The Anatomy of Nerds & Geeks [INFOGRAPHIC]

jedi   The Anatomy of Nerds & Geeks [INFOGRAPHIC]If you are a regular reader of MakeUseOf, and you like computers & technology, then there’s a good chance you fall into one of two camps – the Nerd or the Geek.  Both have their own interests and identifying marks, but on the other hand, there is also a lot that they have in common.  The question is, which camp do you fall into?

According to our infographic today, there are certain tell-tale signs to watch out for if you are trying to decide whether someone is a nerd or a geek. Nerds seem to go in for Star Trek in a big way and speak Klingon and have a science-fiction fetish in general.  Geeks on the other hand are of the Star Wars variety with their lightsabers and wondering who their daddy is.  But the infographic below also seems to imply something else – that geeks and nerds fall into different social classes.  Nerds drinking “energy drinks from the gas station” and geeks drinking barista coffee.  Do you agree or is this just plain silly?

I think I must be a little bit of both.  I am a huge fan of both Star Trek and Star Wars, I have my lightsaber and my sci-fi toys, I am often high on Red Bull, and I have been known to mutter the odd word of Klingon here and there…..‘Iv ‘oH lIj vav!

So where do you fall? Are you a nerd or a geek? And is the comparison made by the infographic accurate? Let us know in the comments below. And now, if you’ll excuse me, I am off for my caramel latte with semi-skimmed milk.

the anatomy of nerds geeks   The Anatomy of Nerds & Geeks [INFOGRAPHIC]

Infographic source: Visual.ly

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33 Comments -

Yang Yang Li

I’d have to say this is a very good infographic, breaking down the differences between the two accurately.

Enlapanlima

So according to this infographic, basically geeks are hipsters?

Henree Arriola de Garcia

lol

ha14

Time Changes Fashion goes by….hair style,

Douglas Mutay

Lol!

Christian Cawley

There should really be an intersection bisecting both portions, with Doctor Who fans occupying the middle ground.

Otherwise it is meaningless ;)

Jen

Venn diagram!

Matt

looks like the person who created this hates nerds and wants to make geeks seem cool. Geeks are now hipsters and true geeks relegated to nerd status. looks like i’m a nerd then just not cool enough to be a Geek

psk

I thought exactly the same

Brack St. Clair

I’m definitely a geek.

Alae Hatoum

I think that Nerds are more about science , They program , they are very good at maths , physics and such … Geeks love those subjects but aren’t very involved in it , they might love astophysics but they don’t know a lot about it .
I love hearing people like Neile de Graisse Tyson , Carl Sagan , Richard Feynman talking … I love all the tech news and software news but I don’t know a lot about them . Regarding the passion for sci-fi , comic books , video games and generally most stuff that detach you from the real life. Geeks and nerds share the same passion .

Lisa Santika Onggrid

I’m leaning more to geeks, but not heavily. For instance, I’m not too much into Star Wars.

Paradise

I’m not geek cos I don’t own a iMac :D

Steve

Looks like I am either a Neek or a Gerd.

Sandy Coulter

I think your criteria is flawed. To me a geek is someone who studies the technologies he/she loves in depth. It is not enough to work it, the geek needs to know how it works. The geek prefers to share their geekdom with others in a social setting. The geek makes a good student and teacher. He/she is versatile.

The nerd on the other hand is self absorbed, single minded, and lacks social skills. He/she may also have an IQ in the genius range, but without social skills, it is of little use except in very specific applications.

Of course, my criteria may also be flawed since I’d rather be known as a geek than a nerd. ;-)

Chandra

I totally agree with you! See my comment on this, with similar opinion.

Matt

It’s a trick question, because if you are either a geek or a nerd in the true sense, you don’t care.

Jorge Perez

looks like I’m a geek!

Irshaad Abdool

euuuu
i think am geek ..
ya accrding to the infographic am a geek lol but am neither a fan of star wars nor star trek :P

Alex Perkins

I would consider myself a geek, Only difference is I don’t drink “Energy Drinks” just regular coke, fanta etc.. and that I don’t use Macs.

Eric Miller

Neither and both. Correlation does not imply causation.

Jeff

Awesome. I am a nerd. I think.

Chandra

a good comparison is that nerds are like that scientist who makes super cars for the James Bond; and the geeks are like Bond themselves; they know how to use technology; they take the technology to the people; make it popular; and if some feature is poor, ofcourse geeks fall back on nerds to make better technology. ;-Phope this helps..!

Blank

I consider myself as a geek just based on the major things like Star Trek vs Star Wars, and i prefer Star Wars, even if I never read the books they made to give backstories or anything.

Anonymous

So if I’m a Doctor Who fan, which camp do I fall into?

Mary

I guess I’m one of three things.
1) A NEEK
2) A GERD
3) A brand new specie

Chaos Emperor

Which is better actually?Nerd or geek?

Yudono R.A.

haha, eventough i like tech… i think i’m not geeky/nerdy enough to be called like that (just your average joe)

Terafall

They’re different yet similar

Fakhruddin Ahmad

Glad I don’t belong to both category..
I’m an otaku. Ha ha..(???)/

Shakirah Faleh Lai

Star Wars?

Jack Kinsey

I fall in the middle.

Griffin

…. why does the geek have a Mac?