I was reading an article today in the Sunday Times (blah) about the rise of women on the internet, and it mentioned that net users and tech savvy people are beginning to lose their stereotype of a pasty-faced guy with glasses (*cough* my avatar *cough*) and instead apply to anyone. It also mentioned that even though there are more women using the web (specifically social networking and blogging sites), the people who build the sites and write software are predominantly men.
So, here's a completely flexible "mini survey" about the stereotype of being a "geek" or not. You can answer any of these questions - you don't need to answer all of them if you don't want to.
EDIT: Definitions of a "geek" (specific to computers) according to Wikipedia:
A person with a devotion to something in a way that places him or her outside the mainstream. This could be due to the intensity, depth, or subject of their interest. This definition is very broad but because many of these interests have mainstream endorsement and acceptance, the inclusion of some genres as "geeky" is heavily debated. Persons have been labelled as or chosen to identify as mathematics geeks, engineering geeks, sci-fi geeks, computer geeks, various science geeks, movie and film geeks (cinephile), comic book geeks, theatre geeks, history geeks, gamer geeks, music geeks, art geeks, philosophy geeks, literature geeks, and roleplay geeks.A person who is interested in technology, especially computing and new media. Most geeks are adept with computers, and treat the term hacker as a term of respect, but not all are hackers themselves.
- Do you think you are a "geek"?
- Do your friends / family think so?
- Do you act as the "computer repair man/woman" of the family / friendship group?
- In terms of friends, do the majority fit the "geek" stereotype, or are you the only one or a minority?
- Do you think tech-savvy people are losing their stereotypes?
- Do you think it's easy to spot a "geeky" person if you're walking down a street?
- If you answered "yes" to the first or second question, do you think using Linux makes you seem "geekier"?
- Do your friends / family find Linux interesting?