Are you an early adopter or just a jerk?
I was reading this story over at Engadget that tells of an online study — It’s always some online study these days, isn’t it? Whatever happened to the malls and clipboards? — reporting that most tech heads are high in assertiveness, but low in modesty. The study seems to indicate that the lack of modesty may extend to other types of consumerism, luxury brand buying, early-adopters, etc.
I suppose that may well be true, but it mainly stood out because of the t-shirt from ThinkGeek. I know more than a few people that could use this t-shirt or at least a similar disclaimer. Personally I’m learning to let the stories of woe just wash over me. I’ll nod and put on a sympathetic face and just advise they call tech support. What always gets me is not the assumption that I will fix their tech issues, it’s the assumption that I want to do so. Like the “Computer Guy” post from last November, you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t. Help them out and you’re destined to forever be helping them in the future, which you will get tired of and eventually refuse, you jerk! Don’t help them and it’s simply unbelievable that you won’t give them a hand since you practically or actually do it for a living, you jerk! It’s in the same vein as needing something else to tell people when they ask what I do, because the first question is always “Oh, can you build me a web site?” and 9 times out of 10, they’re not joking.
I think from now on when someone asks me for computer help, I’ll start asking them for help in whatever area their 9 to 5 or hobbies are. About the only person I can think of that wouldn’t be bothered is my friend the RN, who took great delight in giving me a flu shot last year. He threatened to bring over a big rusty needle and tried to convince me that the shot had to be administered in the ass (no pun intended).