Study: Gmail users coolest, AOL and Yahoo users fattest

Nerds love making fun of those still clinging to their AOL e-mail accounts, which were considered cool when people still said “World Wide Web.”

Internet archeologists were unable to decipher this hieroglyphic.

Internet archeologists were unable to decipher this hieroglyphic.

Now, a company that claims to be able to “personalize” the Internet for you is getting in on the action, slamming everyone but Gmail users.

According to the presumed-nerds at Hunch.com, a person’s choice of e-mail service says a lot about them. There are several flaws to their theory (such as most people have multiple e-mail accounts), but the results are entertaining.

The article is infested with nuggets of non-wisdom, such as never use an AOL e-mail on a resume. Not sure about that, I got this gig using my geotard@CompuServ.com account.

Here’s Hunch’s other findings.

  • AOL users are most likely to be overweight women ages 35-64 who have a high school diploma and are spiritual, but not religious. They tend to be politically middle of the road, in a relationship of 10+ years, and have children. AOL users live in the suburbs and haven’t traveled outside their own country. Family is their first priority. AOL users mostly read magazines, have a desktop computer, listen to the radio, and watch TV on 1-3 DVRs in their home. At home, they lounge around in sweats. AOL users are optimistic extroverts who prefer sweet snacks and like working on a team.
  • Gmail users are most likely to be thin young men ages 18-34 who are college-educated and not religious. Like other young Hunch users, they tend to be politically liberal, single (and ready to mingle), and childless. Gmail users live in cities and have traveled to five or more countries. They’re career-focused and plugged in — they mostly read blogs, have an iPhone and laptop, and listen to music via MP3s and computers (but they don’t have a DVR). At home, they lounge around in a t-shirt and jeans. Gmail users prefer salty snacks and are introverted and entrepreneurial. They are optimistic or pessimistic, depending on the situation.
  • Hotmail users are most likely to be young women of average build ages 18-34 (and younger) who have a high school diploma and are not religious. They tend to be politically middle of the road, single, and childless. Hotmail users live in the suburbs, perhaps still with their parents, and have traveled to up to five countries. They mostly read magazines and contemporary fiction, have a laptop, and listen to music via MP3s and computers (but they don’t have a DVR). At home, Hotmail users lounge around in a t-shirt and jeans. They’re introverts who prefer sweet snacks and like working on a team. They consider themselves more pessimistic, but sometimes it depends on the situation.
  • Yahoo! users are most likely to be overweight women ages 18-49 who have a high school diploma and are spiritual, but not religious. They tend to be politically middle of the road, in a relationship of 1-5 years, and have children. Yahoo! users live in the suburbs or in rural areas and haven’t traveled outside their own country. Family is their first priority. They mostly read magazines, are almost equally likely to have a laptop or desktop computer, listen to the radio and cds, and watch TV on 1-2 DVRs in their home. At home, Yahoo! users lounge around in pajamas. They’re extroverts who prefer sweet snacks and like working on a team. Yahoo! users are optimistic or pessimistic, depending on the situation.

24 comments Add your comment

DW

March 11th, 2011
12:35 pm

Hiring Manager

March 11th, 2011
12:48 pm

I lose respect for anyone who uses an AOL email address. I would not even consider someone who used an AOL address as their contact email on a resume.

nianya

March 11th, 2011
1:09 pm

AOL is just plain out of date; they should have included more age categories of men & women in gmail stats

Linda Smith

March 11th, 2011
2:15 pm

Fat people shouldn’t be allowed on the computer, regardless of what e-mail provider they use. They should be exercising or dancing to the oldies.

AOhL

March 11th, 2011
2:30 pm

I lose respect for anyone who calls himself Hiring Manager. I would not even consider allowing someone calling himself Hiring Manger to kiss my a*s.

Hiring Manager

March 11th, 2011
2:39 pm

When I see an AOL email address on a resume, it tells me this person is not computer literate, they will need their hand held every step of the way when it comes to learning their day-to-day tasks, they likely cannot make decisions independently and have an annoying need for their supervisor’s approval.

Sue

March 11th, 2011
3:07 pm

What sort of e-mail accounts are the older, non-hipster men using? Their work e-mail? The men are kind of ignored in this broad-brush report. For the record, I’m a mid-30’s college-educated female who has 4 e-mail addresses: my company e-mail for all things work-related, gmail for most of my personal messages, my old bellsouth account for contacts who are slow to switch to my new address, and yahoo for all the online registration crap I know will eventually translate into spam. I’m guessing most people juggle at least a couple of e-mail accounts.

Hiring Manager's Manager

March 11th, 2011
3:36 pm

I personally think people who spend time on the internet commenting on “news” stories when they should be working needs to be fired for incompetence.

goddibinc

March 11th, 2011
6:15 pm

Well la t freaking da to hiring manager…and you think the world rotates around you also??????

Hiring Manager

March 11th, 2011
6:18 pm

I’m adding poor grammar and lack of effective communicating skills to the list of traits common with AOL email address owners. They seem to have very short fuses as well and are quick to lash out in anger. Do yourselves a favor and get a new email address.

goddibinc

March 11th, 2011
6:20 pm

Do everyone a favor and go away……..

goddibinc

March 11th, 2011
6:24 pm

Do us all a favor and go away..please….

BettyLou

March 11th, 2011
6:52 pm

I use an AOL email address when someone I don’t really want emailing me asks for my email address. It’s the replacement for using a fake phone number.

Voice of Reason

March 11th, 2011
7:41 pm

George,

This is such a stupid article. Obviously you are a young person, perhaps not over 30 since all those you mention here are younger people. Do you know the source of these “statistics”? I suppose it could be contrived for the most part, from someone’s imagination or without fact. I guess there are only a handful of those of us over 30 who use computers.

Good luck in your writing career, George.

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March 11th, 2011
8:31 pm

Well at least nobody is religious.

But yeah…..AOL sucks.

MP

March 11th, 2011
9:23 pm

I can’t even imagine how these stats were compiled, and don’t put much stock in them. It’s probably been at least 15 years since I knew anyone who used AOL. I use my BellSouth account for personal email and Gmail for registrations and getting notification stuff from things like Amazon and Netflix. I have Hotmail and Yahoo accounts that I don’t use and only check frequently enough to keep them active. I have no idea why I bother with them at all.

kj

March 11th, 2011
9:23 pm

this is about the most stupid thing I have ever read on ajc.

kj

March 11th, 2011
9:24 pm

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Fred

March 11th, 2011
10:17 pm

kj

March 11th, 2011
9:23 pm

this is about the most stupid thing I have ever read on ajc.
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You must be new to the AJC then. this hasn’t even begun to plumb the depths of stupidty thta have been posted on the AJC website………

Fred

March 11th, 2011
10:18 pm

stupidity that ……….

See what I meant?

George Mathis

March 12th, 2011
8:26 am

Thanks for all the kind comments!

BettyLou

March 12th, 2011
11:20 pm

I’m just saying, if you use an AOL email address you are likely my parent’s age and do things like forward unfounded warnings to everyone you know, or an email with a rose it along with a poem about how wonderful mothers are, or the ones about if you forward this email to 10 other people you will come into a financial windfall. You are also the kind of person who would print out an email and bring it over to my house to show it to me. If people chuckle and think you are joking when you give them your email address, it is because it ends in aol.com, like iheartcats67@aol.com

Cousin Chug

March 12th, 2011
11:53 pm

I personally hate AOL because they thought ChugNSpit@aol.com was some sort of dirty email address and wouldn’t let me register it.

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