25 Things That Were Once Considered Geeky But Have Now Become Cool

Not too long ago “geek,” “nerd,” and “dork,” were some of the terms used to describe intellectually sophisticated individuals who got unusually excited over computers, comics, video games, sci-fi films, and technology in general. They were considered some of the most undesirable people to be associated with and were usually spotted via their trademark big glasses and preppy clothes. You never invited them to your parties, and they were the easy targets of school bullies. Additionally, the fact that they spent the vast majority of their time in front of their computer screens and barely socialized with real people made them even weirder in the eyes of “normal” people—even though most of us have adopted this habit nowadays. Then all of a sudden, being a geek became cool. We live in an age where we have witnessed the rise of “geek culture” and people such as Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and the late Steve Jobs are some of the most famous, rich, and COOL people out there thanks to their innovations and contributions to the modern technology and society. Therefore, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the following 25 Things That Were Once Considered Geeky Have Now Become Cool.

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Being a Collector

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Collecting stamps, sports memorabilia, coins, vinyl records, and any kind of vintage item was once considered an exclusive hobby engaged in by dorks but these days the weirder and bigger your collection is, the “cooler” it makes you.


Having a Cute Little Dog

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In days long gone you almost exclusively saw girls of all ages and rich people carrying a spoiled little dog with them, while any dude—even the nerds—would never dare to walk around with such a dog. These days it’s viewed as somewhat cool and many dating experts consider cute little dogs chick magnets.


Reading in Public

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If you once read a book at a picnic or on a visit to the park while your friends played football or did other “cool” activities you were easily considered the dork and softy of the gang. In 2015 reading in parks, Starbucks, and anywhere in public seems to be the new cool thing to do.


Wearable Tech

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In the 1980s, the wearable calculator was only for nerds, but now everyone is wearing a device of some type, from a Fitbit to a pedometer.


Vinyl Records

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If you grew up in the 1990s then you probably remember there was nothing cooler than cassettes and CDs. Whoever made the mistake of buying vinyl records back then was considered an outdated geek who wasn’t cool at all. In 2015, however, cassettes are long dead and CDs are heading toward extinction as well, while vinyl has made a resurgence and is considered one of the coolest vintage trends.

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