Nerd Venn Diagram: Geek, Dork or Dweeb?
Nerd, Geek and Dork Defined by Diagram This is why I love the internet. It is just a treasure trove of some of the most complex questions, to be found on our universe today…Such as this…Life long curiosity answered!
This is a great ice breaker at any party. I don’t know how explanatory it is nor how accurate, but just explaining these terms with a Venn diagram is in itself geeky or nerdy or something. But it is an excellent attempt to chart the topology of the three traits. What a kick. I feel inspired now to draw a diagram to explain the relationship between real life, virtual reality, dream states, and how they all overlap with obfuscation or memory loss.
The Venn diagram above helps the not so tech-slang savvy navigate the difference between the confusing terms “geek,” “nerd,” “dork,” and “dweeb.” Apparently “geek” is at the intersection of “intelligence” and “obsession” — hey, I’ll take it! Obviously, I don’t think that “geek” is an unflattering term or characteristic. After all — geek is chic, right? or is it the new sexy? Does the word “dweeb” make anyone else think of ’90s-era sitcoms? or the guys that call you a dweeb are from the 50s?
I personally consider “geek” to be the highest compliment anyone can receive. And there’s a lot of overlap between nerds and geeks. I think geeks tend to be more obsessive about certain things, whereas nerds just love learning about everything they can, whether it’s a hobby of theirs or not. “Dweeb” is the only one that’s really always negative. “Dork” can just mean silly in a fun way. Like you call yourself a dork when you mean you don’t take yourself too seriously. But no one calls themselves a dweeb. Clearly, no one would self-identify as a “dweeb”. In order to correct for this gross miscalculation, you must flip the placement of dweeb and nerd.
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Nerd = constant computer gamer, consumed with tech or even another field, with no people skills, personal hygiene is sometimes questionable, someone with substantial book smarts but very little “street smarts”, most people think they are annoying etc..
Geek = awesome with computers, so into tech that they may be antisocial or have decent people skills, people know they are good with computers and ask for their help, don’t try to make themselves sound smarter than they really are.
Dweeb = Dork = makes a lot of errors, acts stupid for no reason or to just get attention, no hope for them socially
That’s just from my perspective.
“Hold on there, buster!”, cries another voice from the interwebs. According to OkCupid’s Nerd, Geek, or Dork Test, these three terms are defined this way:
A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.
A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.
A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.
In average society, NO ONE wants to be ANY of these. You’re either cursed to be one, or cursed to look upon them.