The Chindividual asks: why?

My excuses for this cryptic title, but I want to dedicate this week’s post to a quintessential question about our hobbies:


Okay, I think I have to be somewhat more exact: why do you do what you do? Why are you the geek you are, and why do you keep being the geek you are? Am I the only one who asks himself such existential questions? 

You see, I believe that many of us are destined to be geeky. No matter if it’s our genetics, our environment or a mix of both: in any social group, there will always be deviants. It’s like nature has given some of us this built-in mechanism, which forces us to perceive situations from another perspective. However, in order to see things differently, we have to immerse ourselves into different things than other members of our society. According to this theory, all geeks are actually a safety mechanism for society, reminding the herd of different approaches to old or new problems. We’re like the black sheep, just with a love for videogames and cosplay. 

There’s probably as many reasons for being nerdy and/or geeky as there are people in our wide and interesting subculture, but I’m curious to hear your reasons. What keeps you coming back to those special hobbies of yours? 

2 thoughts on “The Chindividual asks: why?”

  1. I imagine a lot has to do with one’s environment growing up. My parents never pushed my siblings and I into, say, either sports or learning; but they absolutely had “geeky” sides, with loves of things like sci-fi that was well on display with the TV we watched early on. And heck, it was my Dad that brought computers and video games into our lives! His interest in those things transferred to us. Granted, we all latched on to that knowledge with varying degrees of interest, but it was definitely instilled at an early age. So I keep coming back to video games, for example, because they’ve always been a normal part of my life. While society may question that, I never have.

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