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.