Whenever I buy anything that needs to be assembled, I first pull out the instruction manual. How-tos and step by step instructions (even better if they are accompanied by pictures) are needed. Mrs. Fix-It I am not.
Recently, my husband put together our daughter's sand and water table. When I was cleaning up the cardboard and plastic bags that the various parts came in, I found a little bag with four screws. When I asked my husband whether they went to the table, he shrugged. Silly me asked him if he had consulted the instructions on how to properly put the table together. He scoffed and replied that the screws obviously weren't necessary since the sand and water table seemed perfectly sturdy without them.
Why do men eschew instruction manuals and directions so much?
Ever wonder how early men's disdain for instruction manuals actually begins?
A few weeks ago, I was watching our friends' son. He is about 4. I had a glimpse at how Emily will be in two years. Sometimes they seem to have a wisdom that belies their age and other times they just make you laugh at their drama over the mundane.
We'll call him Sam. Sam had pulled out an instruction manual for the Wii and immediately threw it on the ground as though it was on fire when he realized what it was.
He made a face and said, "Blah. Instruction manuals are for stupid men."
Uh, okay. My response, "Well, sometimes we need them to make something work."
"Nuh, ah," he replied. No amount of persuasion could dissuade him of the notion that sometimes we DO need to read an instruction manual.
This makes me wonder if maybe men and their antagonism with instructions is genetic?
What do you think?
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