In my quest to find my identity (via Internet) I realized I am one of two things. Deep inside all I come down to is: A Geek or a Nerd. Which one am I? I have only suceeded in further skewing my perception of myself. I am lost in the realm identitilessness.
Here are my findings:
So am I really just a DORK?
The word NERD was first used by Dr. Suess. "A nerkle a nerd and a seersucker too!"
Geek means sideshow or carnival preformer.
Some people say:
Jargon versus obscure referencing: Nerds are unabashed about using jargon or unfamiliar terminology in their dialogue, whereas geeks will use obscure references abundantly.
Details versus big picture: Geeks often take interest in the microcosmic details of life, such as noticing that your present situation is much like one from a news article or novel. Nerds will be seemingly uninterested in the details of daily life, being more focused on the macroscopic, such as scientific possibilities and the future of humankind.
Nerds may be more willing than geeks to show off hobbies and possessions that flaunt their intellect, whereas geeks may take pride in more obscure and unique subjects.
If the person fails to respond in a socially comfortable manner (i.e., they make you nervous, or vice versa), you may be talking to a nerd. If they respond in a comfortable manner but appear a little "dorky", such as speaking and/or acting silly, you might be talking to a geek. Also, nerds may speak in layman's terms for your benefit because you may not understand the basic concepts of their area of interest. Geeks may speak in detail about their interests, possibly forgetting that the target audience may not have the same level of knowledge in that field as themselves.
Jokes: Geeks usually get them; nerds either don't or can't be bothered trying
Example nerd interests:
Physics(such as quantum mechanics or astronomy), chemistry, biology, engineering, advanced math, and robotics
Chess, and other strategy games
Reading scientific journals
Calculating integrals when drinking to show intoxication levels
Explaining the difference between causality and correlation
Example geek interests:
Specialized forms of activities, such as LARPing
Niche activities, such as board games or replica prop construction
Science fiction Novels and comic books
Buying expensive specialized equipment like $200 headphones