Geek vs Nerd


In the ongoing battle between geek and nerd, one must take sides. But how can this be done without a solid argument for both personas? It's time to lay all the cards on the table to determine which is better and answer the question some fear to know:

Are you a geek, or a nerd?


The terms geek and nerd may sometimes seem synonymous, but they have very different roots in history


While used as a derogatory term originally, the word "geek" gained popularity in the circus. Circus performers that performed amazing feats were Geeks


This term was coined from Dr. Seuss in 1954 in a line that read "A nerkle, a nerd, and a seersucker too!" - So really nerkle and seersucker are synonymous with nerd.

Geek Traits

Someone with a specific niche interest/lifestyle that they have become the expert on

An early adopter.

Knowledge can range from mundane to "living encyclopedia" status.

Can be pretentious and longwinded.

Wears ironic t-shirts.

A Mac.

Interests might include gaming, film (both artsy film and anything Will Ferrel stars in), collecting, gadgets/tech, computing, coding, hacking, techno music, screen printing, etc.

A fan of gadgets.

Nerd Traits

Extreme interest or fascination with academics.


Socially inept.

Diverse and sometimes impractical skills due to broad interests in games, movies, science, computers, etc.


Interests might include: Battlestar Galactica (BSG), LARPing, SecondLife, Physics, Chess, Fantasy/Sci-Fi, Computer programming.

Likely geek jobs:

Web design/development

IT professional


Graphic designer

Game designer/developer

Barista at an indie coffee shop


Record store


Geeks can fall for and marry non-geeks

Nerds marry other nerds, it's the natural state of the universe

Likely nerd jobs:

Rocket Scientist

Reclusive professor

Computer programmer


IT professional


Or work at a video store

Geek Talk

You know you're talking to a geek when they remind you of their "hip" lifestyle by discussing their "cool" habits or dropping pop culture references

There's nothing like kicking it to some crunchy bass while enjoying a good Malbec.

[While pulling out their iPhone] Let me pull out my pocket iPad.

60% of the time it works all the time.

Nerd talk

You know you're talking to a nerd when they insert obscure references into a sentence:

There are 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary and those who don't.

I would love to change the world, but they won't give me the source code.

The box said 'Requires Windows 95 or better' so I installed LINUX.


87% prefer the word GEEK over NERD

17% of Americans identify as geeks

65% of video game designers identify as geeks

50% of technology engineers identify as geeks

37% of bloggers identify as geeks

66% of millennials think "geek" is a compliment

45% of people believe geeks are early adopters

31% of people believe geeks have a higher chance of being successful

41% of people would be comfortable called a geek while only 24% would be comfortable called a nerd.

On average, self-identified geeks have a better view of themselves than others view geeks:

Self-Identified Geek Vs. Non-Geek

73% vs 54% -is a person people come to for Technology Advice.

60% vs. 43% - Is a first adopter of new technology.

59% vs. 43% - Is extremely intelligent

50% vs. 48% - Works in the IT or Tech industry

48% vs 29% - Gets obsessed with certain aspects of pop culture.

47% vs. 28% - Has a higher chance of being professionally successful.

34% vs. 54% - Is socially awkward.

Geek and Nerd Movies

A geek would rather be called a geek over a hipster

23% are OK with being called a hipster

41% are OK with being called a geek

Movie Geeks Love... (and some nerds too!)


Donnie Darko


Office Space

Arrested Development (yes, it's on the way!)

Movie Nerds Love... (and some geeks too!)

Lord of the Rings

Battlestar Galactica (yes, it's on the way!)

Star Trek



Geek vs Nerd

shared by Ariela on Jan 04, 2012 in Humor


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In the ongoing battle between geek and nerd, one must take sides. But how can this be done without a solid argument for both personas? It's time to lay all the cards on the table to determine which is...
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