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Geek vs Nerd

Updated on October 2, 2014

About the Geeks vs Nerds Debate

What is the difference between a geek and a nerd and how would you define the two? We attempt to answer these crucial questions in the geek vs nerd discussion below (which you are welcome to join).

Both words have interesting origins and while they have been used as insults in the past, they seem to be losing the negative connotations nowadays. In fact, a lot of people proudly call themselves nerds or geeks, usually implying that they're smart, intelligent and knowledgeable in one field or another. I view this as a positive change since I think it says a lot of things about our society and culture when a word for a smart person has a derogatory meaning, or when kids get bullied in schools for getting good grades.

Feel free to jump right into the discussion below, or scroll down to the geek and nerd definitions and other information to read up on the subject first.

Geek vs Nerd Discussion

How would you define the two terms? Are geeks or nerds cooler?

Geeks - here's what I think!

Geeks - here's what I think!

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    • Cindy Fahnestock-Schafer 3 years ago from Hedgesville, WV

      I am not sure but I'm probably one of them. PROUD GEEKETTE HERE

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      After a series of quizzes,graphs,iq tests and WoW rated battlegrounds i have seen that i am somewhere beetween nerds and geeks (a little more on the nerdy side if we take my 128 page book on the punic wars and criticisms of Hannibal's march across the Pyrenees which was of course a foolish move). PS: i am in the advanced group in every class (except gym since i am obese) and i am 12 years old. I also get A-s 97,50% of the time (with the occasional B+-es). I also have OCD. And last but not least: my ilvl in WoW is 502!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm in advanced math at my school- that class is filled with geeks like me. We always read science books after a test and wear Christmas sweaters reading Ho Cubed- we enjoy it and we're proud of it. As we declare every day- Geeks are smart nerds!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      They are not the same. I get good grades and everything but u don't see me addicted to Star Trek and stuff lik that. Some of my friends i know r gecks and they are into that and im way smarter then them. I hav lik Ap classes while they get lik cp and lower.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      No... nerds are pretty much smart ppl. Geeks can be smart or not, but they just have to lik to do geeky things lik Star Wars.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Geek, nerd, nosebleed etc were 50's terms that meant the same thing. Bookish, introverted kids who were smart but socially inept. Currently geek tends to refer to tecnophiles who are into iAnything, gamers and others and are social. Nerds are still intorverts with esoteric interests that often can't be shared.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Both are almost the same in a lot of ways but Nerds are more academic in nature. Both have a lot of passion towards what they both like. Geeks can be nerds at the same time (and vice versa) but that's not always the case.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Computer and dweeby. Trekkies and people who spend their lives on the computer

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I think a geek is smart and outgoing and a nerd is smart and shy.

    • Kim 4 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      This is my definition or classification however you want to take it for the 2.

      a Geek is someone highly into a certain subject. There's Movie Geeks, Comic book Geeks, the cult tv geeks. I will openly admit I am definitely a movie geek. I keep up with what's comeing out about a year ahead of time. (see my Movie Mania lens!) So much so I not only watch netflix & those on tv but also go to the theater & even watch the really bad stuff even if I know its going to be.)

      To me a 'Nerd' is the stereotypical big glasses w/(maybe) the pen holder in their pocket or at least a couple) That is highly intelligent (think straight As!) Maybe even skipped a grade or 2 or just has the best GPA

      I have no problem with either, but being a geek I think is more fun!

    • glutenallergy 4 years ago

      I'm definitely a geek, and I'm proudly raising my girls to also be geeks. To me, geeks and nerds are both smart and into things that are not necessarily mainstream, but they differ in how society accepts them. Geeks are brainy and popular, while nerds are brainy outcasts.

    • geekkid lm 4 years ago

      Geeks are better

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      to me nerds are those smart students who just care about STUDYing all day and they don't do nothing else

      Geeks are smart too but they have a normall social life :D

      I hope I ma right

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Nerds talk about the different purposes computers serve

      Geeks make it possible for the computers to serve the purposes

    • jaredtheleo 4 years ago

      To me geeks are the people who are really enjoy and into certain genres such as sci-fi, medieval, comic books, video games, anime, etc.

      Nerds are the ones who like technology as a whole, focusing more on the hardware than software. If a nerd plays WoW, it isn't to have fun, it is to have the most ULTIMATE character in the game, thus, Nerd Rage.

      Jaredtheleo = Geek

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      It's because Geek's always takes an arrow to da knee!!!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I get b or c grade in exams.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      geeks rule they are the smartest, most intelligent beings on this planet. they are cool and are so much smarter than nerds. Boo nerds, they are failures of society the only thing they have going for them is their intelligence, nothing else. Geeks on the other hand, have good looks, intelligence, and are awesome socially. Geeks dominate the planet!

    • iPadGeek 5 years ago

      Geek Geek Geek!!! All the way!! I'm not a below-normal IQ guy ;) and no, I'm not socially inept. So Geek it is!

    • rsbalinasjr 5 years ago

      Geeks are full of creativity! They are big thinkers. Though they are shy a bit but bubbles on and on with his interests and make them happen.

      Got nothing to do? Be a geek!

    • MaartjeJepsen 5 years ago

      Geeks are the best!

    • MinRu 5 years ago

      I think it is both ways! A geek can be a nerd and a nerd can be a geek!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Okay, I actually know it now. Nerd are very clever, geeks are very passionate about their hobbies, and dorks are people that care about the difference!

      That said, I'm still a geek.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      sorry an add on. Geeks love everything and value everything even things they hate has its place. I believe I am a geek and my Girlfriend asked me why tomatoes are fruits but everyone says they are vegetables and I went in depth to study. Nerds would do that example as well but they wouldn't learn to build a chair for the sake of being able to build a chair were a geek would. A nerd would be able to tell you what every book in the world says but may not be able to apply it, or tell a doctor the technical procedure to follow in a heart transplant but they may not be able to do it. A geek would be able to as well but a geek would want to learn how to do it. Nerds want to know things geeks want to know and do things. Not to be offensive but to me nerds are those irritating people that study really hard before a test and get an A plus but forget it all tomorrow cause now they don't need it. A geek is (arguably the more irritating person) the kid who slacks off listens to the teacher asks questions and hasn't study a day in his life but still gets a B at least.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I think nerds are the book huggers that learn not for knowledge but to further their career. Were geeks learn things just to learn things. Geeks will tear apart a computer and rebuild it and then tear it apart and try to turn it into a robot. A geek will learn Latin just for the sake of knowledge. Geeks also are not going to specialize they tend to be the Jack-of-all-trades. I believe nerds tend to only learn things because it gets them good grades, good money or furthers their career. Nerds want accomplishment, geeks want intelligence.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Geeks just seem to have more FUN in the world, and actually putting their knowledge to use, while nerds learn facts and bits of information simply for the satisfaction of knowing a fact or bit of information. I don't mean to splound like a douche, but to me it's obvious: Geeks > Nerds

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Geeks are more intellectually, socially, and physically advanced than nerds. Nerds are interested in software only while GEEKS know Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering and Computer Hardware stuff. I don't think I've ever heard of a "NERD SQUAD"... --GEEK SQUAD MEMBER

    • Quessity LM 5 years ago

      "When I was young" I tried to hide from both labels. At fifty, I'm proud to wear either one with respect! :)

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      nerd = geek + more intelligence

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      geeks are just really smart and they still have friends. A nerd a really smart kid who is also addicted to video games and role playing games.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Geeks are nerds with friends. We are proud and often label ourselves as geeks. We are sometimes friends with nerds, but we are happy to be geeks :)

    • hunksparrow 6 years ago

      Geeks can actually be cool with tech, video game knowledge. Nerds are the ones no one wants to be associated with.

    • JeremiahStanghini 6 years ago

      Geeky... Like the guys from Big Bang! :-)

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      a geek is a nerd that is social. a nerd is the stereotypical pocket protector wearing individual you see, but a geek wears fashionable clothes and is a lot more social and "popular".

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      As a geek theres a big difference between us first geeks are most likely not book smart (but that's cause were lasy) but we ok grades. Geeks most like play lot of video games, listen to lots of music and possibly watch anime.Geeks mostly wear jeans converse and graphic tee with a gamer hoodie. On the other hand nerds are very much book smart.Nerds rather spend their time reading and studying then going outside.Unlike geeks nerds play a lot video games and more card games like yu-gi-oh and magic.Nerds in modern days same regluar clothes.

    • kat292 6 years ago

      Both terms apply to me and I'm not really bothered by these two terms.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Nerds and geeks are the ones who got beat up in high school and who the bosses of those whom beat them up after college.I don't think you can be a geek without being a nerd and vise versa.

    • maxultra 6 years ago

      nerd u get beat up and your not smart

      geek u geat beat up but your really smart

      so i pick geek

    • javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      We should all make sure that young girls interested in technology receive encouragement. They should not feel bad by being geeky or nerdy. As I have described in a lens, there are few women in technology so more girls need to get involved. Tormenting girls with negative Geek or nerd comments is bullying, and can push them away from the rewarding technology field. Please help them to accept and improve their interest in technology.

    • smartrich22 6 years ago

      Geek is better :D

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      A geek is a smart person with a moderate amount of popularity, while a nerd is one who thinks himself smart, but in truth is not.

    • Gera LM 6 years ago

      Geek > Nerd

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Geek- Really weird and unpopular

      Nerd- somewhat weird, popularity can differ, they might just hide weirdness, but smart

    • compgeek123 6 years ago

      A geek is someone like Matt Smith. It's a personality type rather than an intellectual type, like a Nerd. Of course, it is possible to be both (big bang theory).

    • Othercatt 6 years ago

      I've always thought of a nerd as someone with his glasses taped together, wearing high-waters and having a cowlick!

    • Asinka Fields 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      myself is a geek :)

    • Peter Murray 6 years ago from Izmir, Turkey

      You can get .geek.nz domain names in New Zealand.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Many people have called me a geek or a nerd. I love studying just for the sake of learning. I always read or watch something bec. I am thinking if it will be asked in Jeopardy or by any other person. I think about the bigger things in life, and take pity in shallow people. Then again, I have lots of friends (they all consider me as their friend, too. haha). I am a people person, and I love being with others. I am also not into computer or technology stuff, but I could sit all day and watch NGC or Discovery channel.

      What am I?

      *For the question, I know they don't mean the same thing, but I have always considered geeks as the positive connotation for nerds.

    • irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

      I am an old woman and was called a geek a weak ago. Because I am into internet, webdesigna dn squidoo. Is it a compliment or ....?

    • AWildDog 6 years ago

      Eh... I just prefer the word Geek it (ironically) sounds cooler!

    Nerds - here's what I think!

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      • Anonymous (Duh) 2 years ago

        Basically, nerds are, like, smart people, interested in technology but they can be interested in other things as well!, and geeks, geeks are well, kinda like fan-boy/girls of something (for example Star Trek) but are overly obsessed with it, and memorise everything, so basically, Geeks have heaps of knowledge in a fiction world, while Nerds have heaps of knowledge in a non-fictional world (real life) so yeah. my opinion.

      • anonymous 2 years ago

        I stereotype geeks as being those kids with suspenders, shorts, white clunky shoes and long white socks, braces, and thick glasses. Nerds are stereotypically less geeky, and nerd here means smarter. Since I'm a nerd, I take a bit of offense when someone calls me a geek. I believe there's an obvious difference.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I always thought that nerds were people more socially inept, shy or timid, with interests not many people share. By that definition, that would be a lot of people. In that case - geeks would be nerds who are obssessed with one of those "interests" and would be very intelligent too.

        Nerds still are (or aren't) interested in socializing but have problems doing that for various reason. Geeks don't care anymore, they have friends who are just as passionate about a certain thing.

        This is what used to be my definition.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I likey deh sciency

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I am proud to be a nerd because i like hardware, not software.

        I like science, little bit of math, and i like studying computer books,

        writing chemistry diagrams and computer mainboard designs for my PC

        are my hobbies,

        (Remember, I do like both PCs and Macs.) I like gadgets, (Which is expensive AND AWESOME ) and i like reading chapter books.

      • chft55 lm 4 years ago

        Tries really really hard in school and loves learning on their own about math/science/about old civilizations. Spends most of their time focusing on school, and stinks at sports.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I think nerds are more interested in intellectual stuff, especially math and science. I think that geeks are people who are really into computer programming and gaming.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I don't think that one is better than the other, but I chose the nerd side because I'm definitely more of a nerd than I am a geek. Geeks and nerd are both beautifully unique in their own ways, and I think we all should embrace that. But I'm definitely a nerd. Yup.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I'm in limbo, but favour the nerd side slightly (sorry for the addon, still TIK).

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        You know what? At school, there was a guy who said I was a nerd (and everyone agrees he's incredibly lame :S) Well, first of all, everyone in the vicinity turned and almost bawled their heads off at him! Second, I calmly looked him in the face and said these words, "Nerd and proud!" According to me, geeks are people who are smart and have no life, but nerds are smart people with lives. And my five hundred or so friends agree with me! I don't think any geek posted anything in this discussion as it's so lively to read, but don't be misled into thinking geeks are cooler than nerds and both classes of intelligence are lame! It's actually nerds who are cooler and I don't think true geeks exist in the world (although I know a number of 4 foot 5 high school bullies who would disagree with me!!!)

      • limited279 5 years ago

        Geks like star trek and nerds like star wars....just kidding but i'm sure both would like my lense https://hubpages.com/entertainment/back-to-the-fut...

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I hate myself, I tried to be nerd but it doesn't work.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Nerds are way better! Geeks imply just a social ineptitude while nerds, on the hand, are much more intelligent. Nerds can memorize and become experts on a particular subject whether it is quantum physics, world dictators, or pokémon evolutions. Nerds then share this specified information with the world usually via the internet (YouTube, Tumblr, etc). Geeks only have the ability to hide in a basement and play video games. It's a sad life for geeks.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Anyone can be a geek, they just have to be a fan or participate in a traditionally geeky genre/subculture. Nerd, however, may be geeks as well but the nerd distinction comes from actually studying something. Basically, there's plenty of "geek girls" who are vapid Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans, but can't do basic math.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Geek is freak

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        People enbrace nerds not geeks,for peet sake nerds have their own candy

        no geek can say that.

      • AngelDey 5 years ago

        Well since the original meaning of geek is a carnival freak who ate bugs and performed other disgusting tricks, I'll got with nerd any day. Yeah, I'm a nerd for knowing that.

      • GracelessBlake 5 years ago

        nerds! they are smart and socially awesome!

        geeks are weird smart and socially akward

      • TryNerdy 5 years ago

        Nerds!!! Nerds have genuine passion...the same isn't necessarily true of geeks :)

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Geeks love the gimmicks and tricks, they are technies. Nerds dive into theories, they are scientists.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Geeks are people who obsess in one subject, for example, star trek. Nerds are advanced thinkers who advance in every subject.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Nerds are more smarter, but Geeks are the same as Losers s their just lamos!

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Normally nerds are the smart ones and geeks are technilogics. Both of them have friends, if you don't have friends you're a loser or loner. Geek and nerd pretty much mean the same thing. (Where I've been (which is all over the country, geeks are considered friendless and those who are nerds are the smart ones who have other interests.)

      • JLeyba 6 years ago

        There is signifigant overlap between geeks and nerds. Most nerds are also geeks, and most geeks are also nerds, but the two are not totally inclusive. Theres's such a thing as a nerd who isn't a geek, and a geek who isn't a nerd, but they're both rare. The former being rarer than the latter.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        I´ve just read this match and I guess, I´m a nerd. Should I shame?

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        I consider myself more of a nerd than a geek. But, I'm also a geek in certain respects. I'm both, but more of a nerd.

        To me, a nerd is someone who is more intellectual and less fantastical. Nerds prefer interesting ideas about science, math or physics.

        Geeks prefer gadgets and video games.

        When nerds read the book is going to teach them something.

        When geeks read the book is going to invoke their imagination.

        When a nerd plays a game, it's going to take strategy and thinking.

        When a geek plays a game it's going to take imagination.

        When a nerd meets someone new he is wondering if this person is interested in scientific pursuits.

        When a geek meets someone new he is wondering if this person likes video games and hanging out.

        When a person hears nerd they think of people who are uncool because we nerds care less about that persons social view of us than we do about advancing mankind and improving our logic and mental skills.

        When a person hears geek they think someone like a nerd, only cool, because geeks are smart (but not as intellectual as a nerd) and care more about having fun, socializing and the new technology the nerds made yesterday than we do about actually helping to make that technology for others.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Nerds study hard and get good grades, even if they are not necessarily smart. They come home not to relax but to study.

        Geeks on the other hand are simply people who like video games and computers, and come home to a gaming marathon.

        Geeks can be nerds, and nerds can be geeks, and one could be one without being the other. They aren't rivals

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        World of Warcraft owns n00bs. Nerds own n00bs. Geeks own n00bs. HAPPY?

        PS: nerds are a candy.

      • deified 6 years ago

        nerds have a candy named after them. thats pretty much all i used for the basis of my decision making. i love candy. :)

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Nerds are more intelligent and socially adept than geeks. One can be "geeky" about the most trivial of things, from Star Wars to WoW. Geeks waste away their time and energy debating about which star wars trilogy was better and get into heated discussions over the most trivial of details regarding some obscure pop culture reference (a sci-fi tv show, novels etc).

        Nerds do not have time to pursue such trivialities and will concentrate on more important matters like uncovering the structure of the universe (broadly speaking of course).

        Geeks embrace social media and have taken up wasting time on line as a full time occupation, this is their only discernible ability as far as manipulating technology goes. In the meantime your friendly neighborhood nerd would be running his simulation of the evolution of the coma cluster on his PC

        In short geeks are time wasters and nerds are the engines of civilization.

        nerds > geeks

      • sheilamarie78 6 years ago

        I don't like either word all that much, but "nerd" seems to be a putdown of smart people. Is this just jealousy?

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        well i like fashion and im quite popular, does that not make me not a nerd/geek ??? i have no idea ! but i still obsess over my sci-fi addiction and obsess over harry potter,i also am the girl with the highest grade in class and the extremeley-boring student council who could not live without organized checklists.i don't know what i am ,a nerd with geek habits (hp) or a geek who is smart ? :)

      • BrickHouseFabrics 6 years ago

        Define better! Nerds don't fit in, are buried in what interests them; geeks swagger more.

      • LouisaDembul 6 years ago

        The definitions seem to have been evolving a bit since I was in school....Nerds seem to work in silence, providing something for the geeks to play with?!:)

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        nerds are better

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        a geek is someone who's only interest is in knowlwdge and bettering themselves.

        a nerd enjoys knowledge but also has odd quirks like comic book collections or star wars bed sheets.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        geeks might have a life (or some semblance of it).. nerds don't

      • ArdenBaird LM 6 years ago

        I use the two interchangeably. I've really never thought about the difference.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Go nerds!

      • catherinelovestv 6 years ago

        My husband calls me a Nerd all the time (despite the fact he is always glued to his xbox live, very nerdy in its own merit!) So will go with the Nerds!

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        The definition of Nerd is Jody.

      • Alfiesgirl LM 6 years ago

        geeks or nerds huh...i can't say that i know any geeks nor any nerds...I avoid them like the plague just in case they're infectious. But having to choose one to join your debate I'd say that nerds are more intelligent than the geeks and know about things which matter whilst geeks know everything about everything that actually means nothing to me...geeks have a better look to them but i shall have to go with the nerds if I had to be stuck on a long coach journey sitting next to one ...nerds...that's my final answer lol x

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        I agree that nerds are more about acamedic stuff like mathematics, physics, engineering or programming. Nerds are highly intelligent - they invent stuff.

        Geeks on the other hand are obsessed with newest tech, but they are users not creators.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Nerds are highly intelligent and follow their mind. Geeks can be nerds, but focus on technology.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Nerds are some of the smartest people ever! they will be successful in life like me. so go nerds! BOO geeks!!!

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Geeks are often stupid, nerds are smart

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        Geeks are more into technology. I think this is because they have trouble communicating with other people, but there are also quite a few socially adequate geeks.

        Nerds are more scholarly, but again: their extensive circle of nerd friends makes them remarkably popular.

        Nerds and geeks are cool because they're smart and have a lot of fellow nerd/geek friends. Personally, I'm a bigger fan of nerds. Academic knowledge seems more useful to me. But I am currently a nerd and a geek-in-training, so it's possible to be both.

      • Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

        nerds do it all, geeks only play with the gadgets.

      • kab 7 years ago from Upstate, NY

        Nerds created it, but geeks use the hell out of it.

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        It's the nerds who know how to program C++, how to use Linux command line or how to solve complex mathematics problems. You know, the IMPORTANT stuff. All a geek might know is the full dialogue of Star Wars or Lord of the Rings or whatever that he memorized by watching that movie over a hundred times. That's just sad...

      People with hobbies like gaming or watching sci-fi are frequently called geeks.
      People with hobbies like gaming or watching sci-fi are frequently called geeks. | Source

      Geek Definition

      Geeks are often seen as people interested in newest tech and gadgets, computers, movies, anime, sci-fi & fantasy, roleplaying, gaming, and similar hobbies - as opposed to nerds, who are more into academical subjects like maths and physics. On the other hand, geeks are also often thought of as having better social skills than nerds and knowing more stuff that can be applied in real life rather than some obscure knowledge - in other words, geeks are cooler than nerds.

      Others still take an opposite view and think of geeks as "losers" who dress up like Stormtroopers or have a huge collection of superhero figures. There are many different opinions since it's just slang - that's why we have the discussion on this page.

      Wikipedia defines geek as "a peculiar or otherwise odd person, especially one who is perceived to be overly obsessed with one or more things including those of intellectuality, electronics, and so on". Go to Wiktionary to see more geek definitions.

      People good at academic subjects are often called nerds.
      People good at academic subjects are often called nerds. | Source

      Nerd Definition

      According to a popular opinion, nerds are usually somewhat socially inept people with above-average IQ who are interested in one field of knowledge, sometimes to the point of obsession. Students who get good grades in school for subjects like mathematics or physics are often called nerds - but so are trivia buffs who know a lot of information considered "useless" by their peers.

      A nerd might pay a lot of attention to small details thought unimportant by others and experiment with things purely out of academic interest without gaining any benefit. He or she would more often be seen playing chess or solving sudoku rather than reading webcomics or attending fantasy conventions. Some view nerds as people who are more knowledgeable than geeks and are simply fanatical about their subject while having little regard for anything else (including socializing with others).

      Wikipedia says that a nerd is "a person who passionately pursues intellectual activities, esoteric knowledge, or other obscure interests rather than engaging in more social or popular activities". See more nerd definitions on Wiktionary.

      The nerd stereotype is prevalent in cartoons and movies.
      The nerd stereotype is prevalent in cartoons and movies. | Source

      Differences Between Geeks and Nerds

      So having said all that, what are the actual differences between nerds and geeks (if there are any in the first place)?

      • Are geeks the "techies" (fans of new technology, gadgets and computers) while nerds are the academic people (doing mathematics, physics & hard science)?
      • Is it true that geeks know how to apply their knowledge in real life while nerds simply know a lot of cool, but "useless" facts?
      • Are geeks more self-oriented whereas nerds are interest-oriented?
      • Are geeks less obsessed about their subject than nerds? Do they have a broad knowledge of several subjects while nerds have a deep and specific knowledge of their own field only?
      • Is it true that geeks are more adept in social situations than nerds, or perhaps it is the other way round?
      • Maybe the terms "geek" and "nerd" have already become synonyms?

      There can be many opinions on the subject, as it usually is with slang or jargon. The words can have different meanings depending on the location and the social circle you are in. So please stay nice when expressing your opinions in the discussions and the comments here, because others might have completely opposite views than you do!

      At any rate, I think no one will object that both geeks and nerds are these weird creatures who would stay up most of the night tweaking and tinkering with something just to see how it works - simply out of curiosity or for their amusement and without having any kind of benefit from it besides knowledge. I also think one has to be a geek or a nerd to actually make a page discussing these two words.

      Geeks vs Nerds Links

      Visit these for more information on this fascinating topic:

      • Slackpropagation offers an interesting and detailed analysis of the two terms using data gathered from Twitter. It has charts, too!
      • Geek Test from innergeek is the original quiz to see how geeky you are.
      • Nerd Quiz gives you your nerd score and a nice badge, too.
      • Geek Code lets you encode information about yourself.
      • WikiHow teaches how to tell the difference between nerds and geeks.
      • xkcd has a comic strip on the geeks vs nerds issue.

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          Robert Levine 2 years ago from Brookline, Massachusetts

          Don't forget that "geek" originally meant someone with a bizarre appearance, as in a "circus geek" in a freak show. Bob Dylan uses this meaning in the song "Ballad of a Thin Man" (1965): "You hand in your ticket, and you go watch the geek ..." I don't know how it shifted to its contemporary meaning.

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          Cindy Fahnestock-Schafer 3 years ago from Hedgesville, WV

          funny, what about geekettes? Hello!

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          chft55 lm 4 years ago

          Great topic choice! I like how you used the debate module.

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          Kim 4 years ago from Yonkers, NY

          Love the lens. I'm inclding it on my next update (in a few days to a week) on my Favorite lenses lens & trying to figure out another one of mine to add it to. (just not sure what it would work with)

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          EpicFarms 4 years ago

          What a fun lens; it appears I am a nerd (based largely upon the tremendous amount of "useless trivia" contained between my ears ;o)

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          Bonfire Designs 4 years ago

          I'm a geek about nerds LOL, cool lens.

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          Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

          Ha ha ha. I like jaredtheleo's explanation! Then maybe I an both geek and nerd!

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          Shinkarom 4 years ago

          Good lens. I'd like to recommend to add here George Takei's definition for geek, nerd and dork. It is called "George Takei's Geek Hierarchy"

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          jaredtheleo 4 years ago

          Geeks are like design people while nerds are the programmers.

          Geeks are more likely to be president while nerds are the counsel.

          Geeks are the ones who came up with the idea for Viagra, nerds made it happen.

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          Fcuk Hub 5 years ago

          Sometimes I think that geeks will rule the world :)

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          iPadGeek 5 years ago

          Super lens! Geek it is ;)

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          And I think both geeks and nerds are losers and im proud of saying that HA !

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          homerepellent 5 years ago

          I'm a nerd and I'm proud of it.

          Cheers,

          Homerepellent

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          MinRu 5 years ago

          I think everyone one of us is related, whether it is a geek or a nerd. And it is the special talent in us that connect between all of us with the others. Nevertheless, geek and nerd are part of the society. What are we without them?

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Having come to read this page and actually read through it in such detail, I think we are a whole genuine bunch of geeky nerds (or nerdy geeks) =D

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          AngelDey 5 years ago

          Yeah after reading this, I still say nerd is better. ;)

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          Kasandra 5 years ago

          I wish more people knew the difference between geek in nerd! I think I'm more on the geeky side. (:

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          @anonymous: Agreed, the 'normal' guys really need to find some serious purposes in life. I'm a nerd and I'm proud of it.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I think, It´s better to be one of them then a ,,normal´´ student, who only drinks and sports and has fun and later has a boring job and a little money, isn´t it?

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I think I am a combination of the two- a neek? Or a gerd? Being that I have a naturally higher IQ than most people, and the fact that I can socialize pretty well, means I have the best probability of achieving the greatest possible lifestyle possible :D

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          deified 6 years ago

          oh, this lens has me rolling!!!! great idea! i couldn't relate very well tho, being a DORK myself....;) thanks for the lens.

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          dulitha 6 years ago

          This Debate is great! I definitely like to be a geek!

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          jennikitten lm 6 years ago

          Fab idea for a lens and very well written.

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          sheilamarie78 6 years ago

          I like the fact that these names are no longer used to merely ridicule someone. No one should be ridiculed for being who they are.

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          BrickHouseFabrics 6 years ago

          I don't think people get called nerd as much today as they did in the '60's. But one certainly hears of geeks!

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          LouisaDembul 6 years ago

          It seems to me that a lot of us people on Squidoo have a touch of "geekiness" or "nerdiness" !! And being proud of it as well!!

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          glowchick 6 years ago

          Very interesting... I did not know there was such a contrast.

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          javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

          Let's remove the stigma from both words. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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          Kiwisoutback 6 years ago from Massachusetts

          Geek seems a little less socially acceptable as a word, whereas you could have some cool "nerds." If geek means techy and nerd means someone who wastes time playing video games and reading comic books, I was a definite nerd!

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Geek or Nerd?

          Me? I'm a "GEE-ERD" or short 'Gerd'

          I've been assimilated into the 21st way of life.

          Think about it,

          we are all participating on a website called, "SQUIDOO"

          Pretty "Geeky-Nerdy" to me! aka 'GERD'

          LOL, BG

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          Othercatt 6 years ago

          My husband always calls me a geek but by your definition, I'm a nerd. I'll make sure to correct him next time! Great lens!

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          ArdenBaird LM 6 years ago

          By these definitions I am a nerd.

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          irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

          I am neither- Just a modern Grama =)

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          AWildDog 6 years ago

          By those definitions... I'm both and I'm cool with that. I'm proud of that.

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          Guided Abundance 6 years ago from Mobile, AL

          I'm either neither or both! ----wow spoken like a true Libra. The scales haunt me.

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          thesuccess2 6 years ago

          Now you've set me off am I geek or nerd!!

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          garethjax lm 6 years ago

          Well, i'm geek for sure, i'm an SEO!

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          cool lens,liked it!

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          Mrmakingusmile LM 6 years ago

          I'm definitely a geek. Techonology and management of tech people keeps my geekiness at a high level. I manage 22 geeks. Whoo Hoo!

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          sartist 6 years ago

          @anonymous: symptoms are 'geekish' only.

          'most important thing ...balance' that's interesting. may be u r a 'normalish' geek, then!

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          Nan 6 years ago from London, UK

          My son calls me a geek, but I know I'm really a nerd.

          Added to "Another 100 lenses for my 200th Lens"

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Hmm what am I then? I am a femal programmer coding the games engine of my company. For me friends, party, sports, .... is as important as being able to discuss mathematical/code problems and learning more and more about AI, procedural Characteranimation and stuff like that.

          Am I a Geerd then?

          For me the most important thing is to keep the balance: what's a life whithout brains and what's it without soul ;)

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          AmericanDreamer1 7 years ago

          I can't believe that you forgot Dorks!...I mean really, how could you? They form something of a trinity of the people in school who get beaten up by the bullies. The three are always grouped together, because they are part of the same structure of humiliation and shame, though in reality they are some of the best people around.

          In case you were wondering, Dorks are the socially inept guys who wear braces and have acne, and aren't as smart as Nerds. The lucky ones are increadibly funny and therefore can be more liked by their peers, but those who don't have that gift are doomed to endless mockery (though sometimes don't mind because even negative attention is attention). These are the guys who show up on a scooter during a motorcycle convention and think that they are cool (and really to be cool is all that they want).

          That is really the definition of a Dork, someone who is totally socially inept, who wants to be cool and accepted by their peers. The guy who can never get a date but still thinks he's a ladies man.

          That being said, awesome lens. Your comarison of Geeks and Nerds is really spot on. I remember watching a show one time where one of the characters is a teacher talking to the football star, noting that he had done some terrible thing to some other kid. The star said "Sorry teach but, that guy is a Geek!" She replies, "Oh, he works hard, applies himself, gets good grades, that makes him Geek?" And the guy says, "Uh, no that makes him a Nerd."

          Really excellent lens...though you should have added Dork...

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          Kiosks4business 7 years ago

          This is a brilliant lens - Great Fun! But you wouldn't want to be called a geek or a nerd really would you, even if you were one.

          http://www.squidoo.com/Rack-Mount-LCD-Monitor

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          carny 7 years ago

          @anonymous: Very interesting :)

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          anonymous 7 years ago

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          lasertek lm 7 years ago

          I enjoyed this debate so much. Good to know that I had the correct definition of geeks and nerds. Most people I know consider the two as similar but I have always thought otherwise. 5*

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          Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

          Really fun debate. Blessed by a Squidoo Angel (you can add your link at Angel Blessings from Pukeko)

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          Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

          Loved your parting line. Geek or nerd has great potential, you've done a great job of writing it up, I've blessed it and you just need to get the geeks and the nerds here with their boxing gloves on. Good luck and may the best one win.

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