Geek Fatigue – describes the reluctant acceptance that, even though that technology is the one you REALLY SHOULD be using, it’s just too much hard work and you take the easy choice and get on with it.
GONERS know this very well, and that’s why we don’t use those fancy new features very often. We know that we will get bitten on ass at some point in the future.
I now use this term to describe why I switched from MS Windows to Mac OSX. Windows was just too much work to keep running, backed up and safe. Although I knew I should move to Linux, I just couldn’t face any more pain from the operating system. I want DO STUFF, not play with my OS.
I heard a great term the other day: geek fatigue. Being a geek often means doing things the hard way, at least in the short term. Thereís usually some long-term advantage, real or imagined, to justify doing things the hard way. But even a die-hard geek gets tired and wants to take the easy way out.
Thomas Gideon ó a self-described ìdie-hard technology geekî ó used the term geek fatigue on his podcast to describe why he bought a Mac a few years ago. He was tired of using Linux and fighting driver issues. (Thomas has recently decided to move back to Linux.)