Does your smartphone of choice say anything about your personality? Apparently, it does – according to this study by Lincoln and Lanchester Universities.
Anyone would have guessed people who chose Apple over Android might have made their choice based on the prestige, and they couldn’t be more right. However, the study found something very fascinating as they dug deeper.
They talked to 530 people over 2015 and 2016 about their phones and their feelings, and found that “iPhone owners are more likely to be female, younger, and increasingly concerned about their smartphone being viewed as a status object.”
However, internally, they also discovered that “key differences in personality were also observed with iPhone users displaying lower levels of Honesty-Humility and higher levels of emotionality.”
In human terms, that would mean that Apple users are more dishonest, and have bigger emotional fluctuations. Researcher David Ellis told Cnet in an interview that he and his team did have preconceptions.
“We expected that iPhone users would be younger and more extroverted for example,” he said. “We also predicted that iPhone users would be more likely to view their phone as a status object.”
While most of his preconceptions turned out to be true, Ellis did say, however, that his team were surprised to learn that iPhone users turned out to see themselves as less honest.
By the way, America’s incoming president Donald Trump is said to be “an Android person”.