Who’s the Geek?

What is a Geek? History defines a geek as a person who is nothing but foolish; so foolish that the identity created is socially differentiable. The word “Geek” originated from “Gecken” used in Austria-Hungary in the 18th century. “Gecken” was used to refer to circus performers displaying bizarre acts like biting the head off a live chicken (EEEK!!!)

Time is the biggest healer of wounds, and perhaps also labels. Geeks too have evolved over time. The modern era defines a Geek as a person obsessed with technology or sub cultures (thanks to the thinkers of the 1950s). Geeks can no longer be contained under one flag. Like civilizations and cultures, Geeks have flourished over time and now you can fins various types of Geeks. Let’s see if you can associate any of the people around you to the following Geek categories:

The Academic Geeks

Don’t you just hate that book worm sitting in the front row of your classroom? Who does the guy think he is? Always paying attention to the teacher, memorizing all the lessons and to add insult to injury, scoring a much higher G.P.A than you! Steer clear of this Geek or he might imprint you, savvy?

The Computer Geeks

These guys probably deserve glasses more than your 90 year old granny. Glued to their monitors, they have nothing better to do but roam in cyber space rather than the real world. Now these types of Geeks further evolved into internet Geeks.

The Computer Geeks

These guys probably deserve glasses more than your 90 year old granny. Glued to their monitors, they have nothing better to do but roam in cyber space rather than the real world. Now these types of Geeks further evolved into internet Geeks.

The Internet Geeks

These poor souls will probably never know the names of their neighbors, but will be-friend a person sitting half the world away. Oh the horror! Get a life man! Don’t spend the whole of your life surfing just on the internet. Try the real sport for a change.

The Tech Geeks

Moving on; these Geeks made the scene in 2004, with a fetish for anything and everything that Apple has to offer. Nope, not the one that got Adam and Eve kicked out of heaven, the one invented by the late Mr. Steve Jobs. Job well done?

The Star Wars Geeks

Here we go! Who on God’s green earth would be obsessed with Star Wars? Apparently, a lot of people. Just mention Sky Walker, Princess Leah or The Darth Vader and watch em bounce.

There are still many categories of geeks to be explained, but if I spend another minute trying to do it, I fear I might be counted as one too. So take a look at the following infographics and enter the world of Geeks.

The Evolution of Geek Infographic

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