It’s time for a non-nerdy-news article from yours truly. After a few heated conversations that have taken place here in the last week, I decided it’s high time to share my stance on Nerd Rage.
Perhaps you’re unfamiliar with the term. If this is the case, you’ve probably done it yourself, and definitely more than once. Nerd rage, for all you book smarties that need details, is the extreme emotion felt when a nerd is exposed to something that directly contradicts the core beliefs of their obsession and the reactionary disputation by said nerd that follows, most commonly abusive word-diarrhea out of their mouthhole. The boys and girls over at the ever resourceful slang-definer urbandictionary.com had this to say about the horrors of Nerd Rage:
“A term used to describe extreme anger, offence, indignation, and other similar emotions by a nerd, geek or similar. Nerd Rage is triggered by a number of things, most commonly through helplessness in the face of bullying, internet fights, or seeing their favorite film/show/anime/etc degraded or insulted in some way.”
Now, I will fully admit that I am one of the most opinionated nerds out there. In fact, every single nerd that I have met has extremely passionate beliefs. You have your Microsoft dudes, Sony fanboys, people who will argue prequels vs. original trilogies for hours, and that’s just barely scratching the surface. Unfortunately, the percentage of those nerds who are able to properly express their opinions in a non-confrontational manner is less than those who can successfully hold a conversation with a pretty girl. The point is, no matter how passionately you believe in your nerdy views, there’s a line of respect that you need to maintain with your fellow nerds no matter what. You never want to crossover into the dreaded Nerd Rage Territory, which is really only a stone’s throw away from Trollville if you wanna look at it that way. That being said, here are “Kimmie’s 5 Signs You’re Suffering From NR!”
5 Ways to Recognize Nerd Rage
You turn debates into arguments.
The uncontrollable anger you feel upon seeing something that violates YOUR personal canon doesn’t mean you should take it out on those who support ANOTHER canon.
You refuse to accept an opinion that is not streamlined with your own.
You love Marvel. Your best friend loves DC. What is a nerd to do!? No one is saying you have to like it, but you should respect your fellow nerd’s opinion.
You turn into the Internet’s version of a toddler.
This really just speaks for itself. Don’t cry over spilled action figures!
You give up and pout when someone makes a point you can’t disprove.
When you do your research, you wont ever have to say, “I can’t counter your valid argument with one of my own, you’re just a DUMB BITCH for thinking the way you do!” Which leads me to…
You resort to personal attacks.
Name calling doesn’t help in the form of an educated debate and it certainly doesn‘t get your point across. Facts do. If you’re as big of a fan as you claim, you should know them already. Use that to your advantage.
If you’re a nerd rager reading this, you’re probably wondering why this matters and plotting ways to cut off my fingers with an Xacto knife. The problem is, reacting in such a harsh, negative way about something you love is and can also make you bitter and resentful. Anger is an emotion related to one’s psychological interpretation of having been offended, wronged or denied and a tendency to undo that by retaliation. Though it seems to be the only course of action for two stubborn nerds, if retaliation is the only foreseeable direction the debate is heading, come to a screeching halt and ask yourself, “Why do I feel so overwhelmingly wronged by someone else’s opinion?” If the answer is, “BECAUSE I’M RIGHT AND THEY’RE DUMB!” then whoa buddy, take a chill pill for a second and let me tell you about some things you can do to help quell the urge to roar.
Obviously, the first step to take is to find a way to destress. Could be anything from playing a video game to reading a book to vegging out in front of the TV. For me, it’s playing with my dog. I could have had the day from Hell, but I take one look at that big grin and wiggle butt and I’m done. Whatever your route of relaxation, take the opportunity the clean slate provides and think about your rage in a calm way. Was this person trying to change your opinion, insult or demean you by expressing their own? Probably not. So would responding with cracks about their mental stability be necessary? I’m gonna go with no on this one. There’s no reason to be a self-entitled doucher and you catch a helluva lot more Pokemon with a Master Ball than a barbed wire net.
Talking to fellow nerds should be a rewarding experience. You can learn about new arcs, storylines and gameplay by having civil discussions. They have reasons for liking what they like just the same as you do. Remember, if we can all just save our nerd rage for the noobtubers, the world would be a much happier place.