Have you always been confused every time you are about to buy a new smartphone? Has it been the hardware which has left you perplexed or the software which makes the future ambiguous? According to a new study, the way you choose between an Android smartphone or an iPhone reveals some important personality traits. In a world where more than 90 percent of the smartphones are occupied by iOS and Android, smartphones, with preference personalisation, have become an extension of our psyche. Psychologists and researchers at England’s Lancaster University completed and published the study and published in Science Daily. Smartphones have become a small digital version of ourselves as they store so much information about us, apart from the psychology behind choosing the device. Interestingly, the research showed that Android users are more honest than iPhone users.
The research was based on a study of 500 people in the UK, where they were provided with a questionnaire which asked the people about themselves and their approach towards their mobile devices. The research showed the following results. According to the study, Apple iPhone users were, ‘younger’, ‘more than twice as likely to be women’, ‘more likely to see their phone as a status object’, ‘more extraverted’ and ‘less concerned about owning devices favoured by most people’. Meanwhile, Android smartphone users were, likely to be, ‘male’, ‘older’, ‘more honest, ‘more agreeable’, ‘less likely to break rules for personal gain’, ‘less interested in wealth and status’.
Lancaster University’s Dr David Ellis who is a co-researcher in the study told Science Daily that it is the first time that a study shows how a person’s choice of a mobile device and OS ‘can provide useful clues when it comes to predicting their personality and other individual characteristics.’ In another study, researchers have reportedly developed a game which can predict what kind of smartphone you use, based on the basic differences found in the users of iPhone and Android devices.