Geeks vs. Nerds [Infographic]

We cover geek culture on this blog, but perhaps you’re wondering if there’s a difference between being a geek and being a nerd. One infographic attempts to answer the question.

While in the past, “geek” was an insult, being a word that originally referred to circus performers who bit heads off of chickens. But now being a geek is a point of pride for some people. It’s the reason this blog exists.

Geek vs. Nerd infographic
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In general, the main difference between a geek and a nerd is that geeks are somewhat “cooler” than nerds. Under the new definition, a geek is someone who has any kind of concentrated interest, whether it happens to be science, technology, literature, art, comics, or anything else. Nerd seems to be relegated to specific scientific and technical knowledge.  It doesn’t seem surprising that most people seem to prefer being called a “geek” over being called a “nerd.”

If you like this post, you might also want to check out some other infographics we’ve covered. For example, you can follow the evolution of the Bat Suit. If you’re having trouble deciding when it’s appropriate to use your smartphone or not, there’s a flowchart for that, even if the holidays are over. And if you’re a geek or a nerd looking for work related to the Web, here’s another infographic.