It was 12:10 am when I was on Facebook recently. Normal updates, photos and meme’s on my timeline aside, a concise mobile update by a female caught my attention. It said “I’m not naked… are you?” I gasped a WTF. She isn’t the type who updates intentionally provocative messages, so I was understandably surprised. At first, I tried to decipher the tremendously cryptic nature of this update, because everyone is deep on Facebook. After 5 seconds of reasoning, I concluded, it was exactly what it looked like: a sext. It was followed by another update: “reply…” I had slipped into a severe spasm of LOL by then. It was obviously a text or private message going wrong. I texted, to caution her of this hilarious mishap (after 15mins, of course, when possibility of more updates lessened). She then deleted it and died of embarrassment.
Women are bad with technology. Which is like saying, men suck at cooking. It is only a generalized truth. But in light of above experience, my condescension found encouragement. There is also substantial evidence. For instance, there is a Sanjeev Kapoor to every Tarla Dalal, but is there a female equivalent to Bill Gates? If you were only focused on who belonged to which race, congrats! You’re a racist.
Women use computers with meager familiarity and impudent confidence. They are glad to hand their credit card over the counter, but taking money out of the ATM is a pain. They love texting, but can’t master the T9 dictionary. And, to them, video games are still something only kids play - THAT is where I draw the line and say, there should be laws against inept women using technology and insulting the warriors who preserve its integrity – men.
Women, obviously, don’t appreciate technology as men do. Men love their gadgets more than their women - it’s a silent truth. Technology was invented to benefit humans collectively. It was not a gender biased development. Yet, only men have perfected it.
I’m no expert myself, but I know enough to fix my PC problems. I function on some basic rules: If the hardware malfunctions, replace it. It’s all Chinese and irreparable. If the software fails, uninstall it, then reinstall. I’m a genius!
But then, women ask you the difference between hardware and software. And, that is how raunchy jokes come to be.
I don’t judge women by their default Windows wallpaper or preference of Firefox over Google Chrome, but outright ignorance of your OS is extreme. Obviously, owning gadgets – like all things intended to buy social acceptance – has become a thing to show off. A woman once promptly specified “it’s a laptop” when I called her device a ‘computer’; though she didn’t know her Windows version. She just knew it’s a hip thing to own and Facebook! It supports Facebook!!!!!!! :* <3 ;-)
Same goes for cell phones. Women don’t buy efficient phones, they buy pretty phones. The primary difference between a man and woman’s phone is: Men customize them internally with apps, widgets and overclocking, while women beautify externally, with bright stickers and glittery cases.
There are always inutile statistics trying to imply the progress women are making with computers and technology: “Teenage girls spend more time on the internet than teenage boys”. Of course they do! For uploading pictures and typing ”ty :)” to pubescent boys and perverts who comment, “Looking nice”, “Wow” and “Gorjussss”. That’s hardly progress.
However, not every female is inept with computers. Some are just as proficient as their male counterparts. I know women with cool and sophisticated blog layouts while mine looks war wrecked. They also Photoshop their profile pictures flawlessly and shop online with dynamic swiftness.
Women are not less enthusiastic about technology owing to any lack of intelligence. Computers are machines. Evolutionally, men have been in charge of machines, while women undertook domestic duties. Technology and computers are only advancement of machines and its application. Therefore, technological progress not fascinating women is understandable. That’s why, not many women are keen on IT careers. The same reason prevails for engineering guys being heavy hearted. Hopefully, with time, we will have a Bella Gates who will bring revolutionary change to technology in a way that appeals to women.
What society also needs is more gamer chicks, so we can eradicate the evil of Valentine’s day and celebrate love through multiplayer gaming violence.
Photo credit: Corie Howell