Mark your calendar, because May 25 is Geek Pride Day. And geeks have even more to be proud of this year, according to the results of a new survey.
In advance of this very special day, IT staffing services firm Modis is back with a new survey on the state of geekdom, asking more than 1,000 Americans a wide range of questions about the status of geeks in the workplace and society.
Some of the most promising results this year: More than 50 percent of respondents say geeks have a higher chance of being professionally successful — up significantly from 31 percent in the same survey a year ago. Fifty-four percent of those polled say they consider geeks to be extremely intelligent. That was up from 45 percent a year ago.
On the down side, 56 percent of respondents say they define geeks as socially awkward, up from 50 percent a year ago. (Something for everyone to work on for next year.)
And in an unexpected twist, people who identified themselves as geeks listed pen and paper as the items that would be most difficult for them to live without.
The telephone survey, fielded by Opinion Research Corp. on behalf of Modis, was conducted between April 26 and April 30, polling 1,008 Americans 18 years or older. It included people who self-identified as geeks and those who didn’t. Here is a more detailed look at the findings from the company.