People with older smartphones unlikely to get dates

Buried in “Do Americans marry for love or money? Finally, an answer” (MarketWatch):

those who have older models of either smartphone are 56% less likely to get a date, according to a recent survey of more than 5,500 singletons aged 18 and over by dating site

It seems unlikely that the researchers adjusted for age, income, height, weight, etc., but it would be fascinating if the effect were robust after these adjustments!

6 thoughts on “People with older smartphones unlikely to get dates

  1. Which way does the causal arrow run? It seems more likely that people who don’t think they’re going to get dates, don’t bother much with their smartphones. Why bother signaling to others if you have no one else to signal to?

  2. It’s a little biased by being exorbitantly expensive to use & almost 100% male. Many engineers with a lot of financial security tend to collect 40 year old computers & prefer the command line.

  3. Could this be due to older smartphones not supporting the newer app that requires in order to use their site?

    PS: that was a joke to emphasize how sometimes meaningless data becomes news worthy.

  4. Thanks for posting this. I’ve been holding onto an iPhone 6s (with a cracked case) for a while now, and my wife has seemed rather distant. I just ordered a new iPhone Xr. I didn’t spring for the Xs. I hope the new phone is adequate…

  5. The old motivations of Jackie O “The first time you marry for love, the second for money, and the third for companionship” have changed.

    Updated for changes in family law, this is now “the first time you marry for money, and the second time you marry is after the alimony and child support ends, and requires a prenup to keep my money from the first marriage”.

    So yes, the signals of wealth are important now for first marriages.

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