Stereotyped By Your Email

Image courtesy of blog.hunch.com

Online identity is such a big deal that I prefer to lampoon the whole concept. I use the most ridiculous screen names possible (although when I tried to register as GrannyPanties a few weeks ago a fellow jester had taken it). Identity isn’t just linked to the names we choose, it’s also tied to the provider we use. The Oatmeal has a great infographic on this, but now there’s an algorithm to make blatant assumptions more precisely. See if you match up to the stereotypes. Check out the data provided by HunchBlog.com on email domain use. Or click over to their interactive version. Only half the stereotypes apply to this gmail-using farm girl. Below is Hunch Blog’s “Snapshot of 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.

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Laura is the author of a poetry collection titled Tending and Free Range Learning, a handbook of natural learning. She lives on a small farm notable only for its lovestruck goose.