New and Noteworthy

New and Noteworthy

Nerd Love – It’s Hip to Be Smart

Once upon a time smart people were considered outcasts, losers, and generally uncool, but these days the world is brimming with nerd love. Really, it’s not surprising. In an age where the newest technology is the hottest thing on the block, it’s never been cooler to be a nerd.

Keeping up with the newest technology has traditionally been a nerd hobby, but this has now become one of the hottest trends in modern society. Smart people not only follow technology, but they also understand it, which has become an undeniably cool trait. It’s no wonder nerd love is everywhere these days; without the work of these smart people there would be no social media sites, smartphones, apps, Wi-Fi, and even the internet wouldn’t exist.

Nerds Just Wanna Have Fun

In the past, smart people stood out by wearing short pants, pocket protectors, and thick glasses. These nerdy people were quiet, self-conscious, and often embarrassed about their nerdy passions. Today, modern nerds have broken the stereotype of being self-conscious weaklings and have evolved into confident individuals who are comfortable in their own skin.

Fitsmi came up with a list of seven reasons why nerds have more fun, including:

  • Nerds don’t care what you think.
  • Nerds have hobbies and they’re pretty darn good at them.
  • Nerds will try anything at least once.
  • Nerds are smart and they’re not afraid to show it.
  • Nerds don’t mind looking silly if they’re having a good time.
  • Nerds and their friends totally get one another.
  • Nerds are comfortable with who they are.

Smart People on the Small Screen

In the 90s, television portrayed nerds as exceptionally awkward, socially challenged smart people. Characters such as Steve Urkel from Family Matters, Carlton from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and Screech from Saved by the Bell created a dorky, nuisance-like stereotype for the super smart.

These days nerds are often portrayed in a different manner. Although still considered exceptionally intelligent, television shows are now full of nerd love, in which these brainy characters are portrayed as adorable, cool, and sometimes even heroic.

TV Guide created a list of The Best Nerds on TV, which includes characters such as:

  • Chuck, from Chuck, a brainy CIA agent.
  • J.D., from Scrubs, a sensitive resident who just wants to be liked and accepted by his peers.
  • Marshall, from How I Met Your Mother, a loveably nerdy lawyer.
  • Dan, from Gossip Girl, a good-looking bookworm.
  • Stewie, from Family Guy, a big baby with an even bigger vocabulary.

Author: Laura Jerpi

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