Boys and Their Toys: Understanding Men by Understanding by Bill Adler Jr.

By Bill Adler Jr.

Cellphones, mp3 avid gamers, pcs, autos, guitars, hi-tech energy lawnmowers...it usually turns out that males relate to their quite a few toys and contraptions greater than they do to even an important humans of their lives! "Boys and Their Toys" explains the advanced, intimate, and infrequently humorous relationships males have with their fabric possessions, in order that spouses, companions, and demanding others can use this information to enhance their human-to-human courting.

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They just don’t know. They’re uncertain, ambivalent, and rarely willing to reflect on this kind of question. To some extent, being able to attract women through a display of wealth is part of men’s fantasies. Men think that by buying a stylish gadget they can portray themselves as stylish, too. They’re like Charlie the Tuna in the old television commercials for StarKist tuna. In these advertisements, Charlie, who for some reason wants to be caught and transformed into a sandwich, does a number of things to demonstrate that he has good taste, including dressing in fancy clothes.

It may have the solid, stalwart feel of a typewriter, but it’s still a computer keyboard. 46 Boys and Their Toys phone. I want to come clean about that: I replaced my wonderful, potent, Omnikey keyboard for one of those common, runof-the-mill squishy keyboards that let me type silently so that I could—occasionally—talk on the phone while doing something else. This wasn’t a voluntary act on my part: I was compelled to replace the keyboard because I’m a guy and am compelled to type and talk. I’m not sure if I wish I were different, and I think that most men feel the same way: Would it be better not to be compelled to fidget to avoid boredom?

Maybe they had no choice but to offer their nearly undivided attention. To borrow from the marines: They had to suck it up and focus on whatever, and more importantly, on whomever they were talking to. Yes, it was a simpler, gentler time before microcircuits gave boys these antiboredom toys. Perhaps men were bored back then, before Bill Gates and Steven Jobs and the folks at Intel made it possible for men to seek refuge from having to focus on one thing at a time. But they—we—dealt with not being able to multitask because we had no alternative, no way to escape having to mostly work on one thing at a time and talk to one person undistracted.

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