knew about LOTR, Harry Potter and Game of Thrones long before we did. And we probably shouldn’t even get started on Star Wars and Star Trek.
Of course, just going to the movie theater for a superhero blockbuster or watching GoT unprepared won’t spoil the fun. But, people who really like understanding the plot twists might want to talk to the geekiest of their friends first. Their newly-discovered geeky expertise makes them the go-to people and the new cool kids in every crowd.
So, if you’re passionate about a show or a movie franchise, don’t be afraid to share your knowledge. People around you will appreciate it.
#9: When geeky, you’re also the go-to person for tech support.
We live in a tech-oriented world, and people are generally excited about consumer technology. However, when technology is just not working with us, we immediately turn to our designated tech geeks for help.
A thing that geeks know, but “not computer people” seem to miss, is that working with technology is not exactly rocket science. Most of the time, the answer to our problem is right in front of us. But still, being able to think logically and having some basic debugging skills turns geeks into god-like creatures. It seems that when it comes to manipulating technology, being able to get the desired results from electronic devices resembles magic.
So, it is cool to be tech-savvy. Not everyone can keep up with the ever-changing nature of the tech world.
The constant technological advancements gave geeks a niche in which they feel not only useful but also intellectually superior. Their inherent curiosity put them at the forefront of most tech support teams worldwide.
Basically, if you’re a tech-savvy geek, you can expect a number of admirers. Considering how hooked on technology everyone is without really understanding it, you might soon have your hands full. And, your newly-formed fanbase will not take you for granted. On the contrary, they will be eternally grateful for your help and support.
#10: Even the music industry embraced the geekdom.
You might seriously be wondering if there’s even a connection between geeks and music. Let us tell you right from the start – there is. Take programming, for example.
In order to do it, you have to translate the client’s requirements into code on a computer. Meanwhile, in order to make actual music, you have to translate sheet music into a tune with the help of an instrument. Both of these sound like problem-solving activities, right? What’s more, both of these activities require a certain amount of improvisation.
Improvisation, however, is not the only link. Electronic music has been around since the early 1950’s. However, it became more mainstream about a decade later. Ever since then, geeks have been working hard on creating all sorts of gadgets that could produce music. That’s why, today, we have R&B, hip-hop, and EDM.
Some music artists are taking the geekiness even further into the industry. The name Joel Thomas Zimmerman probably doesn’t ring a bell. But how about deadmau5? We thought so.
This Canadian DJ and music producer is taking the stage by storm. The reasons why we mention him here are his performance on stage and his nickname.
He mainly produces progressive house, but he sometimes delves into other genres, too. That wouldn’t be so unusual if he weren’t a proud and outspoken geek. Namely, he makes sure that his shows are abundant in tech imagery and geeky connotations, starting from the mouse mask he is always wearing.
So, geeks don’t just enjoy music anymore. They also make it and shape it. Therefore, if you have any interest in music, don’t be ashamed to go all geeky on it.
To Sum Up…
Being a geek is definitely not something you should be ashamed of!
Thanks to all the technological advancements, people have finally begun appreciating geeks for everything they know. In the words of Faith Salie, an actress, and a journalist,
No longer is a geek identifiable by a pale complexion, black-rimmed glasses, a bowling shirt that says ‘Nerd World Order.’ No, geeks are everywhere. And they’re cool!
We already established that we’re all geeks about something. It’s okay if you’re one, too. Just be proud of it!
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