What is geek?

What Does geek Mean

The term geek is not part of the dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy ( RAE ). In any case, the concept, coming from the English language, is used in our language to refer to the individual who feels a fascination and interest in computing and in matters related to technology .

The geek is usually a specialist in these matters. Although there is no precise definition of the concept, its connotations have changed over the years. Long ago, a person who was only interested in computers (computers) and technological devices , and therefore lacked a social life , was named as a geek : he had no partner, friends, etc. With the advancement of history and the increasingly prominent place that technology occupies in everyday life, the geek became someone valued thanks to his knowledge.

Geeks focus on their hobbies, which are often technological or at least technical in nature. Many times they appeal to their imagination and their ability, creating objects of their authorship where they show their knowledge on these topics.
The online games , the social networking , smart phones ( smartphones ) and gadgets in general are part of the life of a geek. Many times they are also attracted to comics (comics) and science fiction: that's why geeks can be linked with geeks .
Geeks who are recognized as celebrated every May 25 the Day Geek Pride . This holiday, whose date commemorates the launch of "Star Wars" in 1977 , was born in Spain as Geek Pride Day and then spread to other countries .
This celebration tries to give you back some of the respect that geeks have been denied for so long. As mentioned above, until not many years ago this term was used in a pejorative sense, as a synonym for "loser", for someone who had no gift for relating to others and who, therefore, led an unattractive life or undesirable. It goes without saying that no one is obliged to follow a certain path, be it that of social relations or that of devotion to computing, since both are valid as long as they do not harm a third party.
Nowadays the term geek is also used in a derogatory way, although less and less frequently. The main reason is the mass use of technology: today almost all of us have at least one mobile phone, a device that in the 90s would have seemed like a geek's own object.

Doubt often arises about the difference between the terms geek and nerd . Specifically, the latter is defined as a person with considerable intelligence whose tastes and habits are "rare", that is, they do not respond to the norm established by society. The geek can also (and usually) be very intelligent, but the fact of being a geek does not lie in this aspect of his personality but in his interests.
The line between geek and nerd begins to dissolve in cases of individuals who feel a deep fascination for highly complex sciences , such as physics or mathematics, and dedicate their lives to them: since to give themselves to their vocation and obtain significant fruits they need an above-average intelligence, it is just as valid to classify them as "nerds" as as "geeks." Anyway, in an ideal world we would simply talk about "Nuria, the girl who loves programming and dedicates her entire afternoons to studying" or about "Juan, the fan of Japanese comics who prefers to stay and read rather than take a walk around the park ', without any derogatory sense.

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