Android users in North America are more likely than other handset owners to put out on a first date. But if you do find yourself benefiting from that statistic, another finding means you might want to be wary of touching your new buddy’s handset.
The first stats come from dating site Match.com. It conducted a survey but hasn’t yet released the full data, so it’s worth bearing in mind that the closeness of some of the stats may well mean there’s little statistical significance in the “rankings”. But let’s not allow that to spoil the stereotyping.
The survey, of people who are currently single, found 62% of Android users have slept with someone on the first date, compared with 57% for iPhones and 48% for BlackBerry. There’s no figure for Windows, but then again if you set your heart on a Windows Phone 7 handset, you’re probably used to delayed gratification.
Of the respondents, Android users were also most likely to have had a one night stand. It may well be that the smartphone is a correlation red herring: Android users are also most likely by some distance (72% compared with 58% for iPhone and 50% for Blackberry) to have used an online dating site, which could be a better indication of sealing the deal on day one.
Meanwhile another survey suggests Android users are most likely (87%) to have used their smartphone while on the toilet, with BlackBerry (84%) a solid number two and iPhone coming last at 77%. That may well back-up a recent British study that found 92% people had some form of bacteria on their phones, with 16% of handsets harboring E.coli.
Overall people were most likely to be texting (67%), with 63% taking calls but only 41% making calls. A mere 38% said they’d used the web while in their porcelain office, though these figures don’t appear to include tablet users, which would surely boost the numbers.
Rather bizarrely, just 20 percent of women and 30 percent of men agreed that “I don’t go to the bathroom without my mobile phone.” The female figure I can understand given the use of handbags, but aside from getting up in the middle of the night, I can’t believe that many men ever have their phones anywhere but in their pocket.