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Does ‘geek’ need redefinition?

June 23, 2011 - Technology

Random House Dictionary:
geek [geek] -noun Slang.  1.) A computer expert or enthusiast.

Collins English Dictionary:
geek (gi:k) -noun. 1.) A person who is preoccupied with or very knowledgeable about computing.

While there are lots of secondary definitions (“a carnival performer who performs sensationally morbid or disgusting acts, as biting off the head of a live chicken”…. seriously?), the term ‘geek’ is most usually associated with computer geeks specifically.

But for the Millennial generation, who isn’t a geek by this definition?

computer kid

Millennials have grown up using computers.  Computers could be considered as much of an appendage as glasses or earrings.  In fact, many Millennials tend to prefer electronic communications to face-to-face or phone communication anymore.

So does geek = Millennial now?  What happened to the status that ‘geek’ used to bring?

1990’s geeks Generation Y
Created personal homepages Create Facebook pages
Chatted with their friends online Chat with their friends online
Thought big computers were cool Thinks little computers are cool
Played video games Plays Wii Fit

So I declare: Proud computer geeks, unite!  No longer can we simply be a “computer enthusiast” or someone “preoccupied with computing.”  It’s time to step it up!  Never shall we roll over and allow the status of our title to diminish.  This is the moment to raise the bar and continue to be 1337!

Generation Y Generation Y geeks
Create Facebook pages Write HTML, CSS, and PHP with Notepad
Chat with their friends online Laugh into their PS3 headset as they pwn n00bs
Thinks little computers are cool Think home built servers are cool
Plays Wii Fit Organize Call of Duty LAN parties


ITMillennial Dictionary:
geek [geek] -noun. 1.) A writer of code, architect of computers, and pwner of n00bs.   The geeks shall inherit the Earth.

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