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

Updated July 16, 2020 74.7k votes 5.2k voters 129.1k 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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  • 1
    Playing Video Games
    2,332
    510

    Playing Video Games

  • 2
    Fiction Books
    2,069
    640

    Fiction Books

  • 3
    Technology
    1,445
    333
  • 4
    Board Games
    1,860
    547
    Chess, Go, Shogi, Checkers...
  • 5
    Pen-and-paper Role-playing Games
    1,842
    625

    Pen-and-paper Role-playing Games

    D&D, Shadowrun...
  • 6
    Comic Books
    2,074
    624

    Comic Books

  • 7
    Watching Movies
    1,492
    488

    Watching Movies

  • 8
    Star Wars
    672
    174
  • 9
    Binge-watching TV Shows
    1,348
    473

    Binge-watching TV Shows

  • 10
    Trading Card Games
    1,491
    570

    Trading Card Games

  • 11
    308
    68

    Strategy Games

  • 12
    War Hammer 40k, Sci Fi and Fantasy Tabletop Gaming
    805
    302

    War Hammer 40k, Sci Fi and Fantasy Tabletop Gaming

  • 13
    Cartoons
    1,134
    448

    Cartoons

  • 14
    Non-fiction Books
    1,131
    559

    Non-fiction Books

  • 15
    Watching Anime
    746
    229

    Watching Anime

  • 16
    Cosplay
    1,409
    629

    Cosplay

  • 17
    Electronics & Robotics
    1,604
    587

    Electronics & Robotics

  • 18
    Dungeons & Dragons
    412
    58
  • 19
    Comic Book Shop
    290
    85

    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

  • 20
    Puzzle Games
    1,158
    456

    Puzzle Games

  • 21
    Collecting Stuff
    1,364
    461

    Collecting Stuff

    http://www.concouture.com - Products for the discerning fan, geek, and gamer! 
  • 22
    377
    137

    Fan Fiction

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

  • 23
    YouTube
    479
    210
  • 24
    327
    155

    manga

  • 25
    Astronomy
    688
    289