The three main components are Intelligence, Obsession, and Social Ineptitude. If the cool kids are still reading I will explain these components a bit more.
Nerds, Geeks, and Dweebs possess intelligence. One usually thinks those that possess intelligence are know-it-alls with superior mental powers, but that really isn’t the whole story. A really intelligent person realizes how much they don’t know. Intelligent people acquire and apply knowledge using thought and reason. You don’t have to be Einstein or Sheldon Cooper to be intelligent – you just have to think though and apply reason and knowledge to problems.
Obsession is where the cool kids are lacking. Geeks, Nerds, and Dorks are ones that are obsessed. Do you see the cool kids at a Star Trek convention? Obsession can be cute, but it can also scare people or just make them think you are weird. People tend to look down on people that read romance novel. I once read a historical romance writer saying her job isn’t easy, because if she mentions a gadget that hadn’t been invented, a wrong piece of clothing that wasn’t trendy or used in that period – her readers will let her know. Any more we expect obsession in occupations. How many of us have to specialize? Very rarely do we see a doctor any more – we go to the pediatrician, the ob-gyn, the proctologist, the dermatologist, and so forth. I’m sure the internet has helped out with obsession too because you can find groups online that share your obsession – dogs, cars, tracking currency, games, television shows, and even fan fiction.
Finally, social ineptitude is what distinguishes the Nerds, Dorks, and Dweebs from the Geeks. The Geeks can handle most situations involving people, and will probably even actually like people. Being an extrovert and I have a hard time understanding introverts. They hate social situations – they would rather have the safety of a computer to visit with people. They can be very outgoing online, but face to face is a different story. I have a friend with a very introverted wife and she feels like people are going to hurt her. It has taken her about six years to warm up to me because I’m reckless at times.
I hope you enjoyed discovering if you are a Dork, Dweeb, Geek, or Nerd. Please share what you are with us. Whatever you are just go out and have a good time being you!
-Disaster Chick, Weekly Correspondent