Boys and Their Toys: Understanding Men by Understanding Their Relationship with Gadgets

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Overview

"The key to understanding men is in understanding how they relate to their gadgets. Just because they may seem to show more interest in their computers...or their remote controls...or their fancy watches or their power mowers or their stereos...doesn't mean that their toys are really the most important things in their life. In Boys and Their Toys, bestselling author Bill Adler, Jr. explains how men use toys to assert their independence and freedom, relieve stress, connect to their lost childhood, and even express their nurturing side (without having to admit it). Written in Adler's fun, humorous style, the book reveals how women can:

• learn how a man's interest in particular ""toys"" can be used to predict his behavior

• know when a guy's passion for gadgets crosses the line into obsession and what to do about it

• take advantage of the human-gadget relationship to improve the human-human relationship

Smart and funny, Boys and Their Toys helps readers understand what makes their men tick...and grow closer with them in the process."

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Finally, the key to unlocking the puzzling behavior of the male species has been discovered by Adler (president, Adler & Robin Books; Outwitting Squirrels), who explains the dynamics of the man, woman, and gadget triad. Instead of being substitutes for a relationship, says Adler, gadgets serve as a reflection of a man's personality and meet his need for freedom, power, and independence. Gadgets also relieve stress and satisfy the need to fidget. Of particular interest is Adler's classification of men based on the kind of toys with which they played as children (e.g., Legos, magic sets, fire trucks). A smart, fun read; for all public libraries.


—Deborah Bigelow
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814473443
  • Publisher: AMACOM
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Adler, Jr. (Washington, DC) is the president of Adler & Robin Books, Inc., a book packaging company. He has written more than a dozen books, including the runaway bestseller Outwitting Squirrels. He has been featured on NPR, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, The Maury Povich Show, Hard Copy, and many other nationally syndicated programs.

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Table of Contents

"Acknowledgments, ix

Introduction, 1

How to Pick (or Adapt to) Your Man

Based on What Kind of Toy He Wants, 9

Toys Lure in Women, Just Like Good Worms Lure in Fish, 31

Toys Prevent Boredom and Thus Prevent Insanity (on the Part of Everyone That Bored Guys Come into Contact With), 37

Men Need to Be Spontaneous, and Toys Offer a Safe Way

to Maintain Their Youthful Spontaneity, 54

Gadgets Prevent Infidelity, 67

Men Hate Ambiguity, 75

Protector Toys: How Guys Expose Their Nurturing Side

Through Technology, Even if They Don't Know It, 80

Toys Help Relieve Stress in Men -- They Really Do, 96

The Whole Midlife Crisis Thing and Gadgets, 105

Girls and Their Curls: Women Like Stuff, Too,

and What This Means for Men, 121

The Dark Side: Men Use Gadgets to Fend Off Meaningful Conversations and Emotional Entanglements, 127

For Some Men, Gadgets Are a Substitute for Watching Sports 24/7: There Really Is No Such Thing as a Non-Gadget Guy (and You Should Be So Lucky to Be Married to This Kind of Man), 134

The Meaning of BlackBerry, 143

The Wile E. Coyote Phenomenon:

Why Are Men Undeterred by Gadget Failure?, 153

Postscript, 155

Index, 159"

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