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iPad Owners Are 'Selfish Elites' 780

Posted by CmdrTaco
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An anonymous reader writes "It's not exactly official, but should also surprise no one: According to a new study the psychological profile of iPad owners can be summed up as 'selfish elites' while have-not critics are 'independent geeks.' Consumer research firm MyType conducted the study, in which opinions of 20,000 people were analyzed between March and May. The firm's conclusion was that iPad owners tend to be wealthy, sophisticated, highly educated and disproportionately interested in business and finance, while they scored terribly in the areas of altruism and kindness. In other words, 'selfish elites.'"
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iPad Owners Are 'Selfish Elites'

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  • Generalization time (Score:5, Informative)

    by Pojut (1027544) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @09:06AM (#33043288) Homepage

    Nearly every Apple *fan* that I've met has been a pretentious prick. Now now, I don't mean if you use Apple products you are automatically a prick...but Apple fanboys(girls) are rabid on a level that is just plain scary.

    For the record, I personally think Apple makes decent products, they just aren't for me.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @09:19AM (#33043500)

    The firm's conclusion was that non-iPad owners THINK iPad owners tend to be wealthy, sophisticated, highly educated and disproportionately interested in business and finance, while they scored terribly in the areas of altruism and kindness.

    Fixed. What a stupid study. How about you actually see what iPad owners are like, rather than ask people what their opinions of iPad owners are?

    Well I don't think anybody would self-identify as a selfish elite...

  • by e065c8515d206cb0e190 (1785896) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @09:21AM (#33043532)
    "tend to" != "are all"
    You're the troll.
  • by Fnkmaster (89084) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @09:31AM (#33043704)

    I think you misunderstood the study. From the source [scribd.com], it appears that they assessed personality characteristics based on answers to questions in a survey, and compared to self-reported iPad ownership status.

    So in fact it *is* the case that iPad owners are more selfish, less altruistic, etc., or at least that they admitted to less altrustic, less kind behaviors in the study (whether admitted behavior and self-perception is somehow influenced by the fact that you just got them to admit to being an iPad owner is a fair question).

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @09:34AM (#33043748)

    You're thinking of android. Apple, unlike Google has never exercised the ability to remove installed apps from user's phones.

  • Not a troll (Score:5, Informative)

    by elrous0 (869638) * on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @09:44AM (#33043904)
    This isn't some Mac-basher's blog post, it's an article in Wired that cites a real study. And it's relevant to techies (Wired certainly thought so too).
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @10:01AM (#33044184)

    Guess it depends on your definition of "non-essential".

    My clinic, which is in a large metro-area hospital, is now using iPads. We are on an EMR that offers an iPhone/iPad app. Instead of facing away from the patient to review clinical data, we can use it like we did years ago with the clip board, face to face. A few touches, a few swipes, don't have to have my back to the patient.

    I think this is highly essential to progressing in the EMR space, without alienating the client.

  • by FreonTrip (694097) <freontrip AT gmail DOT com> on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @10:29AM (#33044668)
    And in your "deduction" you've engaged in the same kind of reductive judgment-passing of which the grandparent is guilty. Some people will vocally dislike things you enjoy. Their vitriol doesn't validate conducting yourself as a prick.
  • Re:Not a troll (Score:4, Informative)

    by gstoddart (321705) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @10:58AM (#33045048) Homepage

    This isn't some Mac-basher's blog post, it's an article in Wired that cites a real study.

    A survey of 20,000 Facebook users isn't a "study". It's an opinion poll from a skewed subset of the population.

  • MyType.com (Score:3, Informative)

    by westlake (615356) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @11:15AM (#33045358)

    If you are wondering where MyType is coming from, look no further:

    Discover your personality type. [mytype.com]

    MyType Online Dating [mytype.com.au]

    Help us with MyType (Facebook App) [intjforum.com]

    INTJ Forum.

    "Masterminds, Innovators, Villians, Virgins" The perfect geek hang-out.

  • by silentcoder (1241496) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @11:57AM (#33046158) Homepage

    >The documentary Macheads [imdb.com] sums this up pretty well. There was a hipster in that doc that refused to date men who owned a PC

    She didn't say "date" however, she said SLEEP with. Sorry, using a PC even rules you out as a one-night-stand.

    That hipster was Violet Blue - sex columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and one of the more famous of the 3rd-generation sex-positive feminists. Also the author of "The smart girls guide to porn" - her blog is tinynibbles.com (blog contains sex ed, opinion pieces and porn reviews - NSFW - you have been warned) yeah I hate apple but I'm a big fan of her work.

    Actually despite her love for Apple products - her nature and job has made her quite a vocal critic of Steve Jobs's anti-porn crusade. ...come to think of it... I wonder how she feels about Linux users... maybe a gray area... the kind where alcohol can tip the scales... I can but dream...

    Oh come now - seriously - a pornloving, sexuality expert from San Francisco... can you IMAGINE the tricks she would know ?

  • by Jeremiah Cornelius (137) * on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @12:54PM (#33047100) Homepage Journal

    Netflix. eMail and eBooks without eyestrain. Paint programs, with reasonable touch surface.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @12:57PM (#33047166)

    Interesting. You defended apple when their products were absolute shit. now that they make something decent you're a rabid anti-fanboy.

    I was a linux Fanboi for years. Never used windows 95, 98. Hated apple with a passion. Then they went OSX and made the mac almost acceptable. Then they released Leopard and Snow Leopard. I'm now using Macs full time, and have a windows Virtual Machine for my office crap. I'm not asking you to embrace apple's management. But their technology is better now than ever before.

  • by Duradin (1261418) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @01:03PM (#33047268)

    ./, where (willful or feigned) ignorance is insightful.

  • Re:Not a troll (Score:3, Informative)

    by jstomel (985001) on Tuesday July 27, 2010 @05:52PM (#33051182)
    I have an ipad and I've never even used facebook. Or myspace or twitter or friendster or anything like that. The other ipad users I know (which is admittedly only two) either don't use facebook or use it only rarely. I'm not sure I understand where your generalization is coming from.

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