Why You Should Think Twice Before Dating An iPhone User

I'm an iPhone user and not ashamed of that fact. What I am ashamed about is that a study done about iPhone users' characteristics pretty much deems us a rotten, undatable bunch. And some of the results struck a chord.

A company called Retrevo did what they call a "Gadgetology study" to gather up information about the typical iPhone user. While it's not exactly a flattering snapshot and the methodology behind the surveying process is a mystery, I'll be damned if some of the details don't hit home:

• One in three iPhone owners has texted or emailed their significant other to break up.

Yes, I'm a horrible person and have done this. I was even oh-so-sensitive and wrote "Let's make like a city in Croatia and Split." Suffice to say, it didn't go over too well.

• One in four iPhone users has broken up with their partner because that person spent too much time on their mobile device.

While I can't say that I've done this yet, it's actually a persistent fear that it'll happen to me because I'm the one who spends too much time with my phone.

• One in three iPhone owners say that, if their partner had out-of-date gadgets, it would be a turnoff.

At first I shook my head about this statistic, but then I recalled pleading with an ex that he accept a shiny, new phone as a gift because his was "so old that no one even makes apps for it." Good God, this survey is making me feel worse and worse so I'll refrain from commenting about this last statistic, but I'd suggest that some of the "adult material" might come in the form of MMS messages or email attachments, but I, ahem, I wouldn't know:

• One in five iPhone owners admits to frequently watching "adult material" on their iPhones. (Twice as many as BlackBerry owners).

The rest of the results are over on the Retrevo site, take a look and then let's talk about what horrible people we are (or how you're a far better person than I). [Retrevo via TUAE]



    I can't help but notice a lack of comment on that last iPhone user fact! But yes I feel like an arse waiting to happen now

    Good thing I own an Ipod Touch not an iPhone

      Oh, some things can still happen with an iPod Touch..haha

    So the general consensus is that those who buy the most expensive and popular gadgets tend to be shallow and materialistic... a conclusions which is in itself sound but which doesn't really apply to tech-geeks like us as we buy them for our interest in technology, not our interest in having what's in fashion and will show our level of wealth and taste. I have a second gen sony ebook reader because i like reading sci-fi sagas that wouldn't fit in my bag otherwise, however the only other people I know who own them have no real interest in large books or out-of-print media and instead buy them for the gimmick of talking to strangers about them when they're sitting in the coffee shop reading twilight.
    You cant really apply studies like the one mentioned to a demographic like ours, because our motivation differs from that of the general public/casual consumer.
    I must admit to the last one though.. largely because the novelty of carrying porn in your pocket all day leaves me as amused as a three year old with a bag of ether.

    haha funny stuff! I'm never trusting anyone with an iphone again!

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