Mac People vs. PC People: What Your Gadget Says About You

Hunch, the latest project from Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake, just published an infographic chock full of data from a survey of 388,315 of the site's users. Even though Microsoft hasn't made a successful jump to the mobile space (see: endless iOS vs. Android fanboy fights on the Web), the inescapable Mac vs. PC argument is showing no signs of fading here in 2011.

Before diving in, keep in mind: Hunch's users are generally pretty tech savvy and on the leading edge of adopting new tech.

Hunch's blog notes, "We found that people who choose one or the other -- and 75 percent of the 400,000 people we asked did self-identify as either more Mac or PC -- exhibit very distinct demographics, personality traits, and aesthetic/food/media choices."

With Hunch finding that PC users prefer McDonald's fries while Mac people opt for bistro-style, this could get ugly. We've picked out some of the most interesting data points, but don't miss the full list here.

  • Mac users are 22 percent more likely than PC users to be ages 18 to 34, while PC people are more likely to be 35 to 49.
  • 36 percent of self-identifying PC users are liberal, while 58 percent of Mac people are.
  • 67 percent of Mac users have a degree from a four-year college (or higher) compared to 54 percent of PC users.
  • The cult of Mac is 13 percent more likely than PC users to say they're "unique and different."
  • PC users are 38 percent more likely to say they have a better grasp on mathematical concepts; Mac users are 12 percent more likely to say the same for verbal skills.
  • No surprise: Mac people label themselves "design enthusiasts."
  • PC users opt for the classic Americana of tuna fish, hero and patty melt sandwiches, while Mac users choose hummus, Bánh Mi and shawarma.
  • Interestingly, PC users are more likely to compare discussion about computers to "struggling with a foreign language," while Mac people are 21 percent more likely to consider themselves "computer-savvy gearheads."

Also check out Hunch's data on what your email address says about you.


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