The Geek Culture: How to Survive It (In the Real World)
If you’re into anything other than crap shows, crap music, crap cultures, and anything else mainstream; if you’d rather sit through the day at your home, trying to kill those polygons on your computer; if you’re into demons and fairies and nothing in between; if you’d rather spend weeks catching up to your constantly growing list of anime shows than remote-surfing with some sort of real housewives on every channel; and if ‘socializing’, to you, means RPGs; well, you’re a part of the geek culture.
As you might be aware, being a part of the geek culture isn’t hard to survive. From getting your alternative social media account banned to constantly getting told that the stuff you like is for kids (unless they’ve seen the tentacles), you might have to face a lot of inconvenience when you turn to stuff better than mainstream.
How You Can Survive It
Though figuring out how you can survive without pretending to be into pure fish-crap (we don’t have anything against fishes) can be pretty hard to figure out, there certainly are things you can do.
These are some of them:
- Visit events: Events dedicated to the things or genres you’re into can help you make great friends who like the same stuff that you do.
- Online communities: Various online communities, such as targeted social media and even themed RPGs can allow you to socialize with people you might feel really comfortable communicating with.
- Stay away from the closet: Being a closet geek will never help you out. While staying in the closet might save you from getting bullied in some way, it won’t last long. However, not trying to hide yourself will invite people who understand you for communication.
- Reason: People who’d usually nag about what someone else likes are likely to be ignorant, but a bit of concrete reasoning can shut them up.
- Drop pretence: Pretending to not like what you’re into or forcing yourself to adjust to the norms; trust us; will never help. Instead, keep yourself comfortable so you don’t have to have the internet as your only place to socialize.