Your choice of phone can reveal much more about your personality than you think.
A new study has found people who buy Android phones are more honest and humble than those who pick iPhones.
Meanwhile, Apple fans tend to be extroverted and likely to see their phone as a status object.
A group of researchers from the University of Lincoln and Lancaster University studied hundreds of people and their relationships with their phones.
They found Android users are more likely to be older, male, more honest and agreeable people who are less likely to break the rules for their own gain and less interested in wealth and status.
In contrast, the study found iPhone users are younger, more than twice as likely to be women, while being less concerned about owning a device favoured by most others.
This was the first study to show a link between people’s personality and the type of phone they choose, the researchers said.
‘Despite being very similar in functionality, current discourse and marketing campaigns suggest that key individual differences exist between users of these two devices,’ Dr Ellis and colleagues wrote in the study, published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.
‘However, this has never been investigated empirically.’
ANDROID USERS ARE LIKELY TO BE:
– More honest and agreeable
– Less likely to break rules for personal gain
– Less interested in wealth and status than iPhone users
IPHONE USERS ARE LIKELY TO BE:
– More likely to be women
– More extroverted
– More likely to see their phone as a status object
– Less concerned about owning devices favoured by most people
The researchers gave over 500 people several questionnaires about themselves and their attitudes towards their mobile phones.
In one study, the psychologists developed a computer programme that could predict what type of smartphone a person owned based on differences between iPhone and Android users.
‘In comparison to Android users, we found that iPhone owners are more likely to be female, younger, and increasingly concerned about their smartphone being viewed as a status object,’ the authors wrote.
‘Key differences in personality were also observed with iPhone users displaying lower levels of honesty–humility and higher levels of emotionality.’
The study is the first to show a person’s personality traits can be predicted based on their choice of phone.
‘It is becoming more and more apparent that smartphones are becoming a mini digital version of the user,’ said co-lead Heather Shaw from the University of Lincoln.
‘Many of us don’t like it when other people attempt to use our phones because it can reveal so much about us.’