Are you feeling an uncontrollable desire to watch reruns of Star Trek? Visiting museums more frequently than normal? Regurgitating the latest factoids you learned last night from the Discovery Channel special feature? Are you worried you might have caught The NERD?
If you think that someone, including yourself, might have caught The NERD but aren’t sure what to look for, we can help. While The NERD infection has a variety of complex and seemingly-unrelated symptoms, there are some that are more common than others. Keep in mind that each individual case manifests in different ways, so you might have all or none of the following symptoms.
Current known symptoms:
- Heightened interest in intellectual and academic pursuits, including but not limited to biology, chemistry, physics, geology, anthropology and even psychology
- Obsessive behaviors including but not limited to collecting, memorizing, reciting and hoarding of intellectual materials
- Inability to understand how others are not fascinated by their particular nerdy fetish
- A lack of fashion sense, or at least a bizarre one. (e.g. this )
- Pronounced interest in emotionally mature and complex materials like advanced physics or computing
- Pronounced interest in emotionally immature materials like comic books and animated television
- Finds puns particularly funny, for no obvious reason
- Abnormal levels of attraction to other infected people, who they consider “smart” and “interesting”
- Prone to creative outlets of their obsessions like shanties or themed haikus
- Embraces the title of “geek,” “nerd,” or “dork” willingly – possibly a little too excitedly
This list is continually updated – if you believe you are infected and have symptoms that are not on this list please let me know so I can add them. This site is about awareness and understanding – the more we know, the more we can understand the afflicted and sympathize to their plight.
The main thing to realize is that, if you or a friend has caught The NERD, you are not alone. There is support for your disease, and a growing network of like-minded individuals who have fallen victim themselves. Please join us!