Macolytes vs. PC-Lovers: What Do You Eat?

Mac vs. PC

Ever since the dawn of personal computing, which can be irrefutably carbon-dated to the mid-1980s, there’s been a fierce Us vs. Them tribal mentality to Mac and PC folks. I’d like it to be known that from the bulky-beige-box beginning, I’ve been an out and proud Macolyte. The very first computer I ever worked on? An original Macintosh 128K with a vision-destroying 9-inch monochrome monitor. (Embarrassingly, I learned how to use it from a trio of kids—all under the age of 10.)

We Macolytes were set to dominate the world, as the famous “Why 1984 won’t be like ‘1984’” commercial promised. Then financial shenanigans, treachery, and corporate greed in the computer industry hobbled Macintosh, and we followers—always devout, ever iconoclastic—were marginalized to design firms and ad agencies’ art departments by a sniggering rabble of front-office PC users.

But we hung on, licking our wounds, purposefully carving out a distinctive personality for ourselves as cool, hip, not-your-Bill-Gates computer geeks. And in doing so, we made computing drop-dead sexy, if only for 10 percent of the population. Exhibit A:


Lo, these 25 years, the world has shaken out into two distinctive self-described and, if the folks at are to be trusted, readily recognizable camps of Mac and PC people. A website that finds patterns among users, Hunch tallied more than 80 million responses to questions designed to uncover interesting traits about the computing Us and Thems. They delved into everything from personality to media usage to food preferences, which you’ll find herewith.

Mac vs. PC Users at the Table

Mac vs. PC Food Preferences

Now, I’m not claiming any kind of culinary superiority over my PC-hugging friends—after all, like them, I have yet to find an animal protein I don’t like, and, truth be told, I’m just as apt to reach for a tunny fish melt (as I used to call it as a kid) as I am to scarf down a bánh mi. (Don’t know what it is? Well, look it up on your Dell, Mr. Gates.) But what I will cop to, as my middle-age spread sprawls into a middle-age buffet, is that I like the notion of myself as a twenty-something, hoodie-wearing hipster huddled over a phenomenal Côte du Rhône, reenacting the latest episode of “The Colbert Report” with my even cooler friends. I hold on to the image of me debating the significance of Queeque in Moby Dick while knocking back Moscow mules, even though I don’t know what the hell they are. My MacBook Pro, iPhone, and iPad make me feel young. And that, perhaps, is the greatest sustenance Macintosh has ever afforded me.

To see the whole Hunch report, click here.

So what about you? Are you a Macolyte or PCer? And how accurate are the distinctions? Come on, you can tell us below.

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  1. Oops. This chart says I’m a Mac.

    I’m a die hard pc-user. Now that Photoshop is on PC, I see no reason to switch, but that doesn’t stop me from using Ipods. I mean, I get the sexiness of Macs, but I just adore the new version of windows. It is genius.

    Plus I’m not art-y. I enjoy seeing the clutter of millions of cords coming out of the back of the computer. HA!

    1. Hi Mariko, I’m with you. I came up as a Mac but I am a die-hard IBMer. Think us PCers are just as sexy!

        1. I have one foot in the dark side with an IPhone in one hand and an IPad in the other!

  2. NO, NO, NO. Doesn’t work. We have a PC because AutoCad (my husband is an architect) is not made for Macs. We don’t drink white Zinfandel and haven’t been to a MacDonalds in about 30 years. (Did we ever really go there?) Two nights ago we opened a lovely Anderson Valley Pinot and had it with some Copper River salmon (fresh and wild, of course). Last night we had Turkish lamb kabobs, rice pilaf, and oven roasted ratatouille. We live in a city where we get wonderful banh mi and shawarma, and tuna fish for us is seared ahi. Either we are the exception to the rule, or the rule doesn’t work.

  3. Definitely a Mac girl! I am on a Macbook which I am proud to say is my first! But the expression “Once you go Mac, you will never go back” holds very true for me! My fiance is still holding onto his PC. We often have the “hi, I’m a Mac” reenactment in our house (while his spontaneously updates or fully shuts down in the middle of composing an email). Regarding our food preferences, I feel it is germane to mention that I am the culinary student in the house. I attend an arts school and the greater majority of the laptops I see while sitting in the library or in a lecture are Macs. They are supreme, it’s that simple!

    1. Christina, you’re a woman after my own heart. LOL about the spontaneous shutting down during PC updates–oh, something we Mac people never experience, right?

      BTW, curious about the photo you attached. What’s it of?

      1. David,
        It is a chocolate semifreddo with roasted hazelnuts in a creme anglaise.  One of my creations from pastry class.  It was really amazing! 

  4. Went Mac in 87, went PC in 93, went back to Mac in 2006, back to PC in 2010. Like McDonalds fries better than cafe fries… unless the cafe fries are truffled.

    Don’t drink cocktails often, but when I do, a good bourbon or old rum without anything interfering with the complexity of flavor is my preference. For the rare mixing, I tend to make my own mixes like Absolut Pear with Limonata, ginger ale, and a little muddled mint.

    And my Win 7 laptop has virtual machines capable of running Ubuntu and Snow Leopard when I need them (via VirtualBox).

    Slavish dedication to an operating system is SO last century.

  5. I am most indignant! I am a hearty PC user but also have been a lacto-ovo vegetarian for two years now. Oh yeah, and I’m Vietnamese, so bánh mì is kind of my thing — EVEN BEFORE IT WAS COOL. Heh.

      1. Thank you. Now excuse me while I go back to telling my laptop to stop updating itself every ten minutes. #irony

  6. I have a hard time envisioning my life without my MacBook Pro, it’s like an extension of my brain and it seems like each day I find new and more exciting ways to utilize it! Worth every penny! Have you also noticed that your closest friends tend also to be Mac people? I have. BTW I love your site David, it’s outstanding.

  7. Apple since forever! First computer was an Apple IIc that I bought for my 3rd grader–and she never got to use it. Apple IIc; MacSE; Performa; Powerbook 5300ce, and now a MacBook Pro. In between these were 3 Dells and a Compaq for the business–seems it took a while for Apple to get up to speed with accounting and business software. Happy to live with an iPhone and that MacBook Pro, although there seems to be some push for a bright pink iPad2.

    We are definitely a different breed–and really, a good single malt is the sign of MacRoyalty.

  8. The most telling item is the White Zin. Mac users know that’s not even a wine–should be in the soft drink list.

    1. Hear hear, Pasugibo! I don’t mean to be a snooty wine sort. I like to live and let live. Or sip and let sip, as the case may be. But white zin. Oh my. I just can’t understand why anyone drinks it.

  9. My ‘computer’ came in a big wooden crate labeled ‘Acme Computer Company’ and seems to be made mostly of corrigated sheet metal. It runs on kerosine and as long as I keep the wick trimmed, everything’s fine and I can actually rite letters like this. I subsist mostly on Ritz Crackers and and half decent bourbon. Looking closely, I don’t see the word “Mac’ anywhere on this thing….

  10. We’ve had Macs since 1988, but we were graphic designers back then. All of our daughter’s art school friends have Macs. Maybe the 10% has to do with home computers, that businesses use PCs, which often seem to be causing them system problems, but that may skew the numbers. At a glance, the differences between the food choices are class differences, probably because Macs cost more money.

    1. Katie, the class difference concept is interesting. Macs do cost so much more. I wonder if this chart would hold true if they polled iPad and iPad users, as they cost so much less.

  11. Having been a Mac user for decades I could not agree more with this article and indeed (without trying to hurt anyone’s feelings) I DO notice a difference and pattern in tastes and lifestyles. Due to my profession I was always lucky to work on a Mac (PC, too, although mainly for testing purposes), while others at the office were on PCs. Now working for an University, we are all on Macs and never hear all the horrendous problems with their machines as with PCs. Each time I do travel to headquarters, indeed more than half of the staff is vegetarian. Now, as much as you David, I love meat, even though I could pass it as long as I could be a pescatarian.

  12. I’m pretty much on that dotted line down the middle of the table, David. Except that this PCer is definitely not vegetarian.

      1. You know, I look at everything on that chart and it all has its place. That place would be on my table, at some point, during almost any given month… even the vegetables and “white” Zin!

        I really don’t have a partiality with computers either, it’s just that when all this began, all the folks I knew had PCs. If my computing ways hold true to my food ways, I’ll eventually end up with a Mac to join my PC.

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