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. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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