Nerds: Who They Are and Why We Need More of Them
By David Anderregg, PhD., is an excellent read about the sociological demographic of those individuals who are more brainy than brawny, and exemplify social awkwardness when exposed to the opposite sex.
Anderregg uses his book to discuss how the increase in Asperger’s Syndrome (a mild form of autism) is quite possibly due to the normal bell curve of socialization and the difficulty of some parents in accepting that their child is not the social butterfly that they desire. He strongly presents and supports his argument that intelligence = unattractiveness while beauty = attractiveness (he makes several references to the reality show “Beauty and the Geek” which only makes me more thankful that I only watch Law and Order reruns or Animal Planet). He interviews children as young as 6-7 years old who already understand within their own developmental state what is a nerd and who unpopular they are among their classmates. And finally, he does discuss the relationship between fantasy role playing games and the nerd culture, and how technology that used to only be related to nerds is now cultural accepted and necessary, so nerds are needed in order to keep society progressing forward. Today it is considered cool to be a nerd or self-proclaimed geek as these individuals tend to be aware of counterculture movements, dress without regard to standards, and can be smart without criticism.
Let’s face it. We are here. We are blogging about books. If we are not a nerd, we are pretty close to being one.