Here is a question for you: do you remember when being a geek was a bad thing? I know I sure do, being that I was one my entire childhood. The “cool” kids didn’t play video games or like science fiction. They didn’t dream of taking the ring to Mordor or being a Jedi. They didn’t listen to underground indie bands and wear tshirts with Atari references.
But now you see the IT Crowd or the Big Bang Theory, or see chicks walking around with zombie apparel. It has brought to light a whole new fad….the Chic Geek.
Of course, some would argue this isn’t geekiness at all. I think Simon Pegg recently said it best:
“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.”
Well, I wish I had been given that kind of approval when I was 10-years-old and talking to everyone who would listen about Star Wars. But it does bring up a good point…is it now ‘trendy’ to date a geek?
Real Geeks Versus Chic Geeks
Real geeks should probably be given a new name at this point to distinguish them. We are actually more nerds. We tend to be socially awkward, easily distracted and lost in fantasy worlds and perhaps more intelligent or creative than some. This works for us in some ways, against us in pretty much anything social that doesn’t involve an inner circle made with the same kind of people.
Chic geeks, on the other hand, are a more accepted and hip breed. They have grown up and are now into the same things many of us originals were made fun of as kids. Part of this comes from the horror crazes, such as zombies and vampires, as well as the prevalence of console games that are no longer locked in the realm of the game nerd.
I think that you will find that most of the first type are still going to find dating and the social scene just as difficult as they always did. The kid in high school right now who is of the socially awkward variety isn’t going to be swimming in babes because he likes calculus. Nothing has really changed, except that many things have become retro, and in the way of all things retro, they are now considered cool.
Why It Should Be Trendy To Date A Geek
Let’s put aside the Chic Geeks now, and focus on the originals. There are several reasons that they make great boyfriends/girlfriends:
- They are rational and focused. Logical thinking tends to be a strong point of most geeks. That doesn’t mean they will be able to cure cancer or solve lengthy mathematical equations. But when it comes to navigating life, they can approach it from a rather single minded track that can be highly beneficial.
- You won’t likely have to worry about cheating. I am not saying that all geeks are saints; of course, there are a couple of unfaithful scumbags out there in any group. But for whatever reason, this particular sect of people seems to be less likely to stray. Maybe it is because they are too lost in fantasy anyway, or they just appreciate what they have because they find socially connecting harder. Who knows, for sure?
- They will introduce you to great things. When I told my current significant other than they would love Babylon 5, they were very, very skeptical. I can’t say I blame them. But because I had already turned them onto PC based horror games, Harry Potter and LAN parties, they took my word for it. Guess what? They are now a lifetime fan. Hell yeah!
In the end, I don’t think it is trendy to date a geek. I think it is trendy to say you want to date a geek, and then go for the usual popular type who just happens to claim to love The Walking Dead and thinks that reading the Sandman series makes them a comic nerd.
But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t hook up with one. Speaking for the geeks (and one of the female persuasion), I highly recommend it.
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