Do nerds still exist?

Decades ago, there was a typical ‘nerd’ stereotype. Nerds appeared in movies, on television, in books.

They generally

  • dressed in an old-fashioned way (bow ties, high-waisted slacks)
  • wore glasses
  • liked Star Trek, Star Wars and board games
  • liked computers
  • liked comics
  • were usually skinny
  • were academically gifted
  • hated sports
  • were socially inept

Nowadays the nerd’s formerly niche hobbies and interests are all mainstream.  Everyone uses computers all the time and no one bats an eyelid at someone with high-waist ankle-length trousers or a bow-tie. Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Steve Jobs are all billionaires.

Is there such a thing as a nerd anymore? Or are we all nerds?

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

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