What’s the best way to find a significant other? Browse through the few dozen online dating sites with their apps? Hit the bars? Go to church? Tag along with your prettiest (or, most handsome) friend?
Nope. None of the above. Apparently, all that’s necessary is to own an iPhone. Thanks to various and sundry surveys and polls through the years, we all know that Apple’s customers have higher education, more disposable incomes, greater wealth or assets. How does that translate for single iPhone users? In a good way.
‘No Android For Me!’
If you think humans exhibit prejudices based upon religion or looks, wealth and status, then you’re completely correct in your assumptions. We’re a prejudiced species. Match.com did a survey and found that iPhone users are 21 times more likely to judge Android smartphone users negatively. What about the other way around?
Android smartphone users are merely 15 times more likely to judge iPhone users negatively. Iipso facto and Voila! iPhone users are snootier than Android users. To be fair, the survey also covered the basics in attraction; both iPhone and Android smartphone users don’t like bad grammar, crooked or discolored teeth, unfashionable clothing, but those considerations probably applied to relationships 30 years ago, long before mobile phones became a thing and back when dating apps didn’t exist.
One of the drawbacks that I noticed about communicating with Android smartphone users is the inability of Messages to determine if a message has been delivered to the opposing phone side. Between iPhone and iPhone (or Mac and iPad) the text message is marked as Delivered so you know they received your communication. Match.com also found that singles scour the social network web for information about a prospective first date found on the dating site, and any sign of dysfunction sets off alarms.
That, my friends, is more and obvious social media and technological bias. iPhone users tend to prefer iPhone users. Android sufferers are more comfortable among themselves. That makes the iPhone itself something of a dating app; or, maybe put another way, a dating platform. Just as birds of a feather flock together, and politics and religion have their own attractions, so does our technology brand. If you’re driving a BMW and live in a condo, would you be interested in a first date with a flip phone user driving a battered pickup truck who still lives on the farm with mom and dad?
Nope. Been there. Done that.
My preference for Apple products dates back many years with many dating years in-between, and I settled down with a technology hound who also appreciates Apple’s design aesthetic. Admittedly, I fell in love over a dinner out, some wine and chocolate, and the very obvious iPhone ringtone.