Saturday, September 30, 2006

Why Nerds Are Unpopular

In this 2003 essay, Paul Graham has a theory about why nerds are unpopular:

The main reason nerds are unpopular is that they have other things to think about. Their attention is drawn to books or the natural world, not fashions and parties. They're like someone trying to play soccer while balancing a glass of water on his head. Other players who can focus their whole attention on the game beat them effortlessly, and wonder why they seem so incapable.

Even if nerds cared as much as other kids about popularity, being popular would be more work for them. The popular kids learned to be popular, and to want to be popular, the same way the nerds learned to be smart, and to want to be smart: from their parents. While the nerds were being trained to get the right answers, the popular kids were being trained to please.


Anonymous said...

i think this whole atricle/essay is stupid. so what if nerds dont care about being popular, they got their name because they dont care so much about being popular. they know that in 20 years the popular kids are going to be either shot in a gan fitgh or if theyre lucky . living in a low-rent apartment smoking weed with their buds.

Anonymous said...

u must be a nerd yourself. the whole essay thingamajig just sounds more defensive than objective.