If you are more Howard or Sheldon from "The Big Bang Theory" than Will Smith or Steven Tyler, know all the lines to the original "Star Wars" movies, are more enamored with Ferengi than Ferraris and think of the programming language before a cuppa when you hear "java," then go on and let your geek flag fly. It's Geek Pride Day.
And, it seems, it's now a bit chic to be a geek.
"The past year has seen a lot of very public coverage of high-profile, extremely successful 'rock star' technology executives –- it would seem the high public profile of these tech 'celebrities' has really boosted public perception of geeks in the US," said Jack Cullen, president of IT staffing and recruiting agency Modis, in a statement. "Geeks have essentially taken their place in the mainstream. And rightly so!"
As it turns out, geeks are the Dr. Phils of tech for many of us and thought to be smarter and more successful, according to a survey by Modis. Of those surveyed, 54% found them "extremely intelligent" -- and that wasn't just self-proclaimed geeks.
Their love of new and current tech doesn't mean they don't like a little old school too. When given a list to choose what they couldn't live without, a whopping 71% chose good old pen and paper over PCs, smartphones and MP3 players.