How does a geek cope with non-geek friends?
I am a geek. I know and admit this about myself. It’s just a part of life.
I have non-geek friends. “Normals.” There’s nothing wrong with that. I like them for who they are, and hopefully they like me for the same reason.
However, there are funny barriers to communication.
For example, in an email last week about meeting up for brunch, I said “Pumpkin Pancakes FTW!” And then I had to make sure I explained what “FTW” means. (FTW = ‘for the win’ in case any non-geeks read this blog.) And it’s good that I did, for 2 of the 3 recipients thought I was saying something about Fort Worth.
If you are a geek, that was hilarious. You’re welcome. If you’re not, you just read that and thought, “huh, I thought it was about Fort Worth too” - and possibly “I still don’t understand; what does for the win mean? And what does it have to do with pancakes.” To you, I apologize.
See? Communication barriers.
Because I like my non-geek friends, I try to introduce them to new words and concepts sporadically so that they do not feel hopelessly analog in a digital world. Things like Rick-Rolling and memes. Things like bullet time. Things like FTW.
Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t. But it usually makes all of us laugh.