What does it mean to be a geek?

Posted January 25, 2016 by Paula in Opinions / 3 Comments

What does it mean to be a geek?

I don’t think most people understand what it means to be a geek.

When I say to my friends that I’m a geek, they tell me that no I’m not. They don’t understand that I’m not referring to myself in a derogatory way. I’m happy to be a geek!

I think that they are picturing the stereotypical geeks and nerds like we use to see on Saved By the Bell! Remember these guys:

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But that was the old days. Now being a geek means something different

Being a geek means that you’re not ashamed of your love and enthusiasm for a particular topic. It can be books or movies or science. Anything! You love it! And you love to talk about it. And you get really excited when you do. And you love finding people who are just as geeky for something as you are. Because when you do, you are instant best friends! It’s amazing! This thing called being a geek!

So don’t feel bad if you call me a geek! Or a nerd for that matter. I’m proud to own those labels. I call myself a book nerd because I love to read. I’d rather be reading than doing pretty much anything. I love discovering new worlds between the pages of a good book. And I consider myself a Fantasy geek because I love stories like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Game of Thrones. They aren’t just books, people. They are a way of life!

“Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something. It’s basically a license to proudly emote on a somewhat childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult. Being a geek is extremely liberating.” – Simon Pegg

“Never apologize for being nerdy, because unnerdy people never apologize for being assholes.” – John Barrowman

So, are you a geek or a nerd? What things do you geek out about? Let me know in the comments!

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3 responses to “What does it mean to be a geek?

  1. A friend called me a “cool nerd” and it fit perfectly. I think that’s the beauty of accepting your geeky or nerdness. When you own it’ it becomes cool!

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