At Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona last week, INQ Mobile CEO, Frank Meehan, quipped to Mashable:
“If you go to a nightclub in any city in the world, the pretty girl has an iPhone or a BlackBerry,” Meehan told Mashable.
“She doesn’t have an Android phone. She has no emotional attachment to an Android phone. It’s too complicated. It’s a geek device, it’s all wrong.”
Indeed, how can girls in nightclubs be expected to dance to Gaga, hold a pout and use a handset running on an open-source mobile operating system at the same time?
Perhaps it’s fair to comment that different handsets and mobile operating systems are marketed at different people with different lifestyles.
But it’s frustrating that Meehan reduces female use of technology to aesthetic qualities only.
Considering the massive gender inequality in the technology industry, tech top dogs making narrow-minded observations to reinforce gender stereotypes is a bit of a no-go.
Also, if you’re a pretty geek or a pretty male, what phone do you use then, Mr Meehan?