THERE’S A LITTLE GEEK IN ALL OF US

May 25, 2013


 I think we all have a little Geek in us, oh yes everyone!   I know people in their 90s who bang away at the computer night and day staying in touch with their kids, grandkids, friends, penpals, etc etc.  You name it, we all like to stay in touch and the Internet gives us a marvelous method for doing just that.   To some extent, we all speak GEEK.  Let’s take a look.

Geeks are getting even cooler!

•Both self-professed geeks and non-geeks alike rated “geeks” to be extremely intelligent (54 percent in 2012 v. 45 percent in 2011) and the go-to people for technology advice (71 percent v. 56 percent). More than half of Americans (51 percent) define geeks as professionally successful, a significant jump from 2011’s 31 percent.

•Majority of respondents defined a “geek” as someone who is addicted to technology (68 percent), or spends more time online than offline (66 percent).

•When given a list of items and asked which they would have a very difficult time living without, old fashioned pen and paper topped the list of items geeks admitted would be the most difficult to live without (71 percent), over technological devices such as computer (58 percent), smartphone (41 percent), or MP3 player (25 percent). Even non-geeks didn’t rank pen and paper first, instead going with car as the No. 1 item they would have a very difficult time living without (61 percent).

Lose your hard drive data or go through a relationship breakup? Geeks say break up, of course!

•More than 60 percent of geeks said they would be very stressed out by losing the files on their computer’s hard drive, such as photos, music files, or documents. In comparison only 49 percent of them would feel the same about going through a relationship break up and only 28 percent of geeks would consider getting the flu to be stressful.

•Losing Internet connection seems to be a universal stressor. People who don’t even consider themselves a geek would be almost as stressed by losing their Internet connection (17 percent) as self-identified geeks (19 percent).

Geeks AND non-geeks attached to their tech

•70 percent of Americans (geeks and non-geeks alike) said they would have a difficult time living without at least one tech accessory for a day (when selecting from a list of eight technological devices such as a smartphone, computer or MP3 player).

•Two-thirds (67 percent) of those who do not even consider themselves a geek would have a difficult time living without at least one technological device for a day.

•Almost three in five (57 percent) Americans – again, geek and non-geek alike – have been told that they use a specific technological device too often, with TV being the biggest culprit (34 percent).

•Perhaps not all that surprising, men are more likely than women to be told that they use the following technological devices too often:

•Desktop (17 percent v. 9 percent)

•Portable music player (10 percent v. 5 percent)

•Gaming console (16 percent v. 2 percent)

Technology creeping into socially inappropriate places

•Many Americans (not only the geeks!) are using technology in inappropriate places / at inappropriate times (66 percent of geeks and non-geeks).

•5 percent of people – both geeks and non-geeks combined – confessed to having used a device like their smartphone during a funeral.

•9 percent admitted to having used a device during a religious service.

•Almost one-fifth of people have used a device during a date (19 percent).

•18 percent of people have used a device during a business meeting.

•And despite state laws prohibiting it for safety reasons, one-third (32 percent) of people admit to using their personal devices while driving a car. Geeks are the biggest culprits on this one with a full 45 percent of geeks admitting to using their device while driving, compared to 30 percent of non-geeks.

•Men are more likely than women to use a personal technology device at the dinner table (36 percent v. 27 percent).

Prepare to be judged – tech savvy millennials are watching

•Nearly one in five Americans (17 percent) judge others on which types of technology they choose to use, such as their computer operating system, cell phone, or gaming console.

•Millennials are quickest to judge. Americans age 18-34 (34 percent) are more likely than their older counterparts to be judgmental about personal technology choices.

•Not surprisingly, the youngest adult Americans, geeks and non-geeks alike, are more attached to their mobile device than others. Americans age 18-34 (40 percent) would have a more difficult time than their older counterparts living without their smartphone for one day.

•35-44 – 25 percent

•45-54 – 27 percent

•55-64 – 14 percent

•65+ – 8 percent

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