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Rectifying Nerd Arrogance

Anonymous Coward writes | about 2 years ago


An anonymous reader writes "Like some Slashdot users, I began attending university last month for computer science. The experience represents my first time away from home and almost constantly with my peers, many of which are also computer science students. Recently, I have become cognizant of the many negative intricacies associated with a "normal" person's perspective of what a nerd is like. Conversing with my college computer science peers (many of which are quite nerdy), I have noticed that many of them are extremely arrogant. Upon introspection, I have come to the realization that I am also very similar to them and am very curious, but worried. I have noticed similar personality characteristics on Slashdot, so I am posing the community with a multitude of questions. Where does this nerd arrogance come from? How can it be rectified? I am concerned that, if I do not abolish these annoying tendencies, I may have trouble later on in life with my career and relationships. Has anybody run into problems in life with the arrogance characteristics that seem to be so prevalent with nerds? If so, how did you handle the situation?"

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Exposure (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41764075)

Come into contact with as many types of OS and programming languages as you can. s soon as you here someone saying that 'X is better than Y' and cannot back up there argument in a reasonable way, walk away and find better company. Better yet talk to a tutor who will have more experience than you in your early days and he may be able to offer perspective.

Make sure you get a social life. Mix with other groups, you will see other peoples opinions and broaden your experience which will breed tolerance and understanding.

As soon as you spot anything like the personality characteristics you mention, do your best to stay away - do not feed the troll. You have better things to do with your time, so do not sink to their level

Everyone (1)

jasper160 (2642717) | about 2 years ago | (#41765043)

Every group of people behave that way, whether it’s race, religion, politics, schooling, game console, OS, or browser. Some are more open minded and can accept other’s opinions while a vast majority cannot. I traveled a lot for twenty-five years and it is the same in every culture and continent. It is up to you how you handle it.

Wrong place to ask (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41765501)

What?!? Don't ask Slashdot about THAT! Have you been paying ANY attention to the commenters? They aren't out to rectify nerd arrogance, they're out to indulge and encourage it!

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