Women and Gadgets

October 20th, 2010 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reported:

Men are more likely to rate technology as a necessity of life than women, a recent survey suggests.

I read this, and my first thought was no that is not right. Sure e-mail and web is important, but I’d rather go without them than without women.

But then I realised that what they meant should be expressed as:

Men are more likely than women to rate technology as a necessity of life, a recent survey suggests.

The importance of order in a sentence!

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38 Responses to “Women and Gadgets”

  1. Murray (8,835 comments) says:

    You do know that the title of this post is going to get a lot of hits from people who are going to be dissapointed by the result don’t you.

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  2. James Stephenson (1,885 comments) says:

    I was going to suggest that women may indeed rate gadgets as neccessity of life rather than men…

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  3. Pauleastbay (5,030 comments) says:

    Whose going to be the first shallow bastard to mention ” vibrators, I wonder?

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  4. fizzleplug (72 comments) says:

    Does technology include sexy fembots?

    Also: Women and gadgets. pics plz. KK thanx bai.

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  5. Murray (8,835 comments) says:

    That would be you Paul.

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  6. Steve Wrathall (207 comments) says:

    Transport minister makes speech on speed.

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  7. dime (8,746 comments) says:

    I always thought youd choose dudes over tech…

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  8. Pascal (2,015 comments) says:

    Odd. I filtered out the ludicrous implication and that gadgets were rated above women and understood it was referring to the importance men placed on gadgets versus the importance women place on gadgets. It was only when I read DPF’s comment that I had to go back and check.

    I wonder if part of that isn’t a different birth language where the structure could more closely mirror what you’d speak in your native tongue. Unfortunately I couldn’t see where the writer originated from.

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  9. RightNow (6,337 comments) says:

    Maurice Williamson did declare he was going to marry his iPad in a civil union. There must be some iPad apps I don’t know about.

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  10. OliverI (125 comments) says:

    Paul Henry on woman and technology… lol

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  11. bhudson (4,720 comments) says:

    Murray / Pauleastbay,

    No James Stephenson beat Paul to it by quite some minutes

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  12. Jimbob (639 comments) says:

    After a Woman has given you that look, you know the one that melts iron girders, your PC with a good internet connection is paradise. Women are needed for variety in life, but hey, everyone here knows how the system works.

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  13. Murray (8,835 comments) says:

    He didn’t use the word vibrator bhud.

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  14. voice of reason (491 comments) says:

    I am never surprised at the poor standard of writing in news reports, particularly the on-line versions.

    Last week it was reported that the “breaks” on a bus failed causing it to crash into 6 cars.

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  15. bhudson (4,720 comments) says:

    Murray,

    He didn’t. Very true. But it wasn’t half obvious…

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  16. Kris K (3,570 comments) says:

    Men are more likely to rate technology as a necessity of life than women …

    At least my gadgets don’t answer back, or ask me where I’ve been and where I’m going, they don’t have off days, they’re available 24-7 and every day of the month, they never misinterpret what I mean – whichever button I push is never the wrong button, they generally ‘light up’ when I enter the room, and they never ask me how much I love them immediately following the input of data …

    So perhaps the Herald had it right first time? ;)

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  17. Pascal (2,015 comments) says:

    bhudson

    But it wasn’t half obvious…

    It wasn’t.

    What is a hair straigtener? Or curling tongs? A mobile phone? A laptop? Or any variety of more mundane appliances that a woman could use in her normal, day to day life?

    I guess if your mind is in the gutter yeah, you’d read “This is a gadget” and think vibrator. Thank fuck there are normal people out there though.

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  18. Pauleastbay (5,030 comments) says:

    Far out Pascal

    I thought only total looney lefties were irony and humour impaired!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  19. Murray (8,835 comments) says:

    I believe you told us more about yourself than you did James bhud.

    You claiming the strangel hold on normality are you pascal?

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  20. James (1,338 comments) says:

    Considering the drudgery and back breaking effort technology has relived Women from re housework etc…and the freedom that it has given them to make their own way in life without needing male support I’m rather suprised…..but I guess the smaller brain hasn’t cottoned on to those facts yet…

    Yah!…….finally the big 1,000 posts! ;-0
    ;-)

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  21. Pascal (2,015 comments) says:

    Pauleastbay:

    I thought only total looney lefties were irony and humour impaired!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I had not realised that the whole “woman = sex object only” thing was meant to be funny. There’s quite a bit more to them, you know?

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  22. bhudson (4,720 comments) says:

    Pascal – lighten up. The comment wasn’t even demeaning. It was an agreement that the comment/thought would come out early. And it did. I notice James Stephenson hasn’t lept back to claim that he never intended that.

    It might show that i’ve got a sense of humour rather than a gutter mind. The “…” in James S’s comment made it all too obvious.

    Meanwhile, if you want to be overly precious about it, go right ahead

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  23. Brian Smaller (3,915 comments) says:

    I had not realised that the whole “woman = sex object only” thing was meant to be funny. There’s quite a bit more to them, you know?

    You mean they are not just sex objects?

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  24. Pauleastbay (5,030 comments) says:

    You mean they are not just sex objects?

    I’m with you Brian, but evidently there’s a bit more to them. 20 years married and I’m still learning.!!!!!

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  25. Murray (8,835 comments) says:

    They’re not? When did this happen????

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  26. Rex Widerstrom (5,124 comments) says:

    What, I have to be the one that kickstarts the “20 reasons why gadgets are better than women” meme?

    Well okay then…

    20. When your computer doesn’t go down on you, it’s a good thing.
    19. A computer doesn’t pop up reminders about how much more skilled its previous users were.

    Next… :-D

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  27. RRM (8,988 comments) says:

    …total looney lefties were irony and humour impaired…

    Apolitical humour to “The Left [this/that/the other]…” in only 18 posts. Sad really.
    Some of you lads really don’t have anything else at all going on in your lives do you?

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  28. RightNow (6,337 comments) says:

    I remember the days when a computer would happily accept a 3.5″ floppy

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  29. Pauleastbay (5,030 comments) says:

    ………………
    18 Computers don’t mind if you share them with a friend.

    17 No matter how ugly your computer is, you can show it to your friends.

    next …..

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  30. Hagues (711 comments) says:

    16. You can have a computer for at home, one for at work, and one for travelling with, and none of them get jealous.

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  31. Hagues (711 comments) says:

    15. A late model slim laptop doesn’t turn into a old bulky desktop when you sober up.

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  32. wreck1080 (3,522 comments) says:

    I read it the correct way first off, but it could be read like that ha ha.

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  33. lofty (1,295 comments) says:

    14. Men like gadgets cause they can fiddle with their knobs.

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  34. lofty (1,295 comments) says:

    13. Men like gadgets cause most of em are shaped like a box.

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  35. dad4justice (7,406 comments) says:

    I have more gadgets on my tractor than any dish washer woman. Oh no Pascal please keep your powder dry and legs lovely.

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  36. Rex Widerstrom (5,124 comments) says:

    d4j: What gadgets can a tractor possibly have? GPS? “At the end of this row, make a u-turn and drive down the next”.

    ;-) :-P

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  37. PaulL (5,774 comments) says:

    12: computers are easy to turn on

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  38. PaulL (5,774 comments) says:

    And since we started:

    Marriage is a 3-ring circus:
    Engagement ring, Wedding ring, and Suffering.
    ——————————————————
    The last fight was my fault.
    My wife asked,”What’s on the TV?”
    I said, “Dust!”
    ——————————————————
    Do you know the punishment for bigamy?
    Two mothers-in-law.
    ——————————————————
    A little boy asked his father,
    “Daddy, how much does it cost to get married?”
    And the father replied, “I don’t know, son, I’m still paying!”

    Thank you, thank you, I’ll be here all week.

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