Are you a nerd or gamer?

It’s easier to figure out if you’re a gamer: Do you like playing video games?  Do you spend a lot of time playing video games?

Then you’re probably a gamer.

Figuring out if you’re a nerd is a little trickier because of how popular nerd culture has gotten. Lots of people may claim the title, but are just riding the wave of superhero movies.

So how do you know if you’re really a nerd?

Despite what many people think, being a nerd doesn’t mean you always wear glasses and play dungeons and dragons.  Like everything in life, there is a dark side to really being a nerd that doesn’t get talked about very much.

When you were in school, people were happy to be on group projects with you because they knew you would do most of the work because you wanted a good grade.

You were academically advanced in at least one subject area, like reading, writing, or math, and always did well without much effort.

When you were in school, students tried to or did cheat off of your tests.

You’ve been told you’re too smart for your own good, more than once.

You get really excited about things other people think are ridiculous, but you still love them anyway (like when I got to grad school and realized that I loved statistics….and I still love statistics to this day).

You get told constantly that you’re smart, so you should be able to figure it out, and then you don’t get any help, even if you ask for it.

Your workload is high because your boss and coworkers know you can handle it, which means you work more than everyone else with little or no extra benefits, recognition, or pay.

You love learning and always end up in situations you’re learning, even if it’s not on purpose.

You are baffled by people who claim to know everything because you know that’s impossible.

You’re smart enough that you’ve had to learn to mask or hide your intelligence so that people around you aren’t mean to you or uncomfortable.