Top 5 Ways to Deal with Anti-Geeks
We’ve all been there. You’re excited about playing the latest game on your Nintendo DS, or you’re wearing your anime bag, and someone says something to ruin your day. Maybe they say something like how childish you are for loving something so passionately. Or maybe it’s how geeky you are for being so obsessed with manga. It’s hard to sometimes embrace your inner geek. However here are five ways you can deal with these types of situations.
- Admit that you’re a geek.
This is the first step and it may be the most important one. Some people have this stigma that being a geek or being called one is a bad thing. Like all labels in society, it depends on how you feel about it. If you’re frustrated with the label that people keep putting on you, for the fact that you associate bad things with it, maybe it’s not the label that’s a problem but how you perceive it. There is no shame in your geeky game.
- Avoid these people.
If you know that these people are going to be around and you don’t feel like being teased for your love of Final Fantasy at lunch, then try your hardest to avoid going there. Even if you have to sit next to those people, the nice thing about our brain is that with practice, we can learn to shut out certain things. We’re humans, we can adapt to things really quickly.
- Go to your own world.
There’s nothing like being in class and hearing someone rant about people who are too geeky for their own good. Or maybe it’s being directed directly at you. Forget them. When you’re walking around in the normal world, listen to your favorite music, put your headphones in and tune out the world. If you’re stuck in class with them, just keep in mind that you are who you are and there is no need for you to change. So tune them out and get lost in the excitement of the next episode, or that new expansion that is coming.
- Don’t feed the troll.
The worst thing you can do is start arguing with them over why you’re not as bad as other geeks, or try to convince them that they’re wrong. This is where the negative concept of fan boys/fan girls come into play. You can’t convince people who don’t want to be convinced.
- And Lastly Remember You Are Not Alone.
Don’t forget that you are part of a bigger group of excitable fans. There are fan groups, conventions, forums, and so many other ways to find other fans of what you love. Sometimes it’s nice to know that you’re not the only one out there. We are all part of the bigger fandom and we are all right here beside you.