No one should be ashamed of being a nerd/geek/etc.
If you are happy, please stop caring what other people think about your hobbies. If you come across someone who thinks you are weird because you enjoy Star Wars, Star Trek, LARPing, Dungeons & Dragons, Furries, whatever—you don’t need them in your life.
I know and understand that it’s irritating to be pandered to with shows like The Big Bang Theory, The New Girl, and so on, but there isn’t anything we can do and it’s easy to see that right now being geek is chic. Those shows aren’t for us. Those shows are for the general public to take (an albeit kind of wrong) glimpse into our world. Turn around and do your best to use it to your advantage, because for the first time ever it’s cool to be a nerd. Don’t get carried away—just embrace yourself and who you are, because what you enjoy sets you apart from the rest. If what you read or dress up as or obsess over makes you happy, don’t let anyone take that away from you because you will be miserable for being untrue to yourself.
Don’t fake being a nerd to make others like you
On the flipside, if you are a girl who thinks it’s “cool to be a geek” and are new to nerd-dom, don’t be untrue to yourself by collecting Ghostbusters crap, Playing Call Of Duty, or anything else if you don’t actually enjoy it. Don’t pander to nerds with your feminine wiles. Boys: don’t wear glasses if you don’t really need to. The door swings both ways on the topic.
Trends come and go. Be true to yourself and what you enjoy, and don’t let anyone take that away from you, because years from now we will all still be addicted to video games, anime and collectibles. We will all look back on our massive piles of plastic crap and realize we spent a lot of time playing with toys alongside the people who share the same obsessions. Just something to think about.