NEW YORK — Are iPhones better than Android phones? That’s a question many technophiles could spend hours debating, but a new study shows you may be better off just being an iPhone owner. That’s because those who carry Apple’s prized mobile phone tend to have more money, more friends, and are generally happier than Android users.

The study, commissioned by online retailer Slickdeals, surveyed 1,000 Android users and 1,000 iPhone users, and found the phone in your pocket could indicate certain personality and lifestyle traits. iPhone users, for example, were 27 percent more likely to say they were “very happy” with their lives and were more inclined to have a romantic partner with whom they were in love.

When it came to social circles, iPhone owners were found to have an average of five close friends, compared to just three for Android users. An ideal weekend night for the Apple faithful also typically involved going out and about with friends, while those whose phones use the Google operating system prefer to be “curled up on the couch watching TV or reading a book.”

Meanwhile, it pays to be an iPhone owner. That’s because respondents with iPhones earned an average income of $53,251 per year, far greater than the $37,040 that Android users bring home. Perhaps it’s that reason that Android users are more careful with their cash. They spend about half as much as iPhone users per month on clothing ($62 versus $117), beauty products ($40.40 versus $82.71), and on technology ($50.83 versus $100.88).

“This survey indicates that Android users are generally more frugal than their iPhone counterparts, and on the hunt for savings when shopping,” says Slickdeals CEO Josh Meyers in a statement. If this is you, please check out Best Android Phones for 2023. “Meanwhile, iPhone users tend to spend more, particularly on items related to self-image such as clothing and cosmetics.”

It may be no surprise then that iPhone users also take an average of 12 selfies per day, according to the survey, while Android users only took seven selfies on a daily basis. Apple users also send 58 texts on average each day, compared to just 26 for Android users.

In total, people with iPhones spend 4 hours and 54 minutes looking at their devices daily (that’s 76 full days a year!), versus 3 hours and 42 minutes for Android owners.

As for other findings from the survey:

Cat or dog?
iPhone – 50% prefer dog, 19% prefer cat, 31% no preference
Android – 44% prefer dog, 26% prefer cat, 30% no preference

Favorite TV shows?
iPhone – Game of Thrones, Grey’s Anatomy, Friends, The Walking Dead
Android – NCIS, Law & Order, SNL

Favorite movie genres?
iPhone – Horror, Drama, Romance
Android – Thriller, Action, Adventure

No. of leisure trips per year?
iPhone – 4

Android – 3

The survey was run by OnePoll and completed in October 2018.

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