Once we personalize things, they tend to say a little bit about what kind of person we are.
We love to personalize everything, from the color of our toaster to our computer desktop. Once we personalize things, they tend to say a little bit about our personality and even our ambitions and habits. So what does your desktop say about you? Let’s take a look and find out.
You value balance and proportion in your life. All of your icons are organized neatly in perfect rows across the screen. And they have to match. One little icon could totally throw off your computer’s feng shui. You tend to keep it cool in stressful situations, as long as everything is organized and in its place, but nothing takes you over the edge like clutter.
You could never understand the reason behind rigorous schedules and organized checklists. Your desktop looks like your computer threw up all over it. Icons are strewn everywhere with no apparent rhyme or reason. And that’s the way you like it, it keeps life interesting. Besides, you don’t need all of those schedules and checklists to get your projects done. If only you could find where you put them…
Folders are for pansies, you like everything at hand, where you need it, when you need it. You are on top of your game and don’t have time to waste searching through endless files. You get everything done and get it done that much faster. You don’t need folders to keep things organized. You have a system and you know exactly where everything is…most of the time
Some people live to work, you work to live. You have your priorities straight, and to keep things in perspective you keep a photo of your priority right on your screen. Maybe you put up photos of family or friends. Maybe a photo of your last vacation. Or maybe just a photo of that fancy car you’ve been dreaming of buying.
Essence of Awesome
You’re kind of a big deal. You know it, and you want everyone else to know it too. While all of those little people around you waste their lives in front of the TV you are out there accomplishing things, winning medals, bringing home trophies. To prove it you have your trophy proudly displayed on your desktop. When someone asks, “Who is that on your screen winning first place in the Air Guitar National Championships?” you can proudly respond, “That was all me.”
You’re here to work, not to socialize. If other people want to have their personal lives out there for the world to see that’s fine with you, as long as they keep out of your life. While other people are wasting time decking out their cubicle to look like the inside of a New York taxi cab, you keep things simple and unadorned. And that’s the way you like your desktop too. Let other people put up whatever pictures they want; you’re fine with basic blue.
Your philosophy on life can be summed up with the phrase “more is better.” Why settle for one scoop of ice cream if you can have two? Why get a single patty on your hamburger when you can get a double, with cheese? And why settle for one screen when you can have two? Or three? Or even your very own command center?
New and extensive study by Hunch.com shows that persons who keep their desktops cluttered are more likely to be liberal, have a higher education, are career orientated and good math, while a person who keeps his desktop tidy and clutter free is more likely to be young suburbanites, somewhat techy and allegedly put their personal life ahead of work.
The Hunch.com service, which is basically a recommendation website based on your inputted preferences, used data gathered from 80 million answers to questions that it asked its 700,000 members to predict particular demographics, personality and other characteristics based on their computer desktop.
Also in the report, it seems men are 13 percent more likely to have a cluttered desktop than women, which isn’t all that unpredictable; it’s enough to compare two rooms occupied by people of opposite sex to see the same effect. Like presented earlier, the study also shows that people with messy desktops are 7 percent more likely to have completed a four-year college degree and 19 percent more likely to have completed a graduate degree.
People who live in crowded cities are also more inclined to keep a cluttered desktop (42 percent), while those that keep it clean are 9 percent more likely to live in the suburbs and 13 percent more likely to live in a rural area.
“Messiness seems to skew two ways; someone may be messy because they use the computer for various endeavors, which could explain why CEOs are more likely to have messy desktops,” Amanda Green, lead author of the Hunch report, told TechNewsDaily. “On the other side of the spectrum, some people are messy because they don’t know how to get organized. They’re not that comfortable with their computers, and they may not really rely on the computer enough to let the mess bother them.”
Self-described entrepreneurs, which have shown to have a messy desktop, seem to be 12 percent more likely to have a stronger aptitude for mathematical concepts and numbers. They believe work is an important part of their life and sometimes put their personal life on the second plane.
On the opposite direction, neat people, who tend be more tech orientated, are 5 percent more likely to put their personal and social life first and 10 percent more likely to say they work just to pay the bills.
Let’s make an experiment based on the study, shall we? Right now, print screen your desktop (don’t cheat and clean up) and upload it on the web or right in the comment section (just click on the comment field below our partners and tap “add image”). Should be fun!