I remember back when I was a youngster and I, like many of you around here, used to get my ass kicked on almost a daily basis for being a bit different. I had an affinity for reading, math, chess, and sci-fi. This did not suit well on a kid who was 6 foot 3 and weighed what someone a foot shorter should.
Time went on, I entered high school, found I was a pretty good athelete, and added quite a but weight to my lanky frame, and stopped talking about the things I was interested about in public. This was, of course, a survival tactic, and led to me getting my ass kicked on a much less regular basis. As a matter of fact, I even was pretty popular, got laid occasionally, and enjoyed my life.
Now comes the whole internet boom, and being a geek is cool - or at least it is held a bit higher than what it used to be. I bet if I was around 16 right now I could almost be myself in school and not have my ass kicked on a daily basis. Just think how good it will be for kids like me in another ten years.