I remember the first time I got glasses in about third or fourth grade. I was so excited to pick out a special pair and show all my friends and have something new to wear everyday. Now, I have no idea why the hell I would be so desirous of easily broken, very expensive things that I would every so often drop, scratch, and/or sit on. Yes, sit on. However, after reading this Inverse article, maybe those specs really ain’t so bad.
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The age-old stereotype is that if you wear glasses, you’re a ‘nerd’. You read more books, you’re quiet, you’re smart. Nowadays, glasses are chic accessories that can come with or without a prescription. However, if you do really need them, people may see you as having a higher intelligence.
Although a study has shown that they make you look professional in job interviews, they cut back your scale of attractiveness. How unfair, right? Really it’s that, as humans, we tend to decipher people’s features and trustworthiness through facial expressions.
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Neil Handley, who curates the British Optical Association Museum, explains that glasses hide our features, the fine lines in our face, our cheekbones, and many areas that indicate our tone or feeling. So with all those hidden, we jump over that gap and assume the best of them. We can’t see everything, so we can’t criticize.
A study published last year and presented at the 2012 American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting suggested that myopia — a.k.a. nearsightedness — was associated with higher levels of education. The researchers, from the University Medical Center in Germany, studied 4,600 myopia-afflicted Germans between the ages of 35 and 74. About 53 percent of their sample size had graduated from college, compared with 24 percent that had no post-high school education.
Could this be true?
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Probably not. But could you still feel like a Harvard professor every time you put your tortoiseshell glasses on? Hell yeah. Will other people think so too? We’ll let them decide that one.
I truly believe we all have that one side of ourselves that we don’t like to show anyone, that we like to keep private, that we let loose when we’re alone or in a bookstore. Our nerdy side!
We all have things we like to geek out on. Fun facts? Literary character merchandise? Musical duets of the classical variety? I love all of those! Who the hell doesn’t?
I feel just as strongly when it comes to work supplies. I’ve made a list of eleven supplies that I just can’t get enough of. Yes, it may be nerdy and unnecessary, but I am always ready to mark, stick, highlight, clip, and organize anything you may need. You’ll thank me later.
Apply to your glasses and they will not fall off your schnoz. | Image Via Storming Gravity
2. Clip-on Book Lamp
Let there be light… | Image Via Exactly What I Needed
3. Multi-colored Pens
I can only make serious decisions when it comes to pen inks. | Image Via Pentrace
4. Animal-shaped Paperclips
Is it a dog or lion? Maybe both. | Image Via AliExpress
5. Triple Pen Holder
Three’s a party. | Image Via Amazon
6. Funky Flash Drives
These scream professional. |Image Via Four Letter Nerd
7. Pocket Calculator
I don’t care if there’s one on my phone. I need this one. | Image Via Dollar Tree
8. Filofax Planner Inserts
Stay organized, my friends. | Image Via PlanCademy
9. Sticky Notes of All Shapes and Sizes
Never limit yourself to just one… | Image Via Top Printers
10. Literary Backpack
This is perfect for holding all the other things you’ve just seen. | Image Via Pinterest
11. Funky Highlighters
Go on a highlighting spree with these little guys! |Image Via Geddes School Supplies
I think it’s safe to say I have many, if not all of these things. No matter what your go-to supplies look like, we all know that nerdy is just an umbrella for fun, creative, quirky, and energetic. These are fun and hold their purpose and we know you were eyeing those multi-colored pens. Buy them now, rejoice later.