I don’t mean to sound patronising, but men really amuse me sometimes. In particular, their fascination with gadgets. Not that I am suggesting that all men are fascinated by gadgetry, but let’s face it, a lot are.
In general, I find men to be a practical, pragmatic gender and consequently am frequently surprised by this love affair with all things gadgety.
What often happens in our house is that my partner (a man) will see something advertised that he instantly feels the need to acquire. In fact this need is so intense, the product must be bought without delay.
It is at this point that I question whether or not he has ever found himself in a position where he felt that his world would have been made so much more meaningful/simple/easy/happy/etc. if he had been in possession of said product at the time. I usually follow up this line of questioning with the predictable comment, ‘You’ll use it once and then it’ll be stuck in the back of the cupboard and forgotten about.’ Yes, it probably annoys him as much as wasting money annoys me.
My words are usually ignored or otherwise rejected and the product gets bought.
This all went down recently when my partner bought a juicer. Which he apparently desperately needed. He made a – it must be said – delicious carrot juice and then washed and packed away the juicer. Where is the juicer now, you may ask? In the same place he left it when he first (and last) used it over 2 years ago.
I rest my case.
Patronising: belittling/condescending/making someone feel less important than you
Gadget: tool or device that appears useful but is often unnecessary
Pragmatic: practical and sensible
Said product: grammatical construct to refer back to the previously discussed thing
Went down: (to go down): happen (slang)