Why Nerds and Techology go hand-in-hand


By I have been involved in the sale of electronic equipment and appliances for several years and a committed fan of all types of movies, something amusing that I have observed and have experienced while watching films is a possible explanation of who Nerds are, they are in my view, a certain substitute for the word 'Technology'. You can describe a Nerd in as many ways as possible, But one concept that you can repeatedly use to replace a Nerd Is the word "technology". A nerd might show interest in many things but It is clear that they are in love with technology and consequently always the first to accept and embrace every new advance in technology. Generally, people have developed different attitudes to technology as a concept, some people love it, some do hate it while some are afraid of it.


Our love for technology is clearly expressed when newly acquired, we love the new car, the beauty of a new cellphone and camera and the satisfaction of operating a new tablet or computer, but once they fail to measure up to our expectations, our love turns to anger. This device can then actually becomes receivers of our frustrations when our emotions get the better of us. There is also this lingering fear we feel when we might have to live without technology.

As an ardent film fan for several years,I have observed a common theme, even for films that were produced when technology was not very advanced, people have always expressed a certain fear and uncertainty towards technology. In the 1927 film; Metropolis, it was a female robot that wreaked a lot of havoc in the City. In the 1963 film; Charlie Chaplin a worker in the factory suffered froma job related nervous breakdown.

I also observed in more recent films like Terminator Series, Transformer Series and the film; I Robot amongst others that technology has been perceived as a threat which is always pitching itself against human beings and attempts to destroy the society. However, in this films we see technology coming to the aid of humans several times. In the Terminator, John Conner was rescued by technology several times even as the same technology was on a mission to destroy him.

In the film; Transformer, Deceptacons which are usually military in nature and are not automobile related created destruction On Earth, while the same technology was used to save the Earth by Optimus Prime; an 18 Wheeler trailer and his automobile robots. There is also an additional fear of military invasion which have been triggered by our experience of conflict and it's destruction of our society. It is also likely that our fear of technology comes from the threat to remove the reliance that has been placed on us in our workplace.

New inventions are gradually limiting people to very few functions in the office and our ability to multi-task. People tell themselves that they can dispense with a human nanny since they can have a robot nanny. In the film; I,Robot, robots easily carried out the work humans do not want to do by themselves and still had to protect humans. But V.I.K.I.; the central brain of the robots developed an attitude and concluded that humanity was helpless and subsequently mobilises the robots to turn against humans.


An examination of all this brings us to the conclusion that nerds are really the ones that first embrace technology because they are involved in its creation. We see great examples of real life nerds in Bill Gates of Microsoft Corporation and Steve Jobs of Apple Computers., they have influenced and impacted our lives especially in any office or home where documents are created or processed. A Nerd possesses the skill and the ability to invent new things and provide solutions to everyday problems. They provide solutions to the problems of technology, we turn to them when our computer is not functioning well, when our cell phones are faulty or when we need to install new things. We might not convince ourselves that nerds fix our cars but we know they design and test them before commercial production starts. The love of Nerds for Technology may be the reason why their major interest is in Science fiction, because science fiction reveals the success of being a nerd and the reward of their hard work.