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Viral Fridays: Android Users “More Honest, Humble” Than iPhone Users, Studies Say

Welcome to Unbox’s “Viral Fridays” where we feature weirder than usual tech and geek related news to cap out the week.

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Here’s an interesting tidbit for gadget enthusiasts. Android users are “more honest” and “more humble” than their iPhone-wielding counterparts, according to two recently published studies from two different researcher groups.

A team of UK researchers published their findings in the journal “Cyberpsychology, Behaviour and Social Networking.” The eggheads did the questionnaire routine on 500 smartphone users, asking plenty of questions on their personalities and mobile phone usage.

According to their data, iPhone users were likely to be “younger, more extroverted, more likely to see their phone as a status object, more than twice as likely to be women and less concerned about owning devices favored by most people.”

Android fans, on the other hand, were more likely to be “male, older, more honest and agreeable, less likely to break rules for personal gain and less interested in wealth and status.”

“In this study, we demonstrate for the first time that an individual’s choice of smartphone operating system can provide useful clues when it comes to predicting their personality and other individual characteristics,” Dr. David Ellis of Lancaster University, author of the study, remarked.

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Fellow UK researchers at the University of Lincoln also came up with similar conclusions in early September, noting that Android smartphone users have “great levels of honesty and humility, agreeableness and openness personality traits but are seen as less extroverted than Apple’s iPhone users.”

According to India tech blog BGR:

The researchers believe that this could be because iPhone users thought it was more important to have a high-status phone than Android users. The team from the University of Lincoln also found that women were twice more likely to own an iPhone than an Android device. However, most of the personality stereotypes did not occur in reality as only honesty and humility was found in greater amounts within Android users, the findings showed.

Source: New Zealand Herald, Slashdot

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9 Comments

  1. Hard to believe the “more honest and agreeable, less likely to break rules for personal gain” when ease of piracy is one of the main reasons why most people get Android.

    1. LOL the vast majority android users just install facebook and waze. not cracked apps

      but i have to agree that MANY iphone users are image-conscious social-climbing wannabes. whereas android users just want a phone that’s reasonably-priced that just works

      personally i use an alcatel flash plus 2. cheap. gets the job done for me. but i could certainly afford an iphone if i wanted to (i got millions just sitting in the banks, plus tens of millions in real estate assets). i routinely spend a hell of a lot more than the cost of an iphone on my other hobbies. iphones just don’t appeal to me. i think they suck

  2. Parang handbag mentality lang yan. Pag naka louis vuitton ang babae ang sarap ng status symbol feeling nila kahit merong mga mura na kasintibay ng vuitton. Obvious naman sa design ng iphone na for fashion statement ang target market. Vanity is part of female genes kaya nga mas mahilig silang bumili ng design over function objects.

  3. Na establish kc ng iPhone na luxury brand sya eh na sosyal ka pag naka iPhone ka, credits to their marketing team, eto na naman mga pinoy na hampas lupa sa kagustuhang makapagyabang at at maiangat ang social status image eh bibili ng iPhone sa kahit anong paraan, mangungutang, icacard, kukuha ng plan sa globe o smart, bibili ng second hand sa green hills o sa addict o sa snatcher mag ka iPhone lang, dami Kong nakikita at nakapagtataka bakit si ganito naka iPhone eh based sa income nya can’t afford nya un, nagawan n ng paraan makapagyabang lang, just my observation…

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