The term geek not part of dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE ). Anyway, the concept, from the English language, is used in our language to refer to the individual who feels fascination and interest in the computing and for issues related to the technology .
The geek is usually a specialist in these matters. Although there is no precise definition of the concept, its connotations have changed over the years. Long ago, the person who was only interested in computers (computers) and technological devices , and therefore lacked social life: he had no partner, friends, etc. With the progress of history and the increasingly prominent place occupied by the technology In everyday life, the geek became someone valued thanks to his knowledge.
Geeks focus on their hobbies, which are usually technological or, at least, technical. Many times they appeal to their imagination and his ability, creating objects of his own where they show their knowledge on these topics.
The online games , the social networks , smartphones (smartphones ) and the gadgets in general they are part of the life of a geek. Many times they are also attracted to comics (comics) and science fiction: that's why geeks can be linked to geeks .
Those who recognize themselves as geeks celebrate each 25 of May he Geek Pride Day . This holiday, whose date recalls the launch of "Star Wars" in 1977 , born in Spain As the Geek Pride Day and then it expanded by others countries .
This celebration tries to give back a little of the respect that the geeks were denied for so long. As mentioned above, not until many years ago this term was used in a pejorative sense, as a synonym for "loser", of someone who had no skills to relate to others and, therefore, led an unattractive life or undesirable. Needless to say, nobody is obliged to follow a certain path, be it that of social relations or devotion to computer science, since both are valid as long as they do not harm a third party.
Currently the term is also used geek contemptuously, although less and less frequently. The main reason is the massive use of technology: today almost everyone has at least one mobile phone, a device that in the 90s would have seemed an object of a geek.
Often the question arises about the difference between the terms geek and nerd. Specifically, the latter is defined as a person with a intelligence considerable whose tastes and habits are "rare", that is to say that they do not respond to the norm established by society. The geek can also (and usually) be very intelligent, but it is not in this aspect of his personality that he is a geek but in his interests.
The line between geek and nerd begins to dissolve in cases of individuals who feel a deep fascination with sciences of great complexity, such as physics or mathematics, and they dedicate their lives to them: given that in order to surrender to their vocation and obtain significant fruits they need superior intelligence than average, it is as valid to label them as "nerds" as "geeks" . Anyway, in an ideal world we would simply talk about "Nuria, the girl who loves programming and dedicates her entire afternoons to study" or "Juan, the Japanese comic fan who prefers to stay and read rather than take a walk through the park ", without any derogatory sense.