It’s time to admit it: inside the hearts of all of us is an itty bitty nerd.
It’s no secret that being a nerd has now gone mainstream. Back in the good old days, the image of a nerd was someone with large square glasses, questionable fashion sense, and lack of social skills. Today, though, being a nerd can come in many different sub-categories such as the video game nerd, the sci-fi nerd or the bookworm nerd.
I’m sure if you’re a nerd like myself, you’re probably frustrated at the fact that a label you’ve suffered a bit for (yet proudly felt was unique), is now all the rage. But what if I told you that being nerd isn’t as mainstream as we like to think? Despite the fact that we’re all a bit nerdy on the inside, there are still specific qualities that go into being a nerd that many people, even those that self-proclaim themselves as nerds on Instagram from time to time, don't have:
- We don't only hang out with other nerds. Contrary to popular belief, nerds aren't the only ones in our social group. Since we have interesting personalities and unique interests, we tend to attract different kinds of people. It keeps life interesting!
- We get crazy weird with our friends. We're usually the weirdos in our group. And our friends love us for it. They like the strange nicknames we give each of them, our hilarious outbursts at the movies (even the ones that aren't comdies), and our rants on why Ben Afleck shouldn't be allowed anywhere near a Batman costume.
- We're not really geniuses. Nerdiness has always been associated with superior intelligence. However, most nerds are more bright than they are highly intelligent. You have a lot of enthusiasm behind knowledge, but we'e not the stereotypical equivalent of a walking encyclopedia, unless it's on something you take great interest in anyway, which is why...
- We're experts when it comes to things we really love. Whether it's Assassin’s Creed, history of the X-Men, amphibians, model trains, yodeling, or whatever else gets us going, we don't just know a little bit about it - we know it all. That’s because when nerds take interest in things, boy do they get into it. The only thing we love more than learning about our hobbies is talking about them to others. So if you're hanging around with us, be prepared for us to spontaneously wax poetic on Bobby Fischer's greatest games, or something that may seem equally boring to you, but is super exciting to us.
- We'll often inject movie quotes into conversations. Okay, pop quiz: you walk into the kitchen, and you're told not to take the just-cookies out of the oven. What's your reaction? If your reply is “fire cannot kill the dragon,” then, yeah, you're a nerd. Extra points if you'd say it in your best Daenerys Targaryen voice. Nerds TV and films quotes ready for any occasion.
- Conventions are our favorite past times. Conventions like the New York City Comic Con or Megacon are places where nerds have the opportunity to get signed autographs from admired actors and the latest sneak peek into the latest comic book issue. But there is a catch when it comes to conventions…
- We’re picky about them. When it comes to ridiculous ticket prices, keeping our costume together, and trying not to break the bank on posters and signed memorabilia, conventions can get exhausting and expensive. So we find our favorites and stick to those (and then debate with others about why the ones we like are the only ones that actually matter).
- We don't wear pocket protectors or tape around the middle of our glasses. The fashion stereotypes about nerds that you see in TV and movies is really us. But we're also not exactly fashionistas, either. Usually the nicest outfit we own includes a printed t-shirt that's relatively clean and has minimal wear, or, when it comes to cosplay, a Sailor Moon or Star Trak uniform.
- Fangirling/boying is our reaction to almost everything. Squealing is part of a nerd’s dialect. As a nerd, we've all squealed at that trailer for the new Avengers movie or while watching our favorite voice actors saying phrases you’ve always wanted the characters they play to say.
- We enjoy debates about weird things. How did Sherlock survive that fall off a building? Was Eartha Kitt a better Catwoman than Halle Berry? These are just some of the topics nerds have had extensive debates on Tumblr which is why…
- Tumblr is our haven. Tumblr has become a great website for nerds in terms of having debates, posting images and gifs that describes our feelings, our own artwork, and crazy fan theories. It’s also a great place to make fellow nerd friends to squeal with together.