If you've ever put an Android user and an iPhone user in the same room and made them discuss the advantages of their preferred mobile operating system, you've probably witnessed the equivalent of a small-scale war. Those folks may start with rational assessments of software, but they're likely to wind up hurling insults at each other.
The sheer silliness of that aside, could there be some truth to the mocking and harsh words they scream? Let's look at some data.
The folks at decision-making site Hunch recently had design firm Column Five Media create the infographic you see below. The graphic used data Hunch collected between March 2009 and July 2011. (That means it includes details from more than 80 million aggregated and anonymous responses which came from about 700,000 individuals — about 15,000 of whom answered questions relating specifically to mobile operating system preferences.)
Based on the infographic, we can see that iPhone users tend to be well-traveled, well-educated, and prone to hanging up on telemarketers. They also may be in the habit of texting while driving.
Android users, on the other hand, don't tend to travel outside of the country, are likely to only have a high school diploma, and are kind enough to at least feign interest in telemarketers' sales pitches before ending a call.
As with any survey or data analysis of this nature, it's worth pointing out that correlation doesn't imply causation. This means that while there appears to be a certain behavior or preference pattern among users of a specific mobile operating system, it doesn't mean that this behavior or preference was caused by a mobile operating system. (In other words, the fact that I'm currently an iPhone user doesn't necessarily mean that I'm an optimistic jerk who sits around munching on healthy cereals.)
Take a close look at the infographic for more details. Do the statements made about your preferred mobile operating system sound accurate? Or are they so far off-base that you'll barely be able to stop laughing long enough to leave a comment?
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Rosa Golijan writes about tech here and there. She's obsessed with Twitter, loves to be liked on Facebook, and can be found lurking in various Google+ circles. She's also a bit of an optimistic jerk who is prone to sitting around while munching on healthy cereals.