It's all geek to me

A Geek I am not. At least, I'm not supposed to be a Geek.

But last night I took Newsweek's How Geeky Are You? test (via Dr. Helen Smith), and I find the results deeply disturbing.

According to the test, here's how I scored:

61 to 102: Seriously Nerdy
And here's how the rest of the world compares to me:
  • 0 to 29: Stuck in the Last Century - 57%
  • 30 to 60: Heading to Geekdom -- 38%
  • 61 and up: Seriously Nerdy -- 5%
  • Seriously nerdy? Moi? And in the top 5% of nerddom?

    Impossible and unfair! But when I clicked on my score below and "hit 'submit' to compare yourself to others" it compared me to the 26589 responses they've received so far.

    I had thought my Geekdom (or lack thereof) was well settled, because nearly three years ago I took this Geek test and reported the results, which didn't show I was all that geeky or all that nerdy, but rather well balanced!

    Here; I'll report the results again, for all the world to see.

    You are 24% geek
    OK, so maybe you ain't a geek. You do, at least, show a bit of interest in the world around you. Either that, or you have enough of a sense of humor to pick some of the sillier answers on the test. Regardless, you're probably a pretty nifty, well-rounded person who gets along fine with people and can chat with just about anyone without fear of looking stupid or foolish or overly concerned with minutiae. God, I hate you.

    Take the Polygeek Quiz at

    (Link courtesy of Common Sense and Wonder.)

    At the time, I said the word "Geek" was bothersome:

    I don't like the word "Geek" -- as it is often confused with "Greek." This causes all kinds of confusion, especially with the young and impressionable...
    But forget the definitions! I want to know how I became such a Geek, such a Nerd, whatever it is, in just three years!

    I hope blogging doesn't do this to people.

    posted by Eric on 03.31.06 at 06:51 PM


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    » Tests, cont'd from Silicon Valley Redneck
    That other Eric, over at Classical Values, followed the same link I did yesterday, got a much higher geek score than my mere 42; alarmed at this, he referred back to the Polygeek Quiz, which had shown him to be a non-geek just three years ago. So, I ju... [Read More]
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    23... I'm stuck in the last century... I blame my dog.

    Harkonnendog   ·  March 31, 2006 7:23 PM

    that quiz was *not* written by anyone who knew anything about geeks.

    cellphone photos?

    wtf? That's not geeky, that's tech for teens.

    A *geek* would have removed the IR filter from the cellphone's camera lens, duct taped the thing to his dobsonian and used the phone to email *astrophotos* to his friends.

    Mike Heinz   ·  March 31, 2006 9:03 PM

    "wtf? That's not geeky, that's tech for teens."

    I stopped in the middle of the test for that very reason.

    Mick   ·  April 1, 2006 1:56 PM

    22 - not surprising since I have lived all but 6 of my 57 yrs. in the last century; even though I was a computer programmer for 26 yrs, I wrote mostly in COBOL. Arnold gave me 19% geek. The party questions were hard to answer since I've been to very few in the last 10 yrs. due to health and other circumstances. When I was at Duke('66-'70) I was considered a nerd. Where I eventually graduated (Lenoir-Rhyne '73) I was by and large admired, both for intellect and for being open about my sexuality - though the latter also stirred just a bit of animosity. The working years ('73 - '00) I was considered odd but mostly harmless, and usually liked by most of my co-workers and supervisors. I wonder if these tests would correlate negatively strongly with adult age? Too bad they didn't ask.

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