Should Mac Owners Date Windows Owners?

Yes, that's a ridiculous question; clearly, no-one should base their relationship choices on something as superficial as the operating system they use. But equally clearly, lots of people make bad choices, a fact underlined by the surprisingly central role Valentine's Day seems to play in maintaining relationships. Desperate times might seem to call for desperate measures. Nonetheless, you should look beyond the boot sector disk when you're making a bootie call.

The poster child site for this kind of romantic ridiculousness is Cupidtino, the dating site which aims to link up Apple fanboys and fangirls.

My nasty side wants to point out that the site is apparently so keen on all things Apple that it even includes a mistaken use of "it's" on its front page, an error it could doubtless blame on AutoCorrect's over-enthusiastic push to use inappropriate aposotrophes:

However, my nicer side just thinks this is tragic and slightly pathetic. In the most recent quarter, Apple sold 5.2 million Macs. Do you really think you want to date every one of those people?

Despite those numbers, one disadvantage of choosing to date based on preferred OS is that if you're a Mac user, you're dramatically reducing the available pool of candidates. While iPad dominates tablets and iPhone and Android run close on smart phones, the computer market is still a Windows world.

According to IDC, Apple has 15 per cent of the local market. Choosing not to date anyone who doesn't use a Mac means you're going to eliminate more than 80 per cent of the population. Make all the noise you want about Macs being more dominant in "creative" sectors, you're still cutting down your odds.

I'm guessing that if I ask readers if they've had successful relationships even when (gasp!) the two people involved used different OSes, there will be lots of examples. So please prove me right. Please.


Comments

    At least this way they won't be spreading their contaminated seed to the rest of the gene pool :) just joking! calm down fanboys :)

    I think that the title of this post is an entirely valid question. Relationship with computer OSes are usually mutually exclusive. Either a Windows or a Mac, not both. I know of a relationship where there is a hard core Mac user / apple fanboy, the other person simply has to convert.

    "Nonetheless, you should look beyond the sector disk when you’re making a bootie call." funniest thing i have heard all day. Thanks Angus.

    At least they wont be arguing about what they got for Christmas.. as long as it started with an "i" or "mac"

    I absolutely HATE Apple... and currently am a Google and Microsoft supporter in the mobile an desktop industries respectively.
    When I was dating my wife, before things took a serious turn, I made it clear to her that for this relationship to conclude with our marriage, she would have to get rid of her iPod shuffle and her iPhone... and also never buy an Apple product in the future. I left it to her... she thought I was crazy (which I probably am) but that's me. She chose me over technology and the first gifts I gave her after the wedding was a Galaxy S II 16GB with a 16GB SD card and a new HP laptop. We've just completed 1 year together :)

      wow, she decided to be with a guy who has threatened to leave her if she ever buys a product made by a certain company?

      Yeah she sure got the pick of the bunch there.

      Google and Microsoft 'supporter'? They're not sport teams dude. Really, like... wow.

      Wtf dude, seriously. I wish she tells you which underwear brand you can wear if you don't want her to leave you.

      Dudee... I hate Apple as much as the next guy, but you have major issues..

    My husband was a PC lover when we got together, building machines from scratch and being tech support for his friends and family. I had a Mac, which he used to (in a joking way) jeer at and call a toy. That was in 1999 when Apple were at a low ebb. He built me a PC and I converted. In 2004 my love for Apple products reasserteditself andi bought a PowerBook G4. A couple of months later, without any prompting or coercion on my part, he bought an iMac - the round base one. He hasn't looked back since. We disposed of all our PCs and now have 2 Mac Minis, 4 iMacs, 1 PowerBook G4, 1 iBook, 2 MacBook Pros, 1 MacBook Air, endless iPods, a number of iPhones, 3 iPads and an AppleTV. True love will out :)

    There aren't enough women of my age in my area on that site. :(

    Am I the only person that actively supports both? I have a Mac as well as a PC, and I use each of them every day. I'll be the first to admit that if I didn't use iPhone, I be first in line for a Windows phone, and I like the direction Microsoft is going with the Metro theme.

    Maybe I'm just a lover of technology as a whole?

    Needless to say, I'll also be in line for iPad 3 here very soon :)

      no, I'm also one of those (apparently rare) people who honestly doesn't care, and loves both. I have a Mac at home and yeah, I prefer it (only just) but definitely enjoy using Windows 7 at work.

    seeing as this will link nutbags with nutbags and effectively remove them from the dating pool for the rest of us, i wholeheartedly support this product and/or service.

    god, Justin Long was so insufferable in those ads. Did anyone else just want to slam a macbook closed on his face?

    I'm sure he's a great guy but his 'Mac' character is the biggest douche out.

    The answer is...NO.

    This is the chance for human beings to implement 'concious selection' and effectively breed up two different subspecies of humans, being Appleites and Windownians. By only breeding within the brand choice, keeping Apple and Windows users genetically separate, within 10 to 20 thousand years, we will SEE who is best.

    I'd be interested in what everyone here thought the difference between Appleite and Windownian subspecies and their societies might be...

      I'd wager that Appleites would be the Eloi and Windownians would be the Morlocks (from The Time Machine)... which may sound like a diss to Windownians until you remember that the Eloi were sheeple that were eaten by the Morlocks

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