I always get teased by my partner over this. I enjoy watching superhero movies and aspire to be one (doesn’t everyone?).
When I become hyped up after watching a superhero movie, she smiles and says:
“You’re such a nerd!”
I don’t take it to heart – I was a bit of a geek in high school (though apparently geeks and nerds aren’t the same funnily enough).
Geek definition according to the Cambridge Dictionary: ‘someone who is intelligent but not fashionable or popular.… Or someone who is very interested in a particular subject and knows a lot about it.’
Nerd definition according to the Cambridge Dictionary: ‘a person, especially a man, who is not attractive and is awkward or socially embarrassing…. Or a person who is extremely interested in one subject, especially computers, and knows a lot of facts about it’
I think I’d much prefer to be called a geek than a nerd if that’s what they mean!
I digress however. Superhero movies are very much popular in today’s day and age. They fill people with hope, enjoyment and inspiration. My kids love superheroes just as much as I do. It seems to affect a large age range, generation after generation.
I never used to read comic books as a child – I never had the luxury of a comic book shop locally as opposed to countries like the United States where comic book culture is very vast. Instead I had a lot of superhero action figures I used to play with. This included Wolverine (and a few other X-Men with the X-Jet too!), Hercules, Power Rangers, Masked Rider, Knight Rider, Superman, Batman, Street Sharks, Biker Mice From Mars, and many more.
I really enjoyed playing with them, using my imagination and crossing over superhero universes for the ultimate battles. In my opinion I believe this is a great way to grow up – using your imagination, learning new things, and solving problems. I’d rather that than playing a game watching a screen – this could certainly affect a child’s eyesight in the future (I don’t have anything against playing video games or portable games devices. Just pointing out a possible problem).
When you’re a child growing up I’ve also found it’s important to go outside, get some fresh air and to play sports. This encourages development and growth. I had that as a child, but not so much when I was a young teen.
When I was a teenager I spent a lot of my time searching the web learning new things. There’s nothing wrong with that, however I should have also spent a great deal of my time outdoors too. Does this make me a nerd/geek?
One could simply answer “Yes, yes it does” without understanding the whole picture. Yes I may have spent a lot of time in front of the computer learning new things, but I also enjoyed things that wouldn’t exactly make me a ‘nerd’ too, like for example: weight lifting, supercars, fit women, building things, basketball and other sports, and so on. Does that still make me a nerd/geek?
I don’t know to be honest. And frankly I don’t care now. Nowadays nerdy or geeky topics have become popular culture so whether I like that stuff or not, it’s not something to be embarrassed about anymore.
With Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 breaking box office records last weekend, there’s no saying superheroes are any more nerdy or geeky as any other popular topic today – It’s now simply a common favourite!
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