I was recently asked what the difference is between a Geek and a Nerd? Are they unique or is this just splitting hairs on the same Wookie?
After a discussion with some fellow Nerdians and Geekologists I put down what I had gleamed from the debate.
Nerds are organized and book read. They are a sponge for soaking information, hard facts, and obscure factoids. Many nerds are into details and can have depth in their area of expertise. These brainiacs see the parts in a machine as separate entities that are worth pondering over again and again. Are nerds more intervertive and apt to connect with their heroes in a more personal connection. Want a quick reference to facts and figures in fantasy, fiction, formilae, or fan boy? Then a Nerd is the one you might call upon.
Geeks lean more towards the application of information. Geeks might well be those who generate new ideas that they formulate in their active brains. They tend to be less organized, but they see the broader aspects and the connections. They might see how many parts of a machine work in harmony. I wonder if most of the folks who dress up at Comic-con are extrovertive Geeks? If that is so then they have a need to live out their heroes on stage, bringing them to life. Need to see how knowledge is put into play on a grander scale? You might want to think Geek.
Am I on the right track with these definitions? I would love to hear your thoughts and whether each term has more to them then we have touched on.