Geeks v Nerds




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.


Cool Geeks

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.

The Big Bang Theory Yr7

The Big Bang Theory Yr7 Kaley Cuoco, Jim Parsons, Mayim Bialik, Johnny Galecki, Melissa Rauch, Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg

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.



About gpavants

I am a writer and a teacher. I feel my platform is to encourage people to live a life of faith.
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4 Responses to Geeks v Nerds

  1. My understanding:

    Both are into comic books, super heros, sci-fi, fantasy etc. Nerds studied hard and got good grades in school. Geeks not so much.

    Although today the terms are used almost interchangeably.

    • gpavants says:

      Right you are. It’s always fun to look at both sides and see the similarities and difference. They very well could be just two sides of the same coin.

  2. Opener says:

    Guess i’m a nerd then, its official!

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