Your Smartphone Is Not A Reflection Of Who You Are

A UK study wants us to believe Android users are more honest and humble than their iPhone counterparts

Sep 02, 2016 at 2:37 PM ET

While your choice in smartphone might speak to your technological sensibilities, there are those who believe it says something about you as a person in general. Android and iPhone fanatics love nothing more than to over-identify with their phone of choice and debate the differences between themselves. But now the ante has been raised, thanks to a pair of ridiculous studies from researchers at the University of Lincoln School Of Psychology, which purports that Android users are more honest and humble than iPhone users. Yes, people really spent time, effort, and resources on this.

According to the Daily Mail, University of Lincoln researcher Heather Shaw first conducted a survey of 240 people asking what characteristics they associate with with different types of smartphone users. The results, which sound like they were made up on an obscure Android Reddit thread, revealed that Android users are more honest and humble. Furthermore, the survey found that Android users are believed to be more kind and open, while somehow being less extroverted than iPhone users at the same time. Huh?

The second study then put the results of the first study to the mat. It tested the results against the personality traits of 530 more people, siding with the assessment that Android users are more humble and honest. Shaw said, “Smartphone choice is the most basic level of smartphone personalization, and even this can tell us a lot about the user.”

This is a vast generalization much like one you’d draw out of a teeny bopper magazine quiz. There are an estimated 100 million iPhone users in the U.S. alone, and even more Android users. There was bound to be some sort of a nebulous correlation between a smartphone user and a vague (not to mention subjective) personality trait.

Similar studies have popped up before in various forms over the years. In 2013, Australian telecommunications company Telstra found that iPhone users are “extroverts who enjoy traveling, playing sports, entertaining at home, and such personal luxuries as massages and facials.” What? Where did that come from?

A slightly better study would be an actual dissection of the economics behind people’s smartphone choice. The economic divide between Android and iPhone users is something that has been discussed and is based on a very tangible thing. At this point, a study which concluded that Android users wear fedoras more often than iPhone users would make more sense.