For what seems like last few years, people have started using “geek” more, especially online. I’ve seen a handful of blogs even titled with the word “geek” in it.
Personally, I just find the word “geek” negative and offensive. Not only is it a stereotype/derogatory for people who are super computer literate, I don’t think “geek” necessarily means “smart” and comes with more negative associations than positive ones.
As long as I can remember, I never really considered myself a “geek” of any type until others started mentioning the word “geek” online. I started using the word geek just to fit with this “fake” world, who weren’t real geeks anyways, just wanted a “term” for the real smart people. (Yes, I am stopping the use of the word Geek as of this moment.)
Hence the point of this post, I don’t think we should use the word “geek” to substitute computer-literacy. Geek brings out an image in my mind of a physically weak person with glasses that is good with computers. I think that is wrong as I am physically strong person that is good with computers and perhaps even better at other things like snowboarding, golf, and sports too. Geek simply doesn’t cut it because it’s demeaning for people who are like me with other life/sports skills.
I remember the last time my server company’s manager said to me, “We are geeks, we understand geeks like you, I’ve read your website.” and that was the last time I talked to him.
(After that, I moved all my web servers elsewhere where I don’t have to be stereotyped as a geek but rather be treated as a normal customer/businessman.)
That might seem like going far but there was more to it, the guy was really treating me like I didn’t know business, just computers. Sometimes, it’s best to treat people equally, without regard to what they are really good at if you know what I mean.
Perhaps that is the reason I even named our laptop blog LaptopPimp, not LaptopGeek.
You know, in life, you need to associate yourself with more positive words so you subconsciously better yourself in the long run.
Overall, geek is simply the wrong association for true computer/gadget people out there.
Let’s all stop using word “geek” for our sakes. Even if you are a geek, it’s probably not going to get you any chics if you called yourself a “geek”. Instead, let’s start making new terms like “tech pimp” or “tech genius”, something along those lines.
Yes, I rather be a tech pimp than a tech geek. As of today, I will be a tech pimp, the big daddy who knows the ins and outs of tech. LMAO.
P.S. Screw the English language, it’s time to start making our own words.