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Characteristics of a Nerd, You Might be a Nerd If....

Updated on April 6, 2017

Nerd! This word is often used to describe an individual who is characterized as being intelligent yet is socially inept. As a great commenter on Urban Dictionary said, "Nerd is a four letter word, but has a six figure income." Nerds exist everywhere in society and are usually the ones that enable the world to keep turning. To many people, including myself, being called a nerd is more of compliment than anything else. So what exactly makes a person a "nerd" and how do you know when you are one yourself?

...if you have ever started a sentence with the words "According to my calculations..."

The phrase "according to my calculations..." is often used by scientists and engineers in the movies prior to discussing the intricacies of a problem that they are attempting to solve. One of the main characters in TV's The Big Bang Theory even uses this phrase in just about every episode. In reality though, most people won't find themselves in too many situations where starting a sentence with "According to my calculations..." is necessary. However, for the many intellectually endowed nerds across the globe, this phrase is often something that we cannot wait to say. Being able to support discussions with calculations is something that many of us pride ourselves on. So if you have ever started a sentence with the words "according to my calculations...", then you just might be a nerd!


..if you use math to describe everything

Math is the universal language that knows no boundaries. It is an eloquent medium that can be used to describe just about everything natural and manmade found in our world. In fact, some people believe that math can even be used to predict the future! I suppose that isn't too far fetched as isn't the point of any equation to predict an unknown value based on a known value? For many people, and nerds alike, math just seems to find a way to naturally integrate into their lives. If you have ever found yourself trying to use an equation to determine the required amount of cheese to create a perfectly balanced and tasty sandwich, to determine the temperature increase of your room caused by your computer, or to perform a statistical analysis on your 300+ DVD collection, then you just might be a nerd!

...if you excessively and/or obsessively use spreadsheet programs

Who doesn't like a good set of data meticulously organized into rows and columns? For many nerds, including myself, the use of spreadsheet programs has become an integral part of their daily lives. Spreadsheet programs are one of the most versatile pieces of software that has ever been developed. Nerds use them to organize their comic book collection, manage their budget, keep tabs on a project, solve math problems, and even generate winning lottery numbers. Essentially anything that needs to be tracked or manipulated can be stored and edited in a spreadsheet. I have more than 50 different spreadsheet files on my computer - including one to track and manage my articles. So if you find yourself excessively and/or obsessively using spreadsheets to manage your life, then you just might be a nerd!

...if you have more online friends than you do in real life

With the explosion of online social networks such as Twitter and Facebook, many people have found a great way to connect with their friends and family without ever having to leave their home. But for some people, the online connections that they create can sometimes quickly surpass the relationships that they have in real life. For the socially inept, navigating an online world can be much easier than attempting to meet people in real life. In addition to this, many Nerds thrive on the social connections, and anonymity, that the Internet provides. So if you have more online friends than you do in real life, then you just might be a nerd!

How to Make your Windows Computer Speak:

1. Open up NotePad (Start>Run>Notepad)

2. Type the follow code - You can write any phrase you want between the second quotation marks.

CreateObject("SAPI.SpVoice").Speak"Beam Me Up Scotty"

3. Save the file to your desktop as a VB script. Go to File>Save As and name the file "Speak.vbs"

4. Go to Your desktop and run the file

...if you have a one on one relationship with your computer

Traditionally, nerds have been associated with computers. For many nerds, their relationship with the computer began at a very early age. From their first Blue Screen of Death to their first experience with overclocking, nerds have grown up working with these complex machines. While most people would buy a computer from the store, nerds take pride in building their own custom machines and altering how they function. In addition to this, nerds have been known to talk to their computers and even use operating systems other than the standard ones provide by Apple or Microsoft. So if you have ever fixed a computer for a family member, talked to your CPU, installed your own RAM, or used an operating system other than Windows or MacOS, then you just might be a nerd!

Do you Consider Yourself to be a Nerd?

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      Angelica Smith-Carter 

      2 years ago

      99% I'm a nerd since I always spend time reading textbooks, writing poems, stories and features and I got few friends... 18... How unknown I am.

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      Aayush Chawla 

      3 years ago

      I am nerd and proud of it! Nerds rule the world! You can't live without nerds, or Maths or Physics!

      If you don't agree with me then "The Force is not with you young Netsurfer, and you are not a Jedi either!"

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      Christopher Wanamaker 

      4 years ago from Arizona

      Hello Kim. I agree! Whether we like it or not nerds make the world go 'round!

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      kim rue 

      4 years ago

      i think being a nerd is actually a good thing at least some people appreciate us

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      Eryn Ashley 

      4 years ago

      what are thooooose

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      Christopher Wanamaker 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      Mary615 - I hope you are right about your son. There is nothing wrong with being a nerd!

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      Mary Hyatt 

      7 years ago from Florida

      I think my 17yr. old son is a nerd! He has always been an introvert, but after reading this article, I think he is a nerd, too. That's OK maybe he will make me rich someday!

      I voted this Hub UP, etc

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      7 years ago from North Myrtle Beach, SC

      Oh geez. I might be nerd.......

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      Daphne Shadows 

      8 years ago

      I most definitely NOT a nerd.

      Me + Math = *blood curdling scream*

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      Kim Lam 

      8 years ago from California

      Hmm...according to this article I am not a nerd. Perhaps I will look into the definition of dork and weirdo, since I've been called both. Interesting read!

    • CWanamaker profile imageAUTHOR

      Christopher Wanamaker 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      Courtney L J - I guess that makes me a nerd, haha!

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      Courtney L J 

      8 years ago

      hahahah, you might be a nerd if you... know how to make your computer speak!

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      Jeannie Marie 

      8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      As it turns out, I guess I am not a nerd. I suppose I am a dork instead. :-) Thanks for sharing this fun hub! Voted up!

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      CJ Baker 

      8 years ago from Parts Unknown

      Great hub! I really got a kick out of it.


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