Will the newest iPhone turn you into a jerk?

Will purchasing the newest iPhone make you become a jerk?

Are you dreaming of future Zune models but worried what it would do to your reputation?

According to the latest U.S. research, if you are a gadget lover, you may be both assertive and arrogant. Take some comfort, however, in that you may also be a strong leader. The study looked at 20 personality traits or "mindsets" including leadership, assertiveness, dynamism, modesty, openness, creativity, self esteem and spontaneity.

The online study of 25,000 American adults was conducted by Mindset Media that in partnership with Nielsen Online. Gadget lovers scored high in leadership, dynamism and assertiveness but low in modesty. Maybe that's just because we're naturally superior.

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A jerk? Probably not. Most Apple folks seem to be way more concerned with their carbon footprints and paranoid conspiracy theories than inflicting general nastiness on the rest of society.

It's true that you can classify consumers into many different groups and those groups have similar traits. However, purchasing a gadget probably won't change your personality that much. If having an iPhone will turn you into a jerk, you were probably one to begin with. If you buy it because you think it is a status symbol then it's probably not the first (or last) material thing you will purchase to demonstrate status.

On the flip side, being arrogant or assertive doesn't necessarily mean you are a gadget lover.

The "study" is just taking note of coincidences and drawing false conclusions. Anything to get iPhone in the news I guess.

(C_Guy said @ #13)
The "study" is just taking note of coincidences and drawing false conclusions. Anything to get iPhone in the news I guess.

The study is doing neither of those things. The people who are writing articles about the study, however, are.

but I am fairly sure this one was written as a joke.

I couldn't disagree with the article more. It's the minority that pushes the technical trends irregardless of what mobile platform you choose. I don't have an iphone but I would consider myself a tech-evangelist and demonstrate to others that may not be aware of what new technology can do for them. I also would not consider myself as being arrogant as that is the fastest way to turn people off. I help them weigh the positive and negatives of the technology they choose to adopt. I prefer my tilt but it's not about that so I wont get into that.

Will purchasing the newest iPhone make you become a jerk?

Chances are you're already a jerk because you bought the original iPhone when it came out. And then you compunded that swanky nyaah attitude: "Oh, doesn't your phone do this?" by grumbling when the massive price drop occurred.

So gadget freaks, the kind that show off their iPhones like it is some kind of status symbol, are *******s? You can't be serious. It doesn't seem physically possible!

I for one, will be modding a DynaTAC with modern phone components. No cracked touch screens for me, a 20 year standby time (5 years of talk time), and it's big enough to show all the womens who has the secksy.

On a more serious note. . I won't be even looking at a trendy iPhone until you can run real apps on the phone without hacking it, and the iPhone has the same kind of software support currently enjoyed by Windows Mobile. Until that happens (and it would be nice to see it happen), I'll keep my real PDA phone.

This is the same boring blurb that people who refuse to buy iPods roll out - because it doesn't support OGG, or some other hardly known of format, or doesn't do this specific / weird thing.

99% of the people who will use the iPhone (and i'd argue 99% of mobile users in general) couldn't care about running their own applications on the phone. They take it as it comes - so if the iPhone comes with a calendar, and an email client then that is what it comes with and people take it for what it is. The perspective on this is skewed here because most people posting on Neowin are tech enthusiasts. Throw the device out into the wider market, and we're MASSIVELY in the minority.

The only application i've installed on my Nokia 6300 is an SSH client purely because its a novelty. Otherwise I use it exactly as it came from Nokia.

The Application store, and 'signed' applications from Apple is a big deal because its bringing an element of this sort of hackability that geeks like us look out for to the wider market.. I think it'll be huge.

This is the same boring blurb that people who refuse to buy iPods roll out - because it doesn't support OGG, or some other hardly known of format, or doesn't do this specific / weird thing.

I think the problem most people have was the price (which is coming down all the time)... and that combined with the fact it doesnt do a lot more than any other similar phone.. infact some features other phones have are better and cheaper.

Also I don't think OGG is the file formant most people are concerned about, its more likely the Microsoft vs Apple format war for audio and not supporting the others file formats.

(Chicane-UK said @ #9.1)
The only application i've installed on my Nokia 6300 is an SSH client purely because its a novelty. Otherwise I use it exactly as it came from Nokia.

I think the difference is that you are using your phone as a phone, rather than using it as a PDA as well. The iPhone is still short of Windows Mobile in the PDA department, but as a pretty toy with a sassy UI, it's tops.

I am not sure how many people love "HTC touch", i use it , its slim , light weight & compact compared to iphone....and most thing is that it is cheap than iphone (but memory will be less than iphone obviously!)...I used iphone (in india) for around 3 days, its good...

Well, since I am not american, that study doesn't apply to me :nuts:

Don't care anyway, I just want to get that phone... still almost one month left

Well, modesty is defined as an awareness of your limitations. So I guess if you're not modest, your just kind of clueless about yourself. Everyone has limitations. I don't really see what affect that would have on your choice of phones, though.