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What Do Women Know About Gadgets?

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What do women know about gadgets? The answer—more than you thought! 

Women, how many times have men made you feel like less than adequate in the tech department? Well, a recent Gadgetology study by Retrevo may vindicate you or at least give you a big boost in confidence. The study found that most men, 79 percent in fact, feel very secure about their technical knowledge while women appeared less self-assured. An ironic twist however, revealed more women than men actually answered key tech questions correctly. 

Q: Do you consider yourself electronics savvy

  • 79 percent of men said yes
  • 56 percent of women said yes 

Q: What does the technical abbreviation “MB” refer to in consumer technology? 

  • 15 percent of men answered wrong
  • 7 percent of women answered wrong 

(The correct answer is Megabyte—used typically to denote size of computer memory.)           

Q: What does 1080p refer to? 

  • 25 percent of men answered wrong
  • 17 percent of women answered wrong           

(1080p refers to the number of lines on an HDTV screen.) 

Further questioning demonstrated that women are much more realistic about their limitations; admitting they didn’t know an answer instead of “guessing” the wrong answer as did more of the men. Sound familiar? Sort of like asking directions instead of wondering around lost. 


Q: What does the technical abbreviation “MB” refer to in consumer technology?

  • 6 percent of men admitted to not knowing
  • 11 percent of women admitted to not knowing           

Q: What does 1080p refer to? 

  • 23 percent of men admitted to not knowing
  • 52 percent of women admitted to not knowing 

In another revealing question, the study found women appear to be more attached to their gadgets than men preferring their computers over caffeine. 

Q: Between your computer and caffeine, if you had to give up one item for the other, forever, which item would you give up? 

  • 25 percent of men answered computer
  • 18 percent of women answered computer 

Retrevo is your place to shop for popular electronics like GPS, HDTV, camcorders, and computer monitors. But Retrevo is taking no sides in this battle of the sexes for the right to claim most gadget-savyness. Rather, we welcome gadget enthusiast of any age or gender to participate in the joy of gadgets on their site. 

What do you think? Do women have more tech smarts than men? We want to hear from you. Leave a comment below. 

By Andrew Eisner of Retrevo

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