Research on Nerdfighters


Remember that time I started writing a blog about the research I’d done about Nerdfighteria and then disappeared for no reason? Good, me neither.

This time, I am coming to you with a finished product! (Yay me, right? it only took like nine months.) I’ve written about the research I did on Nerdfighteria, including some background theory, the model I was testing, and (finally), the narratives in this community’s culture.

Whether you participated in the original survey or not, and whether or not you saw my first failed attempt at writing about it, if you want to learn a bit more about Nerdfighters and about my theory why they are such a cohesive and unique community, please visit my blog!

There are also links to the full thesis and a published article (in the Computers in Human Behavior Journal), in case there are other researchers of online communities out there ;)

Once you visit, please let me know your thoughts! Comments, constructive criticism, MORE NARRATIVES, chocolate cake recipes—all are welcome!!!


This is a really great read on why Nerdfighters are compelled to nerdfight, storytelling as a community, and seeing each other as Real Complex Human Beings.


Dear Nerdfighters,


A few months back I asked you to fill out a survey to help me do some research about Nerdfighteria for my master thesis. I graduated already, and it was all thanks to you. You inspired me and gave me a hand when I most needed it in more ways than one.

In the past few weeks I’ve been wrecking my brain trying to find the best way to share the results with you. I have no experience blogging so it’s becoming very difficult for me to start. But John’s latest video gave me a good reason to do this already.

I’ve always observed the community from a distance because I’ve been too shy to jump in and participate. I’ve participated in most P4A days and signed up for Kiva, but I’ve mostly spent time watching Vlogbrothers and reading Nerdfighters’ comments and posts around the web. This has given me the chance to really get to admire what a great community this is, and to think about what a great network of people we are creating. I think John is right when he says we should aim to do more stuff together, as the great community we are. And I figured that some of my results may be interesting now because, if anything, they show what a cohesive community we are and what a strong culture we share.

So here’s the first post, where I explain the hypothesis I was testing and give an overview of what I found.

I plan on updating that blog twice a week with more detailed posts, so if you want to follow up, you can follow me here on tumblr, and always feel free to comment!

A big thank you to all who filled out the survey from Maris when we posted it a while back. You can see some of the results of it at the blog she links to.



Some of may remember hearing about or taking the Nerdfighteria Survey on Tumblr this June. This is our second vlog update on the Nerdfighteria Research Project - “Nerdfighteria: A Case Study in Young Adult Information Seeking Behavior through Social Media” by Chantale Pard, MLIS and Dr. Pamela McKenzie at the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario in London Ontario.

Please watch and spread the word.


Look at all these beautiful, beautiful stats! Thanks very much to all those of you who filled out the survey a while back for Chantale. You can also see her first update video here.


Nerdfighteria Survey - Update Video!


Nerdfighteria Survey - Update Video!

Hi all!

I just wanted to let you know about my vlog updating Nerdfighters on the Nerdfighteria Survey so many of you participated in in June.

This is my first vlog, so bear with me on the quality, please - I’m still learning! I have so much respect for people who do this every day. It was was a lot harder than I thought it would be, haha.

The vlog makes sure to once again thank you all for being so amazing and helpful by spreading the word about the survey. Thank you also to all of you who were able to respond - we managed to collect an entire 1000 responses! Check out the vlog for the demographics of those who responded (gender, age, country etc.).

I’ll be releasing another vlog around December with further results and a more in-depth analysis, once I’ve finished the work, so keep an eye on my Tumblr or YouTube page.

Here’s the link:


If you’d like to help spread the word, please reblog this post as well!

Thanks again and DFTBA!


Thanks a jillion to everyone who filled out the survey!