Everyone remembers the iconic TV nerd, Steve Urkel, from Family Matters. The waist-high jeans, buttoned up plaid shirt, red suspenders, and the oh-so-popular phrase, “Did I do that?” We might have dreaded being a nerd throughout Elementary School and High School, but nowadays, being a “nerd” is actually considered a sophisticated look. It’s even become fashionable to purchase a pair of fake glasses and sport a “geek chic” appearance. How do we know this?
LeBron James and Dwayne Wade from the NBA recently purchased a pair of real/fake glasses to appear more intellectual and professional in public. They call this look “nerd swag” or “Urkel-like.”
Both LeBron James and Dwayne Wade wear glasses for style, but can glasses really make you look more intellectual?
Psychology professor Cary Cooper, from Lancaster University said, “It is not surprising that businesses want to employ intelligent staff, but the idea that intelligent people wear glasses is an old stereotype that has not gone away.” (Daily Mail Reporter)
Since poor eyesight does not correspond to someone’s intelligence level, glasses are not a good indication of whether or not a person is highly intellectual.
Cooper continues, “It is possible that some people have more self-confidence and change their behavior when they put on glasses, which could in itself improve their chances at interview.” (Daily Mail Reporter)
If individuals wear glasses to get land an interview, why shouldn’t basketball players wear glasses to feel more confident, and/or business owners to seal a deal? Studies show that one third of all adults think individuals who wear glasses look more professional, while 43 per cent think they appear more intelligent. Either way, a good handful of people see glasses-wearers as smart and professional.
Isn’t it interesting how a pair of glasses can make an individual feel more confident, smart, professional, and trendy? What do you think of glasses-wearers?