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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.
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.