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The Best Geek & Nerd Hobbies: Geek Tested, Nerd Approved

Updated July 16, 2020 77.2k votes 5.5k voters 137.6k views85 items

List RulesThe best nerdy hobbies for geeks to pick up.

Every geek needs at least a few nerdy hobbies. How else are you going to develop your geek cred? But you can’t pursue every hobby, no one has that kind of time or money. To help you out, your fellow geek nerds have voted for their favorite nerdy hobbies and past times in the hobby list below. Also be sure to vote for your favorite geeky hobbies so that you can spread the joy!

You’ll find things like the top video games, trading card games, the best board games, miniatures, and so on. Heck, you may even find nerd hobbies you’ve never heard of before. For instance, have you ever considered historical reenacting as a weekend hobby? Well it’s pretty awesome and involved.

Other popular nerd hobbies include things you don’t usually don’t expect from nerds and geeks. Things like bodybuilding. In hindsight, it actually makes sense that bodybuilding is a nerdy hobby, as it relies on general knowledge of physiology. After all, you have to know what exercises are the most efficient for developing specific muscle groups.

So if you consider yourself a geek, nerd, or something in between the two, then vote for your favorite nerdy hobbies. If you don’t see your favorite past time listed, then add it so that your fellow geeks can check it out. 

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  • Playing Video Games1
    2,389
    531

    Playing Video Games

  • Fiction Books2
    2,149
    648

    Fiction Books

  • Technology3
    1,527
    339
  • Comic Books4
    2,140
    619

    Comic Books

  • Pen-and-paper Role-playing Games5
    1,908
    641

    Pen-and-paper Role-playing Games

    D&D, Shadowrun...
  • Board Games6
    1,924
    555
    Chess, Go, Shogi, Checkers...
  • Star Wars7
    764
    209
  • Watching Movies8
    1,535
    520

    Watching Movies

  • Binge-watching TV Shows9
    1,388
    498

    Binge-watching TV Shows

  • Trading Card Games10
    1,558
    570

    Trading Card Games

  • 11
    394
    90

    Strategy Games

  • War Hammer 40k, Sci Fi and Fantasy Tabletop Gaming12
    869
    319

    War Hammer 40k, Sci Fi and Fantasy Tabletop Gaming

  • Cartoons13
    1,177
    470

    Cartoons

  • Non-fiction Books14
    1,182
    575

    Non-fiction Books

  • Watching Anime15
    844
    252

    Watching Anime

  • Cosplay16
    1,434
    650

    Cosplay

  • Electronics & Robotics17
    1,628
    591

    Electronics & Robotics

  • Dungeons & Dragons18
    504
    80
  • Puzzle Games19
    1,189
    467

    Puzzle Games

  • Comic Book Shop20
    339
    105

    Comic Book Shop

    a place were comic book nerds ( or any type of nerd) can hang out, chill with friends , and read and buy comic books & card games

  • Collecting Stuff21
    1,389
    468

    Collecting Stuff

    http://www.concouture.com - Products for the discerning fan, geek, and gamer! 
  • 22
    421
    165

    Fan Fiction

    some actully cool, some disapointing, and some just weird and creepy.

  • YouTube23
    514
    239
  • Astronomy24
    717
    293
  • 25
    366
    179

    manga