It's a classic situation. Before the era of smartphones and GPS tracking, when my husband would take the wrong exit on the freeway, a quiet war would begin. "Should we ask for directions?," I'd ask.
I'm sure you know how this all-too-common road trip story ends.
Even in the age of GPS, however, there's still one other spot where your Mr.-Fix-It might exaggerate his abilities: Your home computer.
A study commissioned by Crucial, a computer hardware manufacturer, looked into how much people actually know about fixing their computers. What it found was that two out of three men think that they'd rather take a DIY approach to fixing their computers.
I love the DIY movement, and two out of three men wanting to fix their computers is great. What the study also found, however, is that the number one hardware feature that slows down computers is RAM.
So that means more than 60% of men want to fix their computers, but only 8% can identify what's probably the biggest issue on their computer at this very moment.
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Not only that, but 46% of men surveyed rated themselves "extremely confident" about their ability to identify and fix problems with their computer. Here's what Crucial had to say about the results of its survey:
This new data demonstrates that while men are willing to fix computer issues and invest money for repairs, they don’t recognize a simple memory problem when they see it. In fact, our research shows that the least likely cause of memory-related issues, component failure, is the most suspected cause among consumers. Adding memory to a computer is an inexpensive way to rejuvenate an aging PC without having to shell out hundreds of dollars on a new system.
So being overconfident about your computer doesn't just slow it down, it could actually cost you money.