Geeks More Secure About Their Superman Pajamas, Star Wars Memorabilia

By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2013-05-23

We’ve come a long way (speaking as a self-confessed nerd) since the days of pocket protectors, taped glasses and high-waist pants. Thanks in part to the growing mainstream influence of science fiction, comic books and superheros, as well as hit television sitcoms like "The Big Bang Theory," geeks have never had it so good. In celebration of Geek Pride Day on May 18, IT recruitment firm Modis conducted a survey focused on the American geek and found that public perception of geeks continues to improve. The study showed that 58 percent of Americans define geeks as extremely intelligent—a 13 percentage point increase since Modis’ Geek Pride Survey in 2011. Geeks are also growing more confident in expressing the objects of their nerdy affection, with nearly two-thirds of the 1,011 respondents saying that if they were trying to impress someone, they would take pride in their toys like action figures, while 90 percent said they would be proud of their books and comic books, and 65 percent would be proud of their superhero or cartoon character clothing. Geeks are increasingly perceived as highly intelligent and employable. Here are some highlights of the Modis study.


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