Technology has a firm grip on society, so much so that it is integrated even in relationships and dating. In a recent survey by online dating site Match.com, results revealed just how much gadget and technology use is affecting how people perceive their potential partners.
Surprisingly (or not), one of their results reveals iPhone users are more likely to judge Android users negatively.
The numbers are in and the results are interesting, to say the least. From gadget choice to dating etiquette and social media manners, these factors affect how people are perceived — at least by the 5,500 people over the age of 18 who participated in the survey.
Stereotype Or Reality
iPhone users are sometimes perceived as snobby and judgmental, but that's just a stereotype, right? Well, Match.com's survey revealed that there may just be some truth to that as iPhone users were seen to be 21 times more likely to perceive Android users negatively.
But don't turn your noses up yet, Android users because you're not off the hook either since Android users' are 15 times more likely to have a negative judgment of Apple users, a number lower than the former. Even so, it's still interesting to see how a simple choice of smart phone affects how people see each other.
However, regardless of your phone choice GenXers and Boomers, rather than millenials, are likely to judge your cracked phone screen. In fact, 86 percent of women are likely to judge a man negatively if his phone's screen is cracked.
Social Media Presence
Be careful with what you post because survey results show that people's perception of your social media activities are based on the content of your posts, photo quality, grammar, teeth and smile, as well as clothing. While we're at it, half of the participants find that constant social media activity is a turn off, and so are constant complaint posts on Facebook at a staggering 58 percent.
On the other hand, 26 percent of singles say that not being on social media at all is a turn on and so are real phone calls according to 29 percent of participants.
Perhaps the most obvious no-no for dating is answering your phone on the first date. 75 percent of participants agree on this, just as 66 percent of them agree that texting someone while on a date is a huge turn off. If you really don't know what to do with your phone on a first date, why not just keep it turned off? After all, 45 percent of singles agree that it's a turn on.
Just Binge Watch
Well, 270 percent of millenials find it attractive if you're binge-watching the same TV shows. It makes sense, after all. You'd already have an instant ice breaker and an activity to do together.
Funny enough, the results aren't really all that surprising. Regardless of whether you're single or attached, Match.com's survey results in a way calls people out on the unattractive things that they may or may not be aware that they're doing and affirms the nice things people do that are actually just basic proper etiquette.