Coffee Break [28/6/21]

Your mid-morning pick me up

It’s been awhile since we did a quiz. So Deadsplinters, which kind of kid were you, popular, quiet, or nerdy?

I got Nerd

Even though you’re not the most popular, don’t feel down. You’re one of the most fun and kind people to be around, and you’ll learn that you tend to attract many nice people. Don’t change who you are because that’s why people love you!

Back then, nobody would have called me a nerd. But secretly, I think that’s what I was. Oh, Buzzfeed, you know me so well!



  1. Quiet kid

    You got the quiet kid! Even though you’re not the most talkative kid, that doesn’t mean you’re any less amazing and funny than others. You don’t often get close to people, but when you do, your true personality comes out and you shine brighter then a star!
    We’re talking about high school?

    Well sure, I was quiet, but underneath it was a seething cauldron of subversive anarchy. or maybe it was hormones…

  2. I don’t need to take the quiz.  I was a quiet kid.  Quiet to the point where I could slip away unnoticed and it might take an hour or more before someone realizes I’m gone.  I’m still a quiet adult, which has its downsides–I have a bad habit of startling people who don’t realize I walked into the room.  I’ve been walking the rice paper for years.

      • Why not? Management types love to talk about the ‘open door’ policy. Let’s test that shit! My breakout group in the DEI meeting included the CEO. Was I smart enough to pull punches? lol. no.

    • I’ve been told by several former classmates that I have a practice of sitting quietly in discussion until ten minutes before class is over and then saying one profound thing that there isn’t enough time to discuss before class is over. 
      That was my evil plan all along.  

  3. I also got nerd. Until the age question, I thought they were asking questions about what we were like as a kid? Should we have been answering these questions with our childhood answers? The age question threw me, since my adult responses would have changed. Anyway, that’s probably a nerd overthinking a buzzfeed quiz.
    I was definitely a nerd, but also quiet kid. I’m an only child so I don’t need much external stimulation. I can blend in and fly under the radar. In high school I was part of no clique, and I managed to escape all forms of bullying. 

    • Yes, the age answer options let me know I have no business taking this quiz and expecting it to say anything about me. And what sort of noob groups “science” and “social studies” together? When was the last time I called a class “social studies”? In my schooling experience, that term went away after age 12 or so. 

      • It was social studies when I took it in junior high, which was mid-90s. High school was either US history or world history. No idea what they call anything these days because I don’t have kids.

  4. Folks, I took this test and can you believe it, it said I was a nerd? Can you believe it? The liberals, yeah, the liberals, they want you to think I’m … the liberals, yes, they got together, we’re looking into it very strongly, they made this thing and if you’re not a liberal they’re going to call you names, very mean, very terrible names. One man came up to me, big, strong guy in a Gundam shirt, he was crying, he said “Sir, thank you for fighting back against the liberals calling me a nerd,” crying about it, liberals! We’re going to investigate it, very strongly.

  5. …apparently buzzfeed thinks I was a quiet kid…which is…well let’s just say that from what I remember & what various people who knew me as a kid have told me over the years I’m not sure that’s literally accurate?

    …then again…there were a lot of people that knew me as a kid who aren’t those people…so I guess it could have been true “from a certain point of view”…wonder what pushed my verdict that way over the nerd thing…but not enough to go back & see if I can figure it out by trying different answers, I guess…probably a real nerd would just do that?

    • IMHO, the fallacy about “shy kids” or “introverts” is that they open up and come alive when they’re in the right company. So often, that isn’t a standard classroom, but it could very well be in a play or orchestra, or in a small group of people who share their interests and intellectual curiosity, or people who are unlikely to judge and dismiss them. Most of those shy kids were situationally shy. 

  6. I got popular, and the first question about liking crowds means you don’t have to go any further. This is a very dumbed-down distillation of Jung’s theory of the outer-directed vs. the inner-directed, which in turn forms much of the basis for all those hogwash “personality tests” that you might have encountered.

    Leaving a random comment about half-remembered Jungian theory shows nerdiness somewhat, but the fact that I’m doing it unbidden to what is, in effect, an online cocktail party puts me in the outer-directed/”popular” category. A neo-Jungian would argue–I’ll stop there. The next round of dog training is about to commence. The true test: it’s getting a little toasty outside, but not Portland, OR-levels of uninhabitableness. Plus, we’re more used to it. 

    The poor hound is still frightened of the rollator and hates the heat so this will be nightmarish to him, I’m sure. Freud would argue…

  7. I got quiet kid which is pretty accurate.  I often get labeled as the instigator but when I am the leader, I don’t choose that or just take over, it is usually forced on me.  I would always sit back and listen to everything before speaking or making comments so I knew the vibe of a room or class.  

  8. quiet kid…which is about right..i mostly keep to myself and am perfectly happy to let everyone else do the talking…
    people usually assume im shy and moussy….tho..i tend to disabuse them of that notion pretty quickly

  9. I got quiet kid. Which… eh. I was, but not always. In high school, I had friends in every group and tended to mostly hang out with the nerdy kids. Although I wasn’t a stereotypical “nerd”, I wear glasses and love to read (both, apparently, perfect reasons to be bullied when I was in the lower grades), plus, I was always nice to the kids that tended to get picked on (because I had BTDT). At my first high school, my lunch table was mostly a group of dorky guys who played Magic: The Gathering and yammered on about Star Trek. At the second school I went to, there was a more diverse group (I even dated a football player, briefly) that I hung out with, but we were still the “alternative” kids. There’s a great picture somewhere of me with a group of my friends… I’m wearing a flowered sweatshirt, straight-legged jeans, and white Keds, with almost no makeup, while everyone around me is covered in black eyeliner and hair dye, wearing black leather and chains. That picture pretty well summed up my high school years.
    These days, I’m still the quiet one, sitting back and watching the group, unless there’s alcohol involved. In that case, after 2 or 3 drinks, I AM the party, baby! 

  10. I got “quiet” but as I think I’ve mentioned before, I was fairly popular in high school (not A-lister but definitely solid B-lister — got invited to most parties, had a pretty extensive group of friends). But it was a conscious decision on my part. I was pretty introverted and one day my mother sat me down and told me that I needed to make some choices. If I let myself be afraid of people and situations it was going to be something that would affect my whole life. So I made a choice to start speaking up, and people thought I was funny. And I just ran with it. 
    A psychiatrist diagnosed me as a socialized introvert. Basically, I’m an introvert who has learned how to act like an extrovert. He told me that the big differences were that A) I couldn’t maintain it long term because B) pretending to be extroverted drains me. A true extrovert is energized by contact with other people. 

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