Geekery and nerdery are on the rise in popular culture. It’s difficult to believe that the same things people were bullied for in high school now put them at the head of the cool kids class. Not only is it considered cool to be into things like video games, comic books and fiction books, it’s lucrative too. Gone is the stereotype that nerds never get laid; the nerds have inherited the earth. Read why nerds are so cool! If you aren’t convinced, here are a few bullet points that will lead you down the path of nerdy understanding.
Confidence Is Everything
Nerds are used to being outcasts. We’re used to not being interested in things like football or the latest romantic comedies; we have nothing to talk about at the water cooler unless we happen to notice one of our coworkers holding a mug from ThinkGeek. The interesting part of this phenomenon is that it gives us a hidden super power: confidence. We don’t care that we stand out. We enjoy what we enjoy and don’t need the validation of other people to enjoy them. It brings with it a kind of immunity to the sharp desire to conform, to fit in with what everyone else is doing to become more visibly acceptable. And anyone will tell you that confidence is the number one trait that sexual partners find attractive. Someone who knows what they are and knows what they want who isn’t afraid to go after it is more likely to actually get it than any other demographic.
Being a nerd these days is a lucrative business. We work at Google, we design space ships, we work on multi-million dollar movie franchises, and as a general rule we stand a decent chance of making a good buck. Now, that’s not to say you should walk away with hundred dollar bills stapled to your shirt (but feel free to do it and let us know how that worked out for you), but when you’re making money you can afford to spruce up your dates a little. Take your partner on a nice date, spring for a good bottle of wine. It’s not about showing off that you have money; anyone can have money. It’s about being thoughtful in how you spend it on your partner. Lots of expensive gifts and trips aren’t necessary, but upgrading that bouquet to the deluxe version instead of the basic is both thoughtful and a little flashy without going overboard.
A Good Sense of Humor Is Crucial
Second to confidence, another one of the traits universally listed as being attractive is a good sense of humor. Why humor is so sexy! Nerds excel at humor. It’s crucial to our very being. For some it was a survival trait after years of bullying, being able to joke and take some of the heat and sting off. For others it’s about being able to poke a bit of fun at ourselves and our obvious nerdy tendencies. Self-awareness, humor and confidence combined can make a powerful aphrodisiac. The jokes may not always resound with every audience, but that goes for any type of humor. People love a partner who can make them laugh, show them a good time and be lighthearted when that’s what they need the most. Life is stressful enough without your potential partner adding to the burden, so the ability to lighten the mood is definitely a quality that increases the odds that you’ll get lucky.
Nerd Culture is Catching
In case you hadn’t noticed, nerd culture has been catching on. Read what Simon Pegg things about the nerd culture. Plaid print shirts, bow ties, thick plastic rimmed glasses and suspenders are being modeled in popular fashion magazines, easily purchased in trendy clothing stores. Video games are mainstream now, San Diego Comic Con is one of the most difficult events to get into in the country and is packed full of popular movie stars and television personalities. Comic book knowledge is common knowledge and many have been turned into blockbuster films. It’s hot to look and act like a nerd now, so don’t be afraid to hide it. Be yourself, dress like yourself, love the things you already love. Embrace the fact that you are now cool and don’t let it hold you back from going for the gold.