What does your computer desktop say about you?
A whopping 72% of Hunch users neatly organize their computer desktops. It’s no surprise, considering that Hunch users tend to be computer-savvy and know a good algorithm when they see one.
But don’t think that the 18% with a jungle of icons on their desktop are Luddites. Whether their desktop is spic and span or a disaster area, most Hunch users are comfortable discussing technology. Those with neat desktops are only 8% more likely to say they talk about computers like a gear head talks about a V8 engine.
Who don’t you want offering tech support? The 10% of Hunch users who don’t know off the top of their head if their desktop is messy or organized. Nearly half of them claim not to talk about computers, while 28% say that when they do, it’s like speaking in a foreign language. Perhaps messy desktop owners just don’t know how to get organized.
Consider these other desktop organization findings:
1. Men are from neat desktop, women are from Venus.
So what can we tell you about our self-identified computer neatniks and slobs? For starters, male Hunch users are 13% more likely than female Hunch users to have neat computer desktops. Yet 58% of male Hunch users say their desktop is a jungle of icons. Female Hunch users are most likely, at 57%, to answer the desktop question with “Hmmm…didn’t think about it yet.” This suggests that they might get organized, now that we brought it up. We also know that between neat and messy, female Hunch users are 15% more likely to identify as neat.
2. Computer desktop organization doesn’t get better with age.
Hunchers ages 18-34 have neat and messy desktops at nearly equal rates — 53% and 50%, respectively. Older Hunch users ages 35-49 are 12% more likely to have a messy desktop. Those ages 50-64 are 8% more likely to err on the side of disastrous.
3. More educated –> more liberal –> more cluttered!
The state of a Hunch user’s computer desktop also correlates with education level. Hunch users with a messy desktop are 7% more likely to have completed a four-year college degree and 19% more likely to have completed a graduate degree.
And since we already know that education level correlates with political persuasion, let’s go there. The majority of Hunch users consider themselves politically liberal, but those with messy desktops are 12% more likely than those with neat desktops to be liberal. Hunchers with neat desktops are 9% more likely to say they’re politically middle of the road and 14% more likely to be conservative.
4. City sidewalks, messy desktops.
Who else is more likely to have a messy desktop? The same people who live in crowded, messy cities. Hunch users with messy desktops are 42% more likely than those with neat desktops to live in an urban environment. Hunch users with neat desktops are 9% more likely to live in the suburbs and 13% more likely to live in a rural area.
5. Neat people have neat desktops. Who knew? (You did.)
Shocker: Computer organization is an extension of one’s general level of neatness. A person with a messy desktop is more likely than someone with a neat desktop to have a messy closet. Of course, Hunch users aren’t exactly the neatest people on the Internet. Both those with organized and disorganized desktops — 54% and 73%, respectively — say that friends complain that they’re too disorganized. Interestingly, neat and messy desktop keepers are equally likely to describe themselves as unique (69%) or in tune/fitting in with others (32%).
6. But staying organized doesn’t stop at the desktop…
It stands to reason that Hunch users with carefully organized desktops are more likely to customize the rest of their computers. Nearly 30% of Hunch users with neat desktops — compared to only 12% with messy desktops — customize every icon, background, color, and behavior. The majority of Hunch users customize some features on their computer. Those with messy desktops are 8% more likely than neatniks to customize some features, while 20% of them don’t customize their computers at all.
7. Neat people have external hard drives, and they know how to use them.
Hunch users with messy desktops are 36% more likely than those with neat desktops not to back up their computers. Again, maybe these people don’t realize how to back up (or simply don’t mind potentially losing everything on their computers). Among Hunch users with neat desktops, 22% back up at least once a week. But the same percentage doesn’t back up at all. Hunch users with neat desktops are 22% more likely than messies to back up their computer weekly or more often.
8. Entrepreneurs get their desktops dirty.
Wondering what work has to do with the state of one’s desktop? Hunch users are more likely to consider themselves team players than entrepreneurs, whether they have a neat or messy desktop. However, self-described entrepreneurs are 5% more likely to have a messy desktop.
9. Good at math? You might add a bunch of clutter to your desktop.
Those with messy desktops are also 12% more likely to say they have a stronger aptitude for mathematical concepts and numbers.
10. People with messy desktops might be better employees.
Hunch users with neat desktops are 5% more likely than those with messy desktops to say their personal life takes priority over their work and 10% more likely to say they work just to pay the bills. Those with messy desktops are 9% more likely to say work is an important part of their lives and sometimes calls for personal trade-offs.
Now that you know all this, can you guess which computer desktop belongs to Hunch CEO Chris Dixon?
What does your desktop look like? Are Hunch findings true for you?