Today is the 34th anniversary of the release of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. For that reason, May 25th has become the official day to celebrate your geekdom. Take pride in it!
And while you are reveling in this geekitude, you should take note that today also happens to be Towel Day—a day set aside for fans of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy to commemorate the passing of the late author Douglas Adams. As the book states, a towel “is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have”, so make sure to have a towel handy at all times today in celebration of Adams’ life and work.
Finally, research firm Modis conducted a little survey for this year’s Geek Pride Day, and came up with some interesting findings:
- Nearly one-fifth (17 percent) of Americans self-identify as a geek.
- 8 out of 10 (83%) self-professed Geeks think that being called a Geek is a compliment.
- Putting high school stereotypes to rest, Modis’ survey found that nearly twice as many people would prefer to be called a geek (41%) rather than a jock (22%).
- 8 out of 10 (82%) respondents feel it is more acceptable to be a geek now than it was 15 years ago, further evidence that there’s been a positive cultural shift in American society about how we perceive a “geek” today.
- Geeks are typically associated with being well-suited for IT or technology industries. Survey respondents felt the professional fields geeks are best-suited for include video game designer (65 percent), technology engineer (50 percent) and professional blogger (37 percent).
- When asked which department at work is most valuable to them, 16 percent of employed Americans said IT – comparable to the 17 percent that said marketing and 18 percent that said accounting. Human resources slightly outweighed other divisions – likely because of the personal nature of the function – with 25 percent of Americans valuing it most.
Happy Geek Pride Day!