The debate over geeks vs. nerds as been going on for a long time. before we dip our feet in the topic we must get definitions for both words so that we better understand what the two words mean. The definition of geek as defined by the dictionary is a person often of an intellectual bent who is disliked. It can also be defined as an enthusiast or expert especially in a technological field or activity computer geek. The Definition of a nerd as defined by the dictionary is an unstylish, unattractive, or socially inept person. I personally dont agree with the defintion of a nerd. I feel it is out of date and should be updated.
First of all, I feel that both words could be used interchangeably but for this explanation I will say they are used as such. I consider myself a geek not a nerd and here is why. When I think of a nerd I see people who wear glasses with tape in the middle and suspenders and high cut jeans. I know that is a stereotype, and it probably is wrong but it is just how I picture a nerd.I think my idea of a nerd stems from the t.v. show “family matters” and a character named steve urkel.
A question that I wonder about is Are all nerds smart?
Generally nerds are considered extra intelligent to the extent that they sacrifice social skills and physical activity in pursuit of mental development. However, some people use the word nerd as shorthand to indicate anyone who can solve problems, or is socially inept, or likes sci-fi or fantasy, or is simply skinny. Keep in mind that being intelligent doesn’t always mean you have a special affinity for numbers. I’m pretty nerdy/geeky, but need to use a calculator or paper and pencil for doing math.
The above link does a great job at defining the difference between a geek and a nerd.