How does the Operating System you use impact your overall level of happiness?

Considering the amount of time each of us spends – every day – interacting with our various computing devices (from desktop PCs to cell phones), it would be interesting to understand the impact that any given system may (or may not) have on how happy (or unhappy) we are.

Unfortunately, until now, there really hasn't been any detailed, publicly available information on the topic.

How was this data collected?

To help answer this question, a comprehensive survey was conducted.

That survey included responses from 2,295 people – More than the majority of USA-wide election polls. To get the most accurate (and widely representative) information possible, this survey was distributed on multiple websites and by a wide variety of people via Social Media.

While that survey included questions on a number of topics, one piece of data immediately jumped out as being distinctly interesting.

How many users of any given Operating System are… Unhappy?

Unhappy by OS

Nearly 20% of Android users are unhappy

Happiness of every user was ranked (by them) on a scale from 1 to 10 (1 being very unhappy… 10 being very happy). “Unhappy” was defined as having a happiness rating below the middle (aka “5 or less”).

People who reported that they used Android more than any other Operating System were the most likely to state that they had a happiness level of 5 of under. 19.3% of Android users stated they were unhappy.

Windows users were a few points behind Android… with 15.2% of Windows users being unhappy.

On the complete other end of the spectrum, only 9.1% of Mac users said they were unhappy with 10.5% of Linux users being unhappy.

iOS fell in the middle, at 13.7%.

Mac and Linux users most likely to be happy

Flipping that around, this means that MacOS users are the most likely to be happy (reporting a hapiness level of 6 or above), with Linux users not far behind.

But… why?

This one piece of data, by itself, doesn't tell us much more than who reports being unhappy. In fact, it creates more questions than it answers.

  • Is it Android that makes the people unhappy?
  • Are unhappy people more likely to use Android?
  • Are there other factors that caused the drop in happiness that weren't necessarily the Operating System… but related to why the OS was chosen (such as work industry, age, etc.)?
  • Is it, perhaps, not that Android has a negative impact on happiness… but that the other systems have a more positive impact?

Luckily we have a number of other data points to study and compare against, in an attempt to get as many of those answers as possible.

Study of this data is ongoing and additional details will be published as we go – with the full (unedited) responses (without any personally identifying information) published as a massive spreadsheet at the conclusion.


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