Is nerdiness where it's at in terms of social success?
I think it’s been a number of decades now where smart people who can focus on problems, but who are not necessarily really good a social interactions have been having social success. I am thinking of success in terms of status as measured by wealth and social approval.
It seems to me that today the people who can use computers the best have the greatest advantage. It seems to me that people who use computers well tend to be more introverted; less comfortable socializing with people in person, although perhaps quite comfortable socializing with people in virtual reality.
Nerds get involved in projects and seem to be able to focus on them exclusively, without getting distracted by other things. They will work long hours purely because it interests them. This often turns into business success. They just like problems. Technical problems, that is. People problems—not so much—except perhaps at a remove, so they can theorize.
I think nerds don’t mind collaborating at all—as long as it is controllable. So in person collaboration is out. Online collaboration works.
I think this trend has been decades… maybe even centuries in the development, but that with the computer, it has exploded and become the easiest path to success.
This is ironic, considering the lack of in-person social skills made most nerds have a hell of a time in high school, and yet, later on, turned them into desirable people. Revenge of the nerds, I guess.
Well, can you add to this theory? Subtract from it? Is it total nonsense, or does it have any strengths? Is it self-serving? What am I missing? What am I not accounting for? What do you think?