Angry self righteous tech-nerds
I’ve been involved in the tech business for many years. Though technology is constantly changing, there is a constant:
Angry self righteous tech-nerds.
Who are the angry-nerds?
Angry-nerds are those programmers, network administrators or any other geeks that have a major chip on their shoulders.
Typically, they are in their twenties, with little experience, and are just out of school … full of academic dogma and ritual.
It takes little to set these guys off …
When confronted with a tech idea they don’t agree with, or they find that a concept (or way of doing things) is ‘below’ them intellectually .. they become arrogant, hostile and their not so inner nerd-child appears.
Generally these twits are useless to have around … besides being annoying.
Angry-nerds like to attack beginners
One behavior that is consistent in the angry-nerd population, is their collective disdain for those trying to learn a new technology. If that wasn’t strange enough, they are even critical of those who would try to help beginners get on their feet.
I think angry-nerds are just looking to bully people they feel they can bully. A little payback I suppose …?
The classic arguments that bring out the angry-nerds (frothing at the mouth), include:
- Java vs. PHP
- Mac vs. PC
- Apache vs IIS
… and the list goes on.
Funny thing about angry-nerds, is that they tend to get angry only on message boards and chats. For some reason, angry nerds tend to be quiet introverts in real life.
What makes a nerd so angry?
It’s hard to say, but I think nerds become angry-nerds because of two things:
- Because the got picked on a lot in high school.
- Because they go on dates once every 3.5 years.
I think #2 alone can turn a harmless nerd, into an angry-nerd. That said, I also think memories of childhood beatings probably goes a long way to help the process.
My advice to angry-nerds:
Try not to be so angry, and maybe you’ll actually get a real date.