By February 23, 2006

I’m a Nerd?

Didn’t really foresee the outcome, but according to this test at I’m a “Modern, Cool Nerd.” Allow me to elaborate on the results:

Modern, Cool Nerd
60 % Nerd, 52% Geek, 13% Dork
For The Record:

A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.
A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.
A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.

You scored better than half in Nerd and Geek, earning you the title of: Modern, Cool Nerd.

Nerds didn’t use to be cool, but in the 90’s that all changed. It used to be that, if you were a computer expert, you had to wear plaid or a pocket protector or suspenders or something that announced to the world that you couldn’t quite fit in. Not anymore. Now, the intelligent and geeky have eked out for themselves a modicum of respect at the very least, and “geek is chic.” The Modern, Cool Nerd is intelligent, knowledgeable and always the person to call in a crisis (needing computer advice/an arcane bit of trivia knowledge). They are the one you want as your lifeline in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (or the one up there, winning the million bucks)!



So, what do I think about being either a nerd, geek, or dork? I have always pegged myself as a geek, mostly because of my depth of knowledge (especially at the time) of Web technologies and all the arcane ju-ju required to make a very tightly designed page look and act the same across multiple viewing agents and environments. However, based on the definitions set forth by the test author, I’d have to agree that I am, in fact, a nerd. I was pleased to see that I was only 13% dork, as I believe my current value to my friends and employer is that I play well with others and am basically an agreeable person.

After looking at the percentages, I can’t disagree with the results. I like to think I have a wide breadth of knowledge. There are a dozen or so areas where I know far more about than the average person, but compared to a geek/guru I am still a n00b. Let’s take cars, for example. If you want a comparison of almost any segment of passenger cars in the U.S., come talk to me. However, if you want to know every last production detail of the Pontiac Firebird from cradle to grave, look for someone else. The same goes for World of Warcraft, or games, or American military history, or computer hardware, gadgets, etc etc. If you poll 100 people on the street on a variety of factoids and other crap, I’ll place very well. But put me up against a handful of UNIX zealots or fashionistas and I won’t fare as well.

But enough about me. Are you a nerd, geek, or dork?

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  1. seeyo says:

    Pure Nerd
    73 % Nerd, 21% Geek, 13% Dork

    I can live with that

  2. grahamkj says:

    Pure Nerd
    73 % Nerd, 13% Geek, 17% Dork

    I need to work on my Geek numbers. That’s always been my area of contention.

    My need to know something about everything has always been in my blood. And the ability to question everything.