Girls like gadgets after all, taking toasters out of Valentine's day shopping lists advisable

Girls like gadgets after all, taking toasters out of Valentine's day shopping lists advisable
If you belong to the overly observant kind, you might have noticed that most of the people who write here on PhoneArena are dudes. And that should come as no surprise as guys tend to be more technologically inclined than girls.

But according to a recent survey conducted by the Consumer Electronics Association (or CEA for short), ladies are increasingly becoming more interested in consumer gadgetry. The gathered data indicates that 8 out of 10 are now expressing interest in consumer electronic products and 41% of these ladies define themselves as “very interested” in consumer electronics. This is an increase of 10% since an identical study was conducted in 2007.

When it comes to spending cash on gadgets, men are still the ones who spend more, but the gap is coming to a close. Over the past 12 months, guys spent about $728 on consumer electronics while ladies spent $61 less, or $667, to be more accurate. Back in 2007, the difference between these two spending estimates stood at about $200.

Interestingly, the study shows that women take part in most purchases of consumer electronic products. Over six out of ten female respondents confirmed that they initiated or were involved in a purchase of such. However, ladies are considerably less likely to claim a product as their own. According to the study, most of them consider consumer electronics as “household” products that can be shared between families and friends. When mobile gadgets are concerned, on the other hand (think smarphones, notebooks, and e-readers), women are more likely than men to claim them as their own.

So guys, keep all that in mind when you are out looking for a Valentine's day gift for your significant other. Perhaps, grabbing a new, shiny smartphone instead of that boring toaster would be a much better idea.

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22 Comments

1. nyamo

Posts: 274; Member since: Mar 19, 2011

thanks for the laugh nick, but i do agree. my wife over the last 2 years has become just as phone crazy as me (it is a double edged sword)

2. ladyhaly

Posts: 106; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

I'm female and it's weird--- this whole stereotyping thing. I agree that a lot of fellow females are just not interested; they just want a munch on the "cool" factor, but there ARE some females like me who know more about electronics and smartphones, to be specific, compared to the average male. My boyfriend, for example. And co-workers. -_- Sad thing is some of them don't even know the difference between AMOLED and LCD screens. Granted, I used not have very little idea too, and the knowledge I garnered up until I got my first Android (HTC Desire HD back in 2010) were mostly because of reading stuff experience with flashing a Windows Mobile phone (Samsung Omnia I). So I guess I'm not really your typical female--- because I'm a journalist at heart and I like to know. Right now, I'm writing a step-by-step tutorial on how to unlock the bootloader and acquire root access to the HTC ChaCha because a lot of people are giving out wrong steps especially with rooting by providing the Doomlord tool which is the zergrush exploit, which is not working anymore as it has been fixed by firmware updates (to be posted on XDA Forums). My boyfriend is glad because he said he will finally understand what "unlocking the bootloader" and "rooting" means! XD I'm sure there are other females out there like me--- who read reviews and look at specs (and actually understand them) of several devices and get to know the product as in-dept as possible before making a purchase, who actually use Google and read stuff before asking questions and who aren't afraid to register on forums and ask questions if unsure... Who are interested in rooting their devices (well, for me, just my ChaCha... My Sensation XE and Desire HD are to remain with the stock ROM until two years after their purchase are over since I have no problem with stock ROM). Yes, I love make up. I collect them and study how to apply them. I'm even interested in getting a license and doing further study in order to be a pro. I love to dress up. I love cute things. I love peach and pink. I have a collection of books and love to study. I'm a Registered Nurse. I love shopping. I play games (mostly PC games) and would love to someday purchase a gaming laptop once I have enough money. But I also love electronics--- smartphones, headphones, tablets, laptops... Of all kinds. If I had enough money, I'd go off and buy a HTC Sensation XL, Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S, Samsung Galaxy S II as well as an HTC Titan and open up a tech blog in order to post reviews and related articles... Heck, even an iPhone 4S (though it'd be the last purchase on my list because I don't like the whole deal with how Foxconn treats its workers/employees) just to do in-depth reviews of each devices and post application recommendations and other useful stuff--- such as accessories and reviews of cases or bumpers or other accessories/protectors. So this stereotyping thing... It's weird. And somewhat bordering on offensive.

7. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Agree with you, I even think your tech knowledge is already quadruple compared to mine and I am a guy who is interested in tech stuff. But in my case most females I know (co-workers) doesn't bother on what they have esp. gadgets, anything that pleases them is already okay with them. But I also know a handful of Ladies that read and do research to most tech stuff that they want to buy before they actually buy it. . . I also think that more ladies think first before they buy stuff, whereas we gents when we see something that pleases our soul/taste and we have the money we go get it asap. But today I think more ladies are already more techy than most guys out there. . .

11. m.garz

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 08, 2010

^why would a comment like this get a thumbs down?

14. ladyhaly

Posts: 106; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Some women are becoming more and more aware that just because ads say it's "magical" doesn't mean it's the only magical device out there. I highly encourage this, as awareness is a good thing. It allows us to make our own decisions and be independent--- as well as allow us to save loads of money and avoid buyer's regret.

17. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Bulls eye. esp the save loads of money part. BTW, nice to know I'm not the only one here in PA from the Pearl of the Orient Seas.

3. ladyhaly

Posts: 106; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

And what the hell would I do with a toaster?

4. Nick_T

Posts: 186; Member since: May 27, 2011

Thanks for sharing, ladyhaly! It is awesome knowing that ladies like you can be found out there.

10. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

make me my breakfast women

13. ladyhaly

Posts: 106; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

You forgot to spellcheck.

18. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

BAZINGA

20. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

You mean grammar, it's still a word. Typical stupid woman.

5. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Hohoho! Ever heard a lady say "I cannot without my cellphone, it's my life??"

12. m.garz

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 08, 2010

her phone vibrates..

15. ladyhaly

Posts: 106; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Ever heard a gentleman say, "I cannot live without my cellphone. It's my life!"? (Yes, I corrected it. Bit of a Grammar Nazi here. Just a bit.)

6. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

*Cannot live i mean :D

8. jellytime

Posts: 135; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Women like gadgets. Kitchen gadgets. Jk

9. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

I see what you did there. ^____^

16. ladyhaly

Posts: 106; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Oh yes. Without us, men will starve. JK

19. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

I'll admit that. My wife is a far better cook than I am

21. CUL8TR

Posts: 57; Member since: Feb 01, 2012

LADYHAZEL LIKE IT WE LIKE IT KEEP IT UP NICE TO NO WOMEN GIRLS ARE INTO GADGETS

22. CUL8TR

Posts: 57; Member since: Feb 01, 2012

LADYHALY IN WHICH TERMS ARE U REFERING TO HUMAN NATURE OR NEED WANT

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