Friends call me to give them tips on which televisions to buy or speakers to purchase. They recently started asking me cabling questions, and worse, internet connectivity questions. After 6 years in the CE industry, I proudly share what knowledge I do have to help friends and family or direct them to other respected resources. It never occurred to me, however, that I was becoming “one of them”…until a few weeks ago.
I was looking at his mount. Yes, his mount. I was on a date, and while he was pouring a glass of wine, I was peering behind the 52-inch LCD to see what type of MOUNT it was affixed to. (WHO DOES THAT?!?!?!) I got caught geeking out. I was more than slightly mortified. I redeemed myself while he was explaining the features of the mount (great cable management, etc.) and I responded, “Yeah, it looks like an Architectural Series cantilever mount by OmniMount.” It was, and he was impressed. I then quickly segwayed the conversation into my profession as a PR representative for consumer electronics manufacturers. All was well until Super Bowl Sunday when a commerical prompted the discussion of why consumers would purchase a Runco flat panel versus a big-box brand. I thought, “I’m doing ‘it’, AGAIN. DOH!”
So, this afternoon, prompted by a Tweet by a Gizmodo editor, I took the GSAT’s (the Geek Social Aptitude Test) to see if I was becoming, or (worse) already, “one of them.” Adam Frucci writes, “Face it: We’re all geeks here, and that means we all have a measure of social awkwardness. But how much are we talking here? Teaspoons or gallons?” How do you spell relief? G-S-A-T!
My results: With a low score of 6, I am actually more like James Dean (for the record, 2 points were accumulated because of professional tasks/affiliations and should technically be omitted). You’re like James Dean, if James Dean were less attractive, less famous, less rich, alive, and interested in gadgets. You’re a relatively cool person, but that’s only relative to people who are seriously awkward, so don’t go patting yourself on the back just yet. You still read a gadget site in your free time.
Do you dare to take the Gizmodo GSATs? Don’t forget to share your results with us.
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