The Nerd Voice

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#1  Edited By veektarius

So I was linked this video the other day about Guild Wars 2. Seems like a good game, whatever, I'll wait for the reviews and will probably play it for a month or two and then get consumed by single player games. That's not what I'm posting about today. Hear that guy's voice? It's not very pleasant is it? And for whatever reason, it's stereotypical of nerds. In fact, it's probably on the normal side of the stereotype.

Obviously, not all nerds sound like this. I sound nothing like it. However, I have heard far more people who were nerdy (other statisticians/analysts, World of Warcraft players, D&D players) with nasal voices than those who are not. Nerds are not the only social group who are stereotypically associated with a voice, of course.

My question here is obvious. Why do nerds, on average, have a higher rate of incidence of nasal voices than does the non-Star Trek watching populace? Are they ostracized because of their voice into outcast social groups, thus becoming nerds? Or do they lack the social consciousness to realize the problem with their voice, and thus fail to make a concerted attempt to improve it? Or do you think that all nerds with a nasal voice are actually gay and the source of the voice is misclassified? Please, I'm not trying to cause trouble, I'm just interested in the relationship between subconscious outward behavior and social status.

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#2  Edited By crusader8463

It's just the guys voice. I don't hear anything wrong with it.

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#3  Edited By TaliciaDragonsong
@crusader8463 said:
It's just the guys voice. I don't hear anything wrong with it.
Same here.
Someone's feeling good about themselves.
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#4  Edited By Maajin

Seems pleasant enough for me.

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#5  Edited By TheDudeOfGaming
@TaliciaDragonsong said:
@crusader8463 said:
It's just the guys voice. I don't hear anything wrong with it.
Same here. Someone's feeling good about themselves.
And can someone explain to me how can a voice be "nerdy". It's your f***ing voice, you have no control over it. Brad plays video games and he has a totally bad-ass voice.
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#6  Edited By iDarktread
@TheDudeOfGaming said:
Brad plays video games and he has a totally bad-ass voice.
I agree.
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#8  Edited By FluxWaveZ

I'll agree that it seems that the only people I've heard with those kinds of nasally voices turn out to be nerds/geeks. It's strange. Earlier this year, I had heard my own voice via recording and I realised that I also talk in a similar tone.

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#9  Edited By SteamPunkJin

I will counter with Redneck Voice   

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#10  Edited By veektarius

First off, the fact that there are exceptions doesn't disprove the point. It's about correlations. And I at no point claimed the correlation even approached 1 in this case. Second, I already pointed out the nature of my problem with the guy's voice, it's more nasal than average. But you want proof that the stereotype for a nerd voice exists? I can do that:

Are you telling me that voice doesn't make you think nerd? Honestly, I'm surprised that the statement that there is a stereotypical nerd voice is controversial.

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#11  Edited By ryanwho

Walter's son in Breaking Bad is the nerd voice and I hear it regularly in youtube help videos. 
  

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#12  Edited By The_Nubster
@Veektarius: I don't think anyone's disputing that there is a nerd voice stereotype. It's just that his voice isn't very 'nerdy'. I have a friend who wakeboards and longboards and kayaks and his voice is incredibly nasally. So is there a correlation between sports and nasally voices? No, it just so happens that some people have nasally voices. Doesn't make them social outcasts, doesn't make them into nerds or hardcore gamers. 
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#13  Edited By Aegon

He has a normal voice. Saying that yours is better is like saying your voice is music to the ears. 

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#14  Edited By veektarius

@H2Oyea: The intention of the thread was not to flatter myself and I apologize if that was the message that came across. @The_Nubster: What do you feel distinguishes the nerd voice if there is one and it is distinct from what I am identifying?

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#15  Edited By Meowshi

This thread is dumb but it reminds me of how awesome GW2 is going to be.   

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#16  Edited By The_Nubster
@Veektarius: The nerd voice is nasally but nasally like the Simpson's video. The dude's voice in the video you originally posted is nothing to scream nerd about. Nerds aren't the only ones with stereotyped voice, either. Jersey Shore created the douchebag Jersey-ish accent, jocks talk low and slow and dumb and say bro a lot, and all French are condescending pricks with higher-pitched voices. This isn't only a nerd thing, and again, voice doesn't denote which group you fall into. 
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#17  Edited By DeeGee

Why did you bring me to a gay steel mill?

God, the Simpsons used to be fucking amazing. I've completely forgotten the point of this thread after watching that.

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#18  Edited By Afroman269

@crusader8463 said:

It's just the guys voice. I don't hear anything wrong with it.
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#19  Edited By norsedudetr

Love this post.

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#20  Edited By Bloodgraiv3

I don't hear anything wrong.

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#21  Edited By Obsidian

His voice sounds completely normal. I've even heard professional football and hockey players that sound almost exactly like him. I can understand if you think there's a correlation between high pitched, nasally voices and video games or Star Trek, but you picked a really odd example to make that point.

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#22  Edited By Slaker117

I know what type of voice you are talking about, but the guy in that video does not have it.

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#23  Edited By TEHMAXXORZ

Wow, now I've seen everything there is to see. Someone beating on someone's voice, note worthy stuff.

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#24  Edited By yetiantics

Might be my ears but I found nothing wrong with the guy's voice. You just be hatin'.

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@Afroman269 said:

@crusader8463 said:

It's just the guys voice. I don't hear anything wrong with it.
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#26  Edited By WoodenPlatypus

Oh my. 
I best exit stage left,  I sense tomfoolery.
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#27  Edited By uniform
I played World of Warcraft for years, with being in several guilds you're shown that many different types of people play that game. You also become aware that the "nerd voice" does exist and it's extremely common. Just jump on ventrilo at any given time and you're likely to hear several examples. The original video is a poor example. The video posted by ryanwho nails it.
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#28  Edited By imsh_pl
@TaliciaDragonsong said:
@crusader8463 said:
It's just the guys voice. I don't hear anything wrong with it.
Same here. Someone's feeling good about themselves.
@Maajin said:

Seems pleasant enough for me.

@H2Oyea said:
He has a normal voice. Saying that yours is better is like saying your voice is music to the ears. 
@Afroman269 said:

@crusader8463 said:

It's just the guys voice. I don't hear anything wrong with it.
@Bloodgraiv3 said:
I don't hear anything wrong.
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#30  Edited By JayDee

gucci mane has a very nasally voice and he is not a nerd, he is an awkward weirdo though