July 7, 2008 11:52 am

InventHelp’s Invention Girl was trolling the headlines the other day for the latest news on all things gadgetry when I came across this story: Are Gadget Fanatics Arrogant Jerks?

No! I instantly gasped; certainly not your favorite InventHelp employee! But, it turns out that a recent U.S. study concluded that tech junkies score high in assertiveness and leadership, but low in modesty.

In other words, we’re jerks.

The online study asked respondents to rate 20 unique personality traits on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being a “highest intensity mindset.” The study, which included 25,000 Americans, found that those who rated 5 on assertiveness were almost 70 percent more likely to have purchased a new computer in the last three years. They’re also just as likely to purchase a new cell phone when the latest model hits the shelves.

Sure, we all know the brand loyalists who wear nothing but designer labels, purchase top-shelf drinks and drive fancy luxury cars. They carry around new gadgets like a badge of honor, interested less in the device’s functions than the image it helps them to portray.

But, InventHelp’s Invention Girl can assure you that there are plenty of technophiles out there who appreciate new gadgets for their scientific engineering. Gadget fans don’t fit into any particular gender, class or demographic mold. But we do have a one thing in common: We recognize that progress in innovation helps everyone to stay better connected and better informed. Technology both extends our lives and improves the quality of our lives.

While InventHelp’s Invention Girl certainly doesn’t want to be thought of as a “jerk,” I guess it’s a small price to pay for being up on the latest and greatest that science has to offer!

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