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The Android vs. iPhone debate is as old as time itself – or around 8 years old if you’re speaking more literally. Since the operating system was introduced in 2008, Android users have boasted about the wide range of devices the operating system is available on, and the freedom users have to tweak and customize every aspect of their phone.
iPhone users, on the other hand, have always touted the elegant design, solid performance, and ease of use of their mobile devices. While Android and iPhone fans vigorously debate which OS is better on online discussion forums and comments sections, just how far does the debate extend in to real life? Well, quite a ways, apparently – according to a recent survey of over 5,500 singles aged 18 and over by dating site Match.com, your choice of mobile phone may attract or deter potential suitors.
The survey, titled Match’s Singles in America survey, analyzed the dating preferences of today’s generation, delving into love, sex, marriage, apps, and yes, even phone preference. According to the survey, Android users are 15x more likely to “judge someone negatively for having an iPhone.”
iPhone users are 21x more likely to judge someone negatively for using an Android phone. Think that’s hard to believe? iPhone users are even more likely to turn their noses up at potential suitors who favor Android phones – the survey claims they are 21x more likely to judge someone negatively for using an Android phone. And you’d better have a newer model phone if you’re looking to attract dates, says the survey – those who have older models of phones are 56% less likely to get a date.
The survey covered several other aspects of smartphone behavior and how they affect “dateability” as well. “Be wary of what you post,” the survey warns, as potential suitors tend to base a large percentage of their opinion on you according to your social media posts – 42% of it, to be exact. Your posts matter just as much as the photos on your dating profile, claims the survey – more than your grammar (39%), your teeth and smile (37%), and your clothing (35%).
58% of those surveyed claimed that complaining openly on Facebook was a turn-off, and 50% claimed that “constant social media activity” was a turn off. And while the content of your social media posts is important, it’s equally important to stay off of your phone during a date. 75% of those surveyed found answering a call on a first date to be a huge turn-off, 66% don’t want to you answering text messages on a date, and 58% claimed that they don’t even want to see your phone face up on the table during dinner or drinks.
If you want to impress your date, it’s best to just keep your phone off – 45% of singles surveyed claimed that keeping your phone “turned off and away altogether” is a turn-on.
The Singles in America survey is full of non-tech related information, as well. If you’d like to check out more statistics about relationships, sex, love, and general dating advice, check out the results of the survey here.