Opinion Poll: Males are more adept at techy stuff. Agree?

@lexus54 (3576)
Singapore
June 28, 2007 9:14pm CST
I have this observation that generally, males are more adept at doing the techy stuff around the house. I am not talking about doing the household chores. It is about things like installing a new computer in the home or diagnosing a PC problem, getting a DVD player to work or programming a VCD or video player to record a TV programme, learning how all the various remote controls work, figuring out why a gadget doesn't come on when plugged into the electrical mains...and the list goes on. Somehow I find the womenfolk distance themselves from doing such things, and even if you want to teach them, they will put up a barrier to learning, like indrectly telling you that hey, you're the man in the house and it's your default responsibility. I think more often, it is because techy stuff is too complicating for them to mess around with, so why bother to learn?Does that happen in your home? Well, it does in mine. I wonder what will happen if there are no men around the house? Will the women then scream for outside help everytime some techy thing needs to be dealt with?
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• United States
29 Jun 07
I agree that most of the time it's like that. But not in my house. I know how to do a lot of that stuff. And if I don't, I can read an instruction manual just as well as a man. I've had to learn how to do stuff without my husband because he way away for a year at a time in Korea and then to Iraq. So I know how to do a lot.
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@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
29 Jun 07
Good for you. You certainly get my admiration. I guess in your case, circumstances 'force' you to have to learn and try and be self-reliant in such things. Ah, but if you husband were around and not overseas, would you have picked up the knowledge?
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• United States
29 Jun 07
I would like to thank so. But who knows what would have happened in that case. lol
• United States
29 Jun 07
I am the one who does all that stuff in my household. I set up the vcr's, computers, installed the home entertainment system, and know how to work the remotes. I am also the one that is up till 4 a.m. Christmas morning putting together bicycles and toys. My husband helps with heavy lifting, etc, but I do the actual techie work. He does the work on washer and dryers, plumbing, lawn mowers, etc.
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@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
30 Jun 07
You are a superwoman indeed! Great going. It looks like you and your husband work well together as a team, with organised division of labour.
@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
29 Jun 07
I seek to disagree. There are males who are equally as cumbersome as woman when it comes to techy stuff. Males are seen to be more adept because there are more males taking up the more manual and technical stuffs. As to your question what will happen if there are no man in the house. Have you ever asked the woman in your home? I am sure the women would be very independent and can do better than the man. Help is only a phone call away. The job can be done much faster by an expert! Women have been known to be very versatile and flexible. It is precisely there is a man in the house that the woman gives way to man to boost their ego. If woman were to take up such tasks meant for man, where would the man stand. It is similar to asking why woman are more adept at household chores. LOL. Males and female have their specific roles on earth.
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@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
30 Jun 07
Thank you for responding. I agree that in some households, females can be good at the techy stuff, but I think if you take a poll around, you will likely find more instances of males taking up this challenge or initiative. Definitely so in my household. The womenfolk here wouldn't even want to touch these things. They are very averse to it somehow, even if I want to teach them. But I respect your views and shall not generalize.
@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
29 Jun 07
I think men enjoy doing it more and for women it is more a chore. I am more able to hook up the tech stuff in my house that my man but he still tries to do it if he is around (I will fix it later) LOL. When it comes to the cars it is all him and I do shy away from wanting anything to do with it. That could be a personal preference though rather than a gender thing. Could be how we are raised too though. I have a girl and 2 boys and I bought her the dollies and dishes and them the tools and trucks.
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@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
29 Jun 07
Thanks for sharing. This thing about whether related to gender - is an interesting one. Somehow I think sometimes the men may feel also that techy things are more macho and men should take the initiative to do them. Maybe men will feel odd if they sit around, and the women are fixing the gadgets or a techy problem...haha. I'm not that sensitive about such things though.
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@squaretile (3833)
• Singapore
29 Jun 07
yup i think it's true because males buy the stuff that they like and hence naturally understand. for me, it also depends on the dynamics of the household. for instance when i was living with my parents i would know how to run the various video players etc. my dad would as well, but my mum wouldn't. now that i'm married, I can't figure out the three remote controls that control cable tv, the dvd player and the tv itself. it's too complex. so i just ask my hubby, which one do i press to get this channel?
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