Everyone Needs a Nerd in Their Life

By Liz Abinante

It's cool to be a nerd. In a world obsessed with gadgets, the internet, and everything else techy, it's no surprise that those who rule the world of technology have been granted access to the cool kids club. Who's that you just elbowed in the VIP room? The founder of Twitter, and look! There's a Facebook developer. It's never been a better time to be a nerd, and everyone should have a little bit of a nerd in their life.

There are a lot of good reasons to have a nerd in your life. For one, they make you feel normal. Even if you're a loner who likes to spend their writing in their journal, eating chocolate, and moaning about the darkness of life, nerds can make you feel normal. It's comforting to know that there is someone stranger than you out there, and that they make it obvious by playing rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock.

We all have tendencies, but nerds have obsessive tendencies. There's nothing more normalizing that a nerd with a cleaning obsession. And - on the plus side, if they think your apartment is too messy, you can probably get them to clean it for you without having to bribe them.

While most people can work the basics of their home technology needs - wiring speakers, setting up wirless networks, etc - some things are beyond the average Jane or Joe's reach. This is where nerds come in. Need to set up a private server so you can access your files from anywhere? Nerds can help. In fact, there are a lot of things nerds know how to do that you probably don't.

They're even helpful when it comes to moving, even if they can't lift the heavy stuff. The couch that looks like it won't fit into the doorway without breaking the wall? Most nerds won't even need a calculator to figure that one out.

When you're feeling blue, they can probably make you laugh without even trying.

And perhaps the best part about nerds: they make some mind blowingly awesome entertainment. Nerd television and film guru Joss Whedon is a prime example of just how great nerd produced entertainment can be: Dollhouse, Firefly, Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog. Even if FOX can't appreciate the greatness and cancels the shows before their time.

Some nerds are normal people, who can carry on a happy conversations without twitching. But let's be honest, a lot of the more extreme nerds fall into the traditional nerd stereotype. And hey, there's nothing wrong with that.

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Thu, 30 Apr 2009 21:36 (GMT+01)
2 Responses

Hate to disagree but geeks are the ones with obsessive tendencies. Nerds are the ones with big mathematical brains.

Good article, Liz. Though whatcha tryin' to say here? :P

Fri, 01-May-2009 02:02 GMT

LOL! This made me laugh my ass off. Especially when I read the article out loud to Josh while he's playing World of Worldcaft! bwahahahhaha!!

Sat, 02-May-2009 20:59 GMT

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