Posted by: David Harley | February 23, 2015

A headline of little importance

This is a depressing headline: Survey: Mac users more educated, less Harley-loving. 😉

It’s actually quite an old story (2011) that popped up in my search engine while I was looking for something completely different, but you may find it interesting. On the other hand, you might wonder whether the survey did a better job of reinforcing stereotypes than of providing useful insights. At least it apparently worked on a large dataset:

…it took answers from 388,315 people and then cross-referenced the data with other questionnaires in order to cull vital computing information.

I say apparently, because the survey has disappeared, apparently following the acquisition of Hunch – a site that made recommendations to users based on the tastes and opinions that they entered into the system – by eBay in 2011.

As you’ll already know if you tried to follow the link in that quote, hunch.com URLs now redirect to eBay, leaving only some amusing third-party commentary on untestable conclusions. Sometimes that feels like the internet in microcosm. I think I feel a conference abstract coming on.

David Harley

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