More evidence that Mac users are smarter than Windows users

“Are Mac users smarter than PC users? I doubt it’s possible to get a definitive answer, but as long as you don’t take any of it too seriously you can have a lot of fun playing with proxies such as the average user’s ability to read and write his or her native language,” Paul Murphy writes for LinuxInsider.

Murphy writes, “[Ratings for Mac users were] significantly higher than those given Slashdot’s contributors, and thus better than those given text from the PC sites, but the vocabulary was larger too. Without collapsing words to their root forms, but after removing punctuation (including capitalization) and numbers, the Macintouch stuff had 870 unique words to only 517 for the combined PC sites. Overall, the results are pretty clear: Mac users might not actually be smarter than PC users, but they certainly use better English and a larger vocabulary to express more complex thinking.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Just over two years ago, a report from from Nielsen/NetRatings stated, “Those who surf the Web using a Mac tend to be better educated and make more money than their PC-using counterparts.” So, of course Mac users use better English and a larger vocabulary to express more complex thinking. Why? What’s painfully obvious to most Mac users may not seem so clear to the majority of Windows sufferers, so we’ll just flat out say it: Mac users are smarter than Windows users. On that, you can quote us.


  1. Some people have very little money but are 100 times happier than people with money. Some folks tend not to worry about how much they have, but what’s in their heart that matters most. Surround yourself with happy poor people and you’ll always be picking up tips…

  2. This has to be the dumbest MacDailyNews article yet. It’d be better named MacDailyRants since there’s rarely much news here that doesn’t come attached with a “MacDailyNews Take:” which dumbs down the whole article into a childish and biased cheap-shot at everyone’s favorite punching bag, Microsoft.

  3. In a nice bit of irony Boeing777, the article points out that more Windows users use a ‘handle’ on forum posts while the Mac users tended to use real names.

    – Robert

  4. It’s not quite as pathetic as you might think. People do not become more intelligent because they use a different OS, rather, they use a different OS because they are already more intelligent.

  5. Here is proof that Mac users are smarter!

    I scanned this from the world book almanac 2003 edition
    yes i spelled it almamac on purpose, Now where exactly do you get the idea that windows users are smarter?

  6. What was that grouping term I heard used somewhere? “A Smug of Mac Users”? Wonder where that came from?

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  7. Crackhead’s comment shows just how stupid Wintel users can be. They believe the Windows crap they spent “half as much” for is equal to the Mac hardware/OS/software I got. Ignorant PC users have never seen what you get for your dollar on the Mac.

  8. When people are better educated, they are usually paid better. If they’re paid better, they buy better products. Apple makes better computers. Bottom line. Suck it up Boing 777.

  9. ARRGH! this topic is always good for combative posts…

    Boeing, your initial post kicks off with getting the ’cause-effect’ relationship BACKWARD, guy… Using a particular OS doesn’t make you SMARTER, but rather, the article surmises that SMARTER people pick OSX. Which may or may not be true. But understand the premise.

  10. Smarter doesn’t mean you make more money. Your boss makes way more money than you, but he’s definitely not smarter than you. Who’s smarter, Bill Gate or Steve Jobs?

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