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I don't know anyone that talks like this... NOT

http://www.stanford.edu/~pgbovine/geek-behaviors.htm

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I exhibit many of those behaviors. I suppose it's part of my geekiness that I don't _always_ see them as a bad thing (certainly they are sometimes).

For example, I hate the bloody phone, but for perhaps slightly different reasons than the article implies. I like having body language available during a conversation that I actually care to engage in fully. Not having it present makes me feel like half of the conversation is missing and it therefore does not hold my attention as well. My brain finds other things to do visually if it's not already occupied. I want to have these conversations in person, and I think that is a GOOD thing.

On the other hand, there are a lot of conversations that I DON'T care to fully engage in, whether it be because I am currently occupied by something else, or because the subject matter just doesn't interest me a great deal. Having these sorts of conversations in a time-disjointed text medium lets me reply at my own pace and focus on the things I do find engaging. I think this falls under the heading of many geeks living interrupt driven lives and having to prioritize. Most people don't like to think of themselves as being lower priority, and the text medium helps disguise that they are. Useful for me, but perhaps not so uplifting for the person on the receiving end.

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I've always thought of myself as a Friend of Geeks (FOG), but not a geek myself. I might have to reconsider that.

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