Geek is the New Chic

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It seems that the coolest kids on the block are Geeks (see definition below):  Pete Cashmere (Mashable), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Kevin Rose (Digg), Bill Gates, Biz Stone (Twitter), and Felicia Day.   On wefollow.com we see that the geeks are accumulating more Twitter followers than the jocks:

top twitter users

1) Social Media = 85 million followers 2) Tech = 57 million followers 3) Sports = 33 million followers.

Also according to wefollow.com, here are the top five geek influencers:A few years ago, bearing the title of geek would have been a stigma.  Now, the geek title is a badge of honor.

Being a college senior in the educational mecca of Boston I see this firsthand on a daily basis, it is obvious who the ‘cool’ kids are on campus.  Cool is no longer relegated to the jocks, it’s the students using their iPads and Androids walking with a purpose and who are not afraid to be different.  In order to be outstanding, you need to stand out.

Twitter CEO in June indicated they receive over 65 million tweets a day [TechCrunch] and the Library of Congress archives all public tweets since April 14th, 2010. If this upward trend continues perhaps the geeks shall inherit the earth.

Even a definition on urbandictionary.com indicates being a geek is now hip:

The term now enjoys a special status within the technical community, particularly among particularly knowledgeable computer programmers. To identify oneself as a “geek” indicates a recognition that most people still consider programming computers to be a bizarre act, along with a certain fierce satisfaction in being very good at their inglorious profession.

That most software geeks now easily earn twice as much as the average laborer just sweetens their defiant embrace of the term.

Note: Unlike the word “nerd,” which is always pejorative, “geek” often carries a positive connotation when used by one of the group. The use of the term by outsiders is considered insulting.

“If you really need the right answer, check with Bob; he’s our resident alpha geek.”

The next time that one of your friends, or enemies calls you a geek, smile and say, ‘thank you, I’ve really worked hard to get here!’

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Written by Cidney Carver

Cidney is a contributing columnist to Socialnomics helping to give a Generation Y and Z perspective on digital trends.

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6 responses to “Geek is the New Chic

  1. That’s awesome! This reminds me of this video I saw at YouTube – something like a parody of Alicia Key’s ‘Empire State of Mind’ where this dude is singing about ‘New Dork.’ Come to think of it, today’s geeks reshape the way the world thinks and interact as one big online family. Yes, I can just smile when someone tells me that I’m a geek. So, where’s the big party?

    • Hey Garious! That video was also posted on Mashable, and it is awesome! There are so many more like it! Also, this month’s cover of Rolling Stone says that the geeks have taken over the TV shows along with ‘Kick-Ass Babes and Vampires.’ its a great time to be a Geek, and not sure where the party is?

  2. Geeks always seem to lead the most interesting lives and make the most notable accomplishments. I think everybody on some level is a geek. It’s something worth celebrating!

  3. Yay, finally! Geeks is the new chic!!!
    I’ve just been told by two people who I recently connected with on Facebook from my school days that I was a geek then already! I had no idea. I was trying very hard in those days not to be a geek but clearly that did not work out too well. But I’m a proud geek today and loving it.

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