NERDS AND BRACES

10:28 Elijah Ogidi-Olu 0 Comments


Hello everyone, hope you're good?
Lets quickly dissect, dismember and disintegrate the topic up there... Lol! (Just trying to be vocab nerd lord!)

So who is a NERD?

Nerd (adjective: nerdy) is a descriptive term, often used pejoratively, indicating that a person is overly intellectual, obsessive, or socially impaired. They may spend inordinate amounts of time on unpopular, obscure, or non-mainstream activities, which are generally either highly technical or relating to topics of fiction or fantasy, to the exclusion of more mainstream activities.
Additionally, many nerds are described as being shy, quirky, and unattractive, and may have difficulty participating in, or even following, sports. Though originally derogatory, "Nerd" is a stereotypical term, but as with other pejoratives, it has been reclaimed and redefined by some as a term of pride and group identity.

Personality and physical appearance

Stereotypical nerds are commonly seen as intelligent but socially and physically awkward. They would typically be perceived as either lacking confidence or being indifferent or oblivious to the negative perceptions held of them by others, with the result that they become frequent objects of scorn, ridicule, bullying, and social isolation. However, many nerds may eventually find a group of similar people to associate with.

Because of the nerd stereotype, many smart people are often thought of as nerdy. This belief can be harmful, as it can cause high school students to "switch off their lights" out of fear of being branded as one of them, and cause otherwise appealing people to be nerdy simply for their intellect. It was once thought that intellectuals were nerdy because they were envied. However, Paul Graham stated in his essay, "Why Nerds are Unpopular", that intellect is neutral, meaning that you are neither loved or despised for it. He also states that it is only the correlation that makes smart teens automatically seem nerdy, and that a nerd is someone that is not socially adept enough. Additionally, he says that the reason why many smart kids are unpopular is that they "don't have time for the activities required for popularity.”

Stereotypical "nerd" appearance includes very large glasses, braces, severe acne and pants highly lifted up. In the media, many nerds are white males, portrayed as being physically unfit, either overweight or very thin. It has been suggested by some, that being a nerd may be a state of being "hyperwhite" and rejecting African-American culture and slang that "cool" white children use. However, after a few deeper observations, nerds have been seen in all races and colors as well as more recently being a frequent young Asian or Indian male stereotype.

Portrayal of "nerd girls", in films such as She's Out of Control, Welcome to the Dollhouse and She's All That depicts that smart but nerdy women might suffer later in life if they do not focus on improving their physical attractiveness.

A 2010 study indicated that Asian Americans are perceived as most likely to be nerds, followed by White Americans, while non-White Hispanics and Black Americans were perceived as least likely to be nerds.
This stereotype may be socially damaging due to exclusion. Among Whites, Jews are perceived as the nerdiest and are stereotyped in similar ways to Asians.


Thanks to wiki, that’s all I can put here on Nerds. Well, I’ve sometimes been shot the ‘N’ word myself but in all the scenarios, I’ve had to laugh about it cos I know I might be close, but I’m not a nerd… probably with some measures, not even close. (Recent one is some peeps saying I use my data plan to watch CNN. Whatever that’s means- Speak of Nerds and braces.)

The point I'll finally drive home is: If you need a very intelligent partner, you might want to overlook physical appearance… and if you want a very attractive spouse, you might want to overlook spectacular intelligence.

Mother Nature and her very many ways of laughing at us though.

Well, less I forget. If you need both intelligence and physical appearance check me out in ‘The Team’ page. Lol! *Covers face*

If you’ve ever been Nerd branded or bullied, you could also share your experience.

Thanks everyone. See you guys later.


Mature Minds Talk.

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