Thursday, February 03, 2005

Men and Manuals

Women, help me out your male counterparts ever seem to read the manuals that come with the products they purchase? Or have they or will they ever ask for directions?

Men, help me out here...WHY NOT? Can you explain to me why it is so difficult to read the manual in order to know how to use the machinery or likes properly?

My BF bought a digital camera last summer. And it is a nice camera that can do a zillion and one things, but he wouldn't know that from looking at it. He read enough of the manual to turn it on and take a photograph. He doesn't know half the things that camera can do. I was the one who loaded the program onto the computer and the one who downloaded the photographs to the computer the first time. And it was simple to do after I read the directions in doing so. Just the other day I downloaded some more photographs and noticed he had downloaded them already. Of course the same photographs were downloaded 3 times to the same folder. Um, direction reading would have probably solved that problem.

Sometime last year, he bought a MP3 Player. Of course the music didn't already come on it and so I read the directions and very easily downloaded music for him. In order for him to learn how to do it, he just had me show him how. And to think he wants an IPod for his birthday.

Last year, I purchased a DVD player. I informed him he was not allowed to use it until he read the manual. He said he would just have his son do it for him. He claims he read the directions, but I think it was just the part on opening the door to put the dvd in because it starts on its own after that.

I believe reading manuals will help with the frustration down the road. But no, you men just don't do it. And I am not just picking on my BF. There are many more out there.

The other night I was getting my ass whooped (no, sickos not like that) in chess by
Jack, plus chatting with my nephew Idol and my friend Robert.

Robert had just purchased an IPod and told me he was downloading all his cds on there. I informed him I thought that took up a lot of space and he might want to download MP3s or covert his cds to MP3s. He asked me how. I said do you have Easy CD Creator and he said yes. I said use that program. He said but how. I said I don't know. Did you read the manual? NO.

I typed to
Jack and asked why don't men read manuals. He couldn't answer it outright. I think it is part of the man code that he can't discuss.

Like I said I was also talking to my nephew. He was wanting to send me a photo through the email, but didn't know how to attach the file. I attempted to walk him through it for a while, but he has an Apple and I Windows so I had no idea what I was doing on his end. He finally said screw it. And I then asked when he purchased the computer did he read the manual that came along with it? No. Well, actually he put in some other words, but No was the common answer.

So, men can you explain to me why you don't read the manuals when you purchase new electronics or such? Or women, can you explain to me why most of us read manuals when we purchase our males new electronics?

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