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iPad Owners Are 'Selfish Elites'

CmdrTaco posted about 4 years ago | from the sounds-about-right dept.

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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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Was this study done by people who have jobs? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33043212)

Just wondering?

"Have Jobs"? (4, Funny)

TheVelvetFlamebait (986083) | about 4 years ago | (#33043602)

As in the way lesser men "find Jesus"? Then no. They are clearly heathens, intent on besmirching our saviour's good name.

(Apple fanbois, I keed, I keed! I have nothing but love your you and your deity!)

They are "obviousness investigators" (5, Insightful)

OeLeWaPpErKe (412765) | about 4 years ago | (#33043638)

In other news :

Expensive luxury products are bought by people with lots of money who want luxury for themselves. This probably goes for quite nearly all apple products.

- Captain Obvious

The iPad is not that bad (4, Insightful)

SlothDead (1251206) | about 4 years ago | (#33043222)

The way I see it the iPad/Phone/Apple in general is like a very large, beautiful prison cell. Sure, WE might walk far enough to reach the walls and be unhappy about it, but to the average consumer (who doesn't walk far and never reaches the walls), it feels like beautiful freedom. It's like the restrictions don't exists.

Re:The iPad is not that bad (1)

motorhead (82353) | about 4 years ago | (#33043272)

Good Grief!

Re:The iPad is not that bad (3, Insightful)

Abstrackt (609015) | about 4 years ago | (#33043378)

The way I see it the iPad/Phone/Apple in general is like a very large, beautiful prison cell. Sure, WE might walk far enough to reach the walls and be unhappy about it, but to the average consumer (who doesn't walk far and never reaches the walls), it feels like beautiful freedom. It's like the restrictions don't exists.

Sorry, but that's kind of a depressing analogy. It seems to me that most of the people with iPads are getting exactly the features they want or enough of the features they want that the ones they don't have don't matter. If I only wanted or needed a car on weekends and someone rented me a car Saturday and Sunday for a good rate I'd be happy with that, even if it wasn't ideal on long weekends.

I don't own any Apple products and I don't intend to any time soon (my wife breathes fire at the mere mention of an iPod) but they seem to make people happy.

Re:The iPad is not that bad (5, Insightful)

geminidomino (614729) | about 4 years ago | (#33043456)

It seems to me that most of the people with iPads are getting exactly the features they want

Well yeah, considering that, for most of them (judging by the iPhone users and other macfans), that consists of "it's shiny and makes me look hip."

Sometimes I think these people would pay a grand for an Etch-A-Sketch if it was white and smoothly-rounded.

Re:The iPad is not that bad (4, Insightful)

Anonymusing (1450747) | about 4 years ago | (#33043558)

Well yeah, considering that, for most of them (judging by the iPhone users and other macfans), that consists of "it's shiny and makes me look hip."

No, it's shiny and makes me look hip and it actually helps me do useful stuff in ways I couldn't before.

Re:The iPad is not that bad (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33043620)

it actually helps me do useful stuff in ways I couldn't before.

If you get the rubber band or a cover you wont have to hold your new Iphone that way any more.

overgeneralization (5, Insightful)

jDeepbeep (913892) | about 4 years ago | (#33043658)

Well yeah, considering that, for most of them (judging by the iPhone users and other macfans), that consists of "it's shiny and makes me look hip."

My mother has an iPad and she fits your gross generalization in no way whatsoever. In fact, she fits into a completely different category I would just call 'convenience based end user.' She cares almost nothing for what others think of her aside from how good her casserole was at the pot luck or if she was a good hostess for Thanksgiving. I'm really tired of the /. mentality on what an Apple product user is.

Re:The iPad is not that bad (5, Insightful)

MBGMorden (803437) | about 4 years ago | (#33043526)

The way I see it the iPad/Phone/Apple in general is like a very large, beautiful prison cell. Sure, WE might walk far enough to reach the walls and be unhappy about it, but to the average consumer (who doesn't walk far and never reaches the walls), it feels like beautiful freedom. It's like the restrictions don't exists.

Sorry, but that's kind of a depressing analogy. It seems to me that most of the people with iPads are getting exactly the features they want or enough of the features they want that the ones they don't have don't matter

So, pretty much exactly what he said, just worded a bit more cheerily?

Re:The iPad is not that bad (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33043380)

I reckon the above should be marked insightful rather than trolling. In some ways it is correct, although inflammatory.

Re:The iPad is not that bad (1)

Kenja (541830) | about 4 years ago | (#33043624)

So apps you paid for being uninstalled without your consent because Apple changed their mind, feels like freedom?

selfish elites = assholes? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33043226)

anon = troll?

capthcha = unseen

Duh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33043234)

Sounds like the owners of most Apple products.

Though, I have been considering an iPad for my technophobic grandfather-in-law, who "has no patience for" Microsoft Windows, OS X, or Ubuntu.

Re:Duh (5, Interesting)

grub (11606) | about 4 years ago | (#33043296)


Though, I have been considering an iPad for my technophobic grandfather-in-law, who "has no patience for" Microsoft Windows, OS X, or Ubuntu.

My dad is a techo-illiterate. A few months ago he came back from a trip to the US with an iPad (!!!) He was doing all sorts of whatever he does on it. I was quite blown away, here's a guy who never used or owned a computer suddenly buying this at age 75.

I was impressed enough with it that when they became available here (.ca) I picked one up. And I don't really have a butler...

.

Re:illiterate (1)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | about 4 years ago | (#33043678)

I was *Phone-illiterate*. I am solid enough on desktop Windows, but I was basically furious that Windows Mobile 6 didn't "do anything right". So being the absolutely perfect candidate customer, when my upgrade coupon came due, I said, "Hell, why not?" and grabbed an iPhone 3GS. I did spend just enough care to think a little long term, so that the GS bit proved important for the emergence of iOS 4.

So yeah, when iOS gets end-of-lifed, I'll decide about Android, but I didn't buy it for the hipness.

Sampling Bias? (5, Insightful)

BlkRb0t (1610449) | about 4 years ago | (#33043236)

Sampling Bias?

Re:Sampling Bias? (5, Insightful)

Anonymusing (1450747) | about 4 years ago | (#33043510)

My thought exactly. Maybe only elitist snobs took the survey? In fact, according to the study author [mytype.com] , the surveys were taken via Facebook, which I would expect already has a bias to it. (He also mispells the name of a another stat firm, Forrester.)

Secondly, they assume "selfish elites" based on people self-identifying themselves as "interested in business and finance". This is a purely psychographic correlation. They have made ZERO correlation to income levels or other economic demographics. This study is absolutely useless as a result: a homeless man interested in business and finance would still qualify as a "selfish elite" under these methods.

Re:Sampling Bias? (5, Interesting)

Dr. Eggman (932300) | about 4 years ago | (#33043606)

Brother, you ain't kidding:

From March through May of 2010, MyType surveyed over 20,000 of its users on Facebook

As much as I want to describe my self as a "self-directed young [person] who look[s] down on conformity and [is] interested in videogames, computers, electronics, science and the internet," I can't say that this study is even remotely non-baised.

Re:Sampling Bias? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33043634)

It is also an issue because our younger generation is measurably lower in "altruism and kindness" on surveys, but more charitable in reality. So it could be that people who tend to own them are just of the younger generation.

Seriously, I want to know (4, Insightful)

Tim C (15259) | about 4 years ago | (#33043244)

Is this site about news for nerds, or gratuitously bashing companies and/or their customers for no discernible logical reason?

Re:Seriously, I want to know (4, Insightful)

eldavojohn (898314) | about 4 years ago | (#33043372)

Is this site about news for nerds, or gratuitously bashing companies and/or their customers for no discernible logical reason?

This site is about generating readership and discourse because that leads to more ad views which is their primary source of income. You may accuse them of baiting the users to incite a veritable shitstorm of comments with a particular summary instead of having actual valuable content or you can claim that this is what interests nerds and therefore should be reported on. Both are true. Plus it's CmdrTaco editing which can be more volatile than the other editors.

I would posit that particularly resentful stories that are sure to create serious nerd carnage are accepted when they come from high profile sources. What I mean is that this is coming from Wired which has one of the higher approval ratings of nerd news out there and not some unknown site. You're free to go to the original source [mytype.com] for more data (which, ironically, is an unknown site but does a good job of visualizing the survey data).

Re:Seriously, I want to know (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33043374)

No it's really about slashvertisements. This is simply another one that is disguised better than others.

Re:Seriously, I want to know (3, Insightful)

gclef (96311) | about 4 years ago | (#33043552)

"C": Nerds sometimes enjoy gratuitously bashing companies and/or their customers for no discernible, logical reason.

Re:Seriously, I want to know (3, Insightful)

rotide (1015173) | about 4 years ago | (#33043566)

Ya, I hate Apple and its products as much as the next anti-fanboi, but this submission just comes across as.. juvenile?

One step away from an ad hominem attack.

Re:Seriously, I want to know (1)

geminidomino (614729) | about 4 years ago | (#33043604)

... gratuitously bashing companies and/or their customers for no discernible logical reason?

If you can't discern a reason, you're either one of them, or you're really not trying. ;)

Re:Seriously, I want to know (3, Insightful)

elrous0 (869638) | about 4 years ago | (#33043660)

Hello, you must be new here. Perhaps you missed the image of Bill Gates as a borg?

Re:Seriously, I want to know (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33043668)

Just out of curiosity, do you own an iPhone or iPad?

Rubbish. (5, Funny)

grub (11606) | about 4 years ago | (#33043246)


I was showing this story to Charles, my butler, on my iPad. As he was handing me a snifter of brandy in the reading room he assures me I'm no "selfish elite" or a "snob".

Re:Rubbish. (5, Funny)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | about 4 years ago | (#33043352)

You share your tech toys with the help? Fucking hippy.

Re:Rubbish. (1)

dunezone (899268) | about 4 years ago | (#33043598)

Damn hipster with his butler and iPad.

Apple? (0, Flamebait)

AffidavitDonda (1736752) | about 4 years ago | (#33043248)

What's an iPad?

Re:Apple? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33043408)

Well, it's not a quite a mop, and it's not quite a puppet, but boy......

So to answer your question, I don't know.

Ah, the sweet, sweet smell of... (1)

DrWho520 (655973) | about 4 years ago | (#33043256)

vindication!

Troll article. (3, Insightful)

skgrey (1412883) | about 4 years ago | (#33043270)

How did this bullshit troll article make the front page? C'mon editors, this is ridiculous.

Re:Troll article. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33043358)

Why, do you own an iPad?

Re:Troll article. (5, Interesting)

kdogg73 (771674) | about 4 years ago | (#33043396)

It is trollish. But the Slashdot community certainly has changed their opinion of Apple over the past year or so. Once cheering for the underdog, is feeling suppressed as the hacker within its walled garden.

We must feed the trolls.

Re:Troll article. (0, Offtopic)

Duradin (1261418) | about 4 years ago | (#33043402)

It's an Apple article posted by Taco, when is it not going to be trolling?

Ahh, the old days... (4, Funny)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | about 4 years ago | (#33043286)

I thought that Apple's market was supposed to be flakey arty creative types, with a smattering of unix geeks who either needed to use Word from time to time, or just didn't feel like fighting with pulseaudio anymore....

When did they add sociopathic assholes to the mix?

Re:Ahh, the old days... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33043354)

They had to find people to increase their market share from somewhere, now we know where :)

Re:Ahh, the old days... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33043370)

Yes, usually they seem to bring out the inner sociopathic assole, not get those who are already such, to join.

Re:Ahh, the old days... (5, Insightful)

Blakey Rat (99501) | about 4 years ago | (#33043432)

That's exactly what they want you to think, via marketing. You're falling right into their diabolical trap!

No, their market is actually douchebags with more money than sense. Which this article is just confirming.

Re:Ahh, the old days... (2, Insightful)

mikael_j (106439) | about 4 years ago | (#33043496)

Oh, it's the difference between the Mac-owning Apple customers and the iPhone/iPad/iPod-owning Apple customers. Obviously some own products from both categories (and can thus fall in either category or both) but lots of Mac users like Macs (artsy types for the industrial design, workflow and such and the UNIX geeks for the UNIX underpinnings and no-fuss setup which reminds us of the old-school UNIX workstations that actually sort of worked out of the box) without liking iPhones, iPads and iPods (although as a Mac user I actually also own an iPhone 3G, it's served me quite well but I can see how it may feel limited or overpriced to many others).

Generalization time (5, Informative)

Pojut (1027544) | about 4 years ago | (#33043288)

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.

Re:Generalization time (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33043466)

That sums it up pretty good.

Can we go on now, please?

Surprise, surprise (-1, Flamebait)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | about 4 years ago | (#33043292)

You mean total pricks don't care about anyone, and in fact prefer to look down on us little people? Say it isn't so! Auntie Em, I'm getting the vapors!

The thing that really strikes me these days is the hatred for ordinary Americans by the elites. I mean, they've always considered us close to apes, but I don't think there has ever been this withering contempt. It's like, unless you agree with the entire groupthink that results in you purchasing Apple products and considering yourself superior, you are not even entitled to franchise or political opinions of any kind. It's really frightening to see respected newspaper editors (Apple owners!) admire one-party states and say they're rather uncomfortable with our representative government.

Re:Surprise, surprise (1, Insightful)

couchslug (175151) | about 4 years ago | (#33043388)

"The thing that really strikes me these days is the hatred for ordinary Americans by the elites."

Ordinary Americans have allowed themselves to become loathsome. They think religion is science, they crave circuses instead of information, they are lazy, and they let their pandering media pundits of choice think for them.

It's natural to despise such people. They cannot be changed, improved, or made noble, but they can be milked.

Re:Surprise, surprise (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33043540)

Well said, couchslug. Well said.

Re:Surprise, surprise (3, Insightful)

LinuxAndLube (1526389) | about 4 years ago | (#33043588)

Good for you then that you're part of the elite and not an ordinary American.

Re:Surprise, surprise (2, Funny)

mjwalshe (1680392) | about 4 years ago | (#33043600)

well that is the reason the US doesnt play cricket - the "gentelemen" didnt fancy the posability of being beaten by the "players"

Re:Surprise, surprise (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33043628)

and lets not forget that they voted the democrats into power. Thats reason to hate anyone.

Crap... (4, Funny)

Aeros (668253) | about 4 years ago | (#33043294)

My wife just got me one for the birthday. So im going to turn into an asshole? Is this what I have to look forward to? Maybe I should return it or blame my new-found sense of self importance on her!

Hmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33043298)

We use to just call these types "assholes" back in the day

Oh, like my mother (1)

mmarlett (520340) | about 4 years ago | (#33043304)

Oh, like my mother, who works for a nature center and is a past president of the local Audubon chapter and gives money to dozens of charitable organizations and spends significant amounts of time caring for my 90-year-old grandpa.

What a troll of an article.

Re:Oh, like my mother (3, Insightful)

drc003 (738548) | about 4 years ago | (#33043450)

There are always exceptions to the rule. Notice in the summary it says "iPad owners tend to be...", not "All iPad owners...". Either way it is simply a study. Why are so many getting their panties in a bunch? Are people feeling guilty that they might actually fit this general profile of an iPad owner?

Yes, they named YOUR grandpa specifically! (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33043486)

Yes, they named YOUR grandpa specifically!

"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."

Oh, sorry, no they didn't.

But YOU are an asshole, so it still evens out.

Re:Oh, like my mother (2, Informative)

e065c8515d206cb0e190 (1785896) | about 4 years ago | (#33043532)

"tend to" != "are all"
You're the troll.

no wonder (2, Interesting)

orthicviper (1800010) | about 4 years ago | (#33043308)

no wonder ipad sold hundreds of thousands so fast on launch and far exceeded steve jobs expectations. i still remember the 5000 dollar screensaver for iphone that just had text that read "i'm rich" and actually sold more than several times.

sophisticated? (0, Offtopic)

tomhudson (43916) | about 4 years ago | (#33043310)

How can they be described as sophisticated if they fall for the marketing hype?

Let's see - make an iPhone twice the size that can't make phone calls ... yep, sure sounds sophisticated to me.

Re:sophisticated? (-1, Redundant)

Stele (9443) | about 4 years ago | (#33043410)

-1 Ignorant

Re:sophisticated? (1)

tomhudson (43916) | about 4 years ago | (#33043640)

Did you actually read the article? iPad owners self-identify as over-eaters. They admit that they're fat pigs. Does this sound sophisticated, when you can't even control your own eating habits?

Or this:

Now consider the iPad from this hardcore geek perspective. Tablet computers have been around for many years. Touchscreen technology is not new. I'll let Darren Murph's assessment on Engadget tell the rest:

I can't begin to explain how disappointing this device is in the sense of being a usable computer. There's a 1GHz CPU in there that can't even be used for multitasking. There's no camera for video chatting. There's no way to watch a Flash video and chat within an IRC client at the same time. There's not even a way to connect a USB device to this without paying Apple extra for an adapter. The iPad is remarkably limited in scope and functionality, and for no good reason. A netbook can run circles around this in terms of actually getting work done, and if I want to enjoy multimedia, I'll carry around something that can fit in my pocket. As I mentioned, you'll say I'm just missing the point, but this thing does absolutely nothing for me in its current iteration.

When you think about it this way, the tablet seems like little more than an oversized iPhone. So when it's heralded as a breakthrough by the media and craved by consumers everywhere, our independent geeks are predictably incredulous.

It's like all the people who are thinking "I'll develop an iApp and get rich" - they're just jumping on the trend without looking at the numbers, which are grim. 99% won't make back their $150 developers kit. Again, hardly sounds sophisticated.

Too big to carry around in a pocket or purse, limited functionality, you need to lug around a separate bag to prevent it from getting scratched, can't show hd movies because both the display (it downscales to 1024x576, which is something from the Win9x era ...) and the cpu are too weak to push out enough pixels ...

Enjoy it, but don't try to claim that Apple users are sophisticated by any stretch. Apple's primary market for the jesusphone is college kids and soccer moms.

Re:sophisticated? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33043616)

I agree. It's like all those morons who buy blenders and refrigerators and TVs and vacuum cleaners and air conditioners that don't make phone calls either. What a bunch of tards.

"selfish elites"?? (5, Funny)

AntEater (16627) | about 4 years ago | (#33043318)

Like I care about what those insignificant little researchers say. They're just jealous of my success.

Wait, a study of opinion? (0)

Akido37 (1473009) | about 4 years ago | (#33043324)

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?

Disclaimer: I do not own an iPad

Re:Wait, a study of opinion? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#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...

Then why... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33043342)

Then why doesn't Obama have an iPad?

Re:Then why... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33043614)

Then why doesn't Obama have an iPad?

Because he's black. He's NOT allowed to.

Confused (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33043346)

I bought an iPad for my mum...what does that make me?

Re:Confused (1)

e065c8515d206cb0e190 (1785896) | about 4 years ago | (#33043646)

Someone who thinks of himself first and does not necessarily understand the concept of statistical inference and relevance?

People with disposable income buy widgets (4, Insightful)

BrianRoach (614397) | about 4 years ago | (#33043364)

News at 11.

Seriously ... it's a fairly pricey, non-essential gadget. The demographic they are describing is exactly the one that can afford such a thing and not think twice about it. They also buy many other non-essential shiny things.

You could say the same thing about Mercedes automobiles.

What about... (1)

Eggz Factor (455382) | about 4 years ago | (#33043368)

... Bently owners, or any number of high-tech yachts?

Sheesh, so much drivel.

Bad data interpretation (1)

91degrees (207121) | about 4 years ago | (#33043376)

The selfish elites are moe likely to buy an iPad than not. This does not translate into people who buy iPads being substantially more likely to be selfish elites, unless the population of selfish elites in the population is quite large.

Am Not (1)

Revek (133289) | about 4 years ago | (#33043382)

Now where is the Grey Poupon?

P{ao}d people are an odd bunch in general (1, Insightful)

bl8n8r (649187) | about 4 years ago | (#33043392)

I've never seen a group of people so willing to pay a premium for (assumed) social status and pretty hardware in exchange for a platform which requires you to give up most of your freedom to experiment and innovate; except within the strict boundaries of what's allowed by Apple.

Psuedo-Science (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33043400)

Although the writers at MyType may attempt to do an actual study, they post no statistical significance numbers, no methods on how they normalized their bias, and even make the obviously biased mistake of creating two categories or people ("selfish elites" and "independent geeks") without any previous research or precedent that these are scientifically acceptable titles. Also, if I am not mistaken, I believe the plural of elite is elitists, not elites. Why would they make a mistake like that? Because then it RHYMES! Selfish elite vs. Independent geek. Total B.S. link bait. Discussing stuff like this is no different than giving credence to "scientific studies" that prove that people found Noah's Ark or the Earth is only 6000 years old. It's all just attention seeking dressed up like science.

Re:Psuedo-Science (1)

91degrees (207121) | about 4 years ago | (#33043508)

Also, if I am not mistaken, I believe the plural of elite is elitists, not elites.

You are mistaken. Which is a shame because otherwise this was a very good rant. "elite" refers to a group rather than an individual. i.e. The elite is the social group at the top of a heirarchy. The individual members don't really have a specific term as far as I know.

Elitism is advocacy of favouritsm towards the elite, and an elitist is the one who practices elitism.

And there are statistical aberations... (1)

scanrate (470160) | about 4 years ago | (#33043418)

I know 2 people that own iPads: a 60-something guy with a GED that spent his life working as a clerk or a delivery guy and never complained about it and a 91 year old WW2 vet that became a real estate agent after the war. What they both have in common? They're both really inquisitive and they both love new technology. Neither of them are selfish or elite.

Editors: Quit posting troll articles.

I AM a selfish elitist bastard (2, Funny)

lxs (131946) | about 4 years ago | (#33043422)

and I feel that I'm too good for a mere iPad.

Why isn't this crap in idle? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33043426)

This is just a whole new level of shoddy posts.Why isn't this crap in idle? Ironically enough, the captcha word was 'disgusts' when I first went to post this.

Lame internet "research" firm gets free press (1)

guidryp (702488) | about 4 years ago | (#33043434)

Mytype seems to be one of those net firms that have banner adds to tell you your personality type.

By posting something like this, they get themselves tons of free press. Well done for them.

As far as selfish elites. I don't have an iPad but I was thinking it would be perfect for my retired mom who can't master a mouse...

Charles Barkley on being a Republican (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33043438)

I was asked for years about being a Republican, probably because most black people are Democrats. My mother heard it once and called me and said "Charles, Republicans are for the rich people." And I said, "Mom, I'm rich."

So that makes me.. (3, Interesting)

Vectormatic (1759674) | about 4 years ago | (#33043462)

a selfish independent elitist geek? (translation, i dont have one, but i kinda want one)

Yesterday at the big box store i saw the ipad for the first time, and used it to search imdb for some movie reviews before buying a dvd, and the thing that massively annoyes me about the ipad is, that from a usability point of view, they got it right, it works very nicely for webbrowsing and such. The reason i still wont buy one, it runs iOS instead of OS-X, and thus is tied into apple's view of the world

Who did this study? (2, Funny)

Drakkenmensch (1255800) | about 4 years ago | (#33043472)

Was it the same people who concluded that PS3 owners are hardcore gamers, Xbox Live users immature people who constantly question your sexual orientation and Wii owners bowling-loving moms?

heh ... (0, Offtopic)

Lazy Jones (8403) | about 4 years ago | (#33043482)

Ask anyone (esp. poor people) whether they think they're kinder, more generous than rich people. Then ask them how much they donated to charity in the last year, even as a percentage of their disposable income...

Stupid article (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33043492)

They are called "early adopters" not iPad owners. They've been around since the early days of electronics and in truth go back into the 1800s. People that had to have the latest gadget no matter the cost. Singling out iPad buyers is silly. I didn't buy one because I wanted a camera on it and I have a Touch and all it is is an oversized Touch. I can stick my Touch in my pocket and it's great for watching movies when I travel and music on the road. Will I buy an iPad one day? Probably but a few generations down the line like most people. It's got it's place but it isn't the landmark device Jobs claimed it was. I think in some ways he still views it as the first of it's kind product it was envisioned as being. The problem is they shelved it and released the iPhone and Touch first so it was old news by the time it came out.

Do glasses get me shot? (4, Insightful)

jewishbaconzombies (1861376) | about 4 years ago | (#33043498)

Who wrote this? Pol Pot?

I'm not going to apologize for having an education and (finally) having a bit of money - although I still rent and have worked food kitchens. But hey - I'm an intellectual - shoot me and evacuate the cities for farming already. My skull will look good on a shelf.

(seriously this is thing is covered in Teabagger language - are they serious?)

I don't own an iPad (4, Insightful)

Dunbal (464142) | about 4 years ago | (#33043506)

Or any other Apple product. But any study that comes off this way must be seriously flawed and is in no way scientific. First we have the problem of defining what a "selfish elite" is. Call me when the whole world agrees.

This is nothing but a smear campaign. Oh wait, the article says that this "data" was obtained by a "Consumer Research" firm, not the American Psychological Association, or some scientist. If we follow the money, I wonder who hired this company...

I agree to most points, but think im opposite (-1, Offtopic)

RJarett (114128) | about 4 years ago | (#33043518)

I hate apple. I hate almost everything they put out. I hated the iPad. I still hate unrooted iPads. They are pieces of crap for concept.

They do have a beautiful screen. They are the perfect size. Rooted, with a terminal, iSSH, and logmein, they are an awesome sysadmin tool. (I can even use usb to serial cable with it) I rarely need my laptop anymore.

I have no degree.
I own no stocks.
I havent looked at a financial website in years.

I hate apple.

I love my rooted, hacked up, customized iPad.

I do extensive charity work. I give alot. Last year I did 80 photo sessions for multiple photography related charities. I have worked in food banks, I help people when ever I can.

I'm the typical good hearted, egotistical asshole bofh that people who work with me hate, and those that don't know me personally love since I'll do all I can to help them.

I do believe alot of the story. Typical Apple fanboy hippies who claim to be environmentalists, or just dumbass crunchy bloggers, are a bunch of self righteous idiots.

Dear God (1)

notommy (1793412) | about 4 years ago | (#33043548)

I haven't seen science like this since my days at salem.

Padzymandias (1)

Spinland (1865248) | about 4 years ago | (#33043556)

Posting this from my iPad. Look upon me, ye mighty, and despair. Heh.

we need /. user stats.. (1)

grub (11606) | about 4 years ago | (#33043562)


I think this thread should have people including their education, age and salaries along with their comments. I'll be the data correlates to the article. Such hate...

As a selfish elite iPad owner (0, Offtopic)

RabidMonkey (30447) | about 4 years ago | (#33043564)

I sure spend a lot of my time altruistically handing my iPad over to every nay-sayer who says that the "iPad sucks/why would you want one/why don't you get a netbook", and have been pretty amazed at the change of heart when they start using it.

I've converted 2 hardcore haters into buyers, and a bunch of "mehs" into "hey, can I borrow your iPad for a bit, I want to show someone this..."

I don't know if the hate comes from the giant price tag, or the closed platform, but once you actually use it, instead of looking at it from a theoretical standpoint, it's incredibly useful.

So sure, maybe us iPad owners have a little more money, but when the base model costs over $600 (stupid taxes) you aren't going to find many minimum wage earners that can afford to play yet ...

Underachievers don't like luxury goods? (1)

toccoa (206164) | about 4 years ago | (#33043570)

My guess is that a study asking these "independent geek" underachievers about nice cars or fine wine or other luxury goods would find them similarly critical. But I suppose the study is correct that for many there is pressure to conform to your social group by proving your non-conformity by disdaining the iPad.

re "scored terribly in the areas of altruism" from OP: The study may have found that we iPad owners scored low in altruism. Whether that is terrible or good is a subjective judgement and in no way addressed in the study. Besides, Internet posters tend to use the word altruism only when they want to hijack the discussion to be about a certain dead philosopher.

Opinions... (1)

rainer_d (115765) | about 4 years ago | (#33043582)

...are like assholes.
Everybody's got one.

Many words could be substituted for iPad... (1)

oh-dark-thirty (1648133) | about 4 years ago | (#33043642)

Ferrari, Mansion, Patek Phillipe, Yacht . . .

Awww... (1)

gabereiser (1662967) | about 4 years ago | (#33043644)

Sounds like the studiers are jealous.... can we stop making facetious studies to try to stereotype people....

Jeez, troll much? (1)

intheshelter (906917) | about 4 years ago | (#33043648)

This about the biggest piece of baiting for comments I've ever seen. What a joke.

They're right, Rus Emerick is a case in point. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33043656)

I know a guy who works for Square D who uses his iPad for email.

His answers are so short that he may as well not answer at all. It is sort of
the equivalent of a grunt instead of actual speech, the way he uses a one-word
answer to respond to complex questions in an email.

This guy's name is Rus Emerick, and he used to be my friend, until he
bought an iPad. I'll be damned if I am going to allow someone to be rude
to me just because they've got a fetish for Apple hardware.

Seriously... Fuck Off (1)

TyroneShoe (912878) | about 4 years ago | (#33043666)

This is just silly. Why bash someone for a personal preference? I don't go after linux or windows users nor do I bash Andriod owners for being . Really, wired magazine, Apple haters, and everyone who has a beef with how I live my live and spend my money... FUCK OFF
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