Situation: You're out with friends having a good time. After a few drinks, the girls of the group are getting chatty and are starting to chick out. Before too long, you start seeing flashes out of the corner of your eye. Alleviating your fears, you realize it's not a lightning storm. Instead, the repeated blinking flashes are that of a digital camera – the girls are photographing themselves in different poses. You get roped in every once in a while, but you have your own conversation going. And when the night is over there are over 200 pictures of the outing,three of which you're in, the rest are of the girls posing for the camera.
Guys, please tell me that you've been there and have witnessed this increasingly-common phenomenon.
It's odd, yes. But girls aren't the only sex that own/have/use digital cameras. Guys have them, too. We just don't use the digital camera as a “let's take 55 photos of us over the next 10 minutes” device.
I'm a self-professed horrible photo-chronicler, but I love taking photos. When I get the camera out to take a photo, I'm doing so because I want to capture that particular moment and be able to tell a story about it later. I remember growing up and paging through my grandparents' photo albums. I could sit there for hours and listen to stories and watch history unfold. I think it funny if our photo albums (digital versions of) consisted of all those girl-posing photos. Imagine if we still had the need to develop all of our photos. Yikes.
So guys and girls are different when it comes to using digital cameras, among a great many other things. Does that mean that women are embracing new technology more than guys are? My thought would be that guys adopt, and use, technology much more than women. Apparently, that's not the case. According to a study done by the Oxygen Network (the female-owned and operated cable company), women own 6.6 gadgets to men's 6.9.
Another finding in the survey – 75% of the women surveyed would choose a plasma television over a diamond necklace. What happened to the diamond being the girl's best friend? I'm guessing that went out the door when the digital cameras, cell phones, iPods and flat screen televisions became the norm.
+ original post date: February 24, 2007 04:21 PM
+ categories: Pop Culture