VIA METRO – The word geek is now a compliment rather than a term of abuse, a new survey suggests.
While the term was once used to describe a person with unfashionable interests or way of dressing, it seems the rise of technology entrepreneurs and social media pioneers has changed that.
The survey found 46 per cent of those asked would prefer to have Stephen Fry, famous for his love of language and gadgets, around for dinner rather than Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Natalie Portman or Tom Cruise, who combined only made 30 per cent of the votes for the choice of dinner party guest.
The survey, carried out by ad agency Inferno, shows that Doctor Who and Sherlock are on our list of favourite TV shows, beating Jonathon Ross, Celebrity Juice and 24hrs in A&E.
Cerebral pastimes reading, current affairs, exhibitions and watching documentaries each proved to be more popular than pursuits of the body beautiful, fashion and working out, combined.
Ian Brookes, of the Collins dictionary, told The Times a geek as a ‘boring and unattractive social misfit’ had been replaced with a ‘less derogatory’ definition.
A geek is now ‘a person who is preoccupied with or very knowledgeable about computing’, he said.
He added the dictionary’s editors were tracking geek as they are ‘increasingly encountering the word in contexts other than computing and with increasingly positive connotations’.
The Inferno survey also found 44 per cent of respondents were into computer games, comics and sci-fi, four times as many compared to reality TV.
When asked ‘what do you find more attractive in the opposite sex?’, passion for a hobby and intelligence each scored four times higher than model looks, dress sense and gym body combined.
The survey listed six different definitions of the word geek for people to choose from and ‘a boring and unattractive person’ came in last.
In fact twice as many people thought geeks were cool and chic than boring and unattractive.
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