IT People “Twice as Likely” to Wear Heavy Metal T-Shirt as Other People

IT people are 34% more likely to wear a ponytail than others and 63% more likely to wear black jeans, according to survey of 1000 office workers.

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Both business managers and IT professionals are quickly adopting hosted Microsoft Exchange, and this research helps us to better understand the mindset of our customers.

New York (PRWEB) September 13, 2006

According to new research, IT staff are twice as likely to wear a heavy metal t-shirt as their non-IT counterparts. The study of 1000 office workers, by Intermedia.NET, the leading Microsoft Exchange host, also found IT types 34% more likely to sport a ponytail. Other key findings:

  • Black jeans are 63% more popular among IT types than other workers
  • IT workers are 32% less likely to wear clean clothes every day of the week than business managers
  • Business and IT people are equally likely to wear a cellphone belt clip

The survey also found that despite unhelpful stereotyping such as Apple’s ‘Mac and PC’ commercials, IT and business people are equally likely – at 5% each – to wear dated 1990s spectacles.

Confirming one stereotype, however, was the finding that IT workers were almost twice as likely to carry a Maglite and a Leatherman. Both businesspeople and IT people prefer a Leatherman over a MagLite, and are 20% more likely to carry one.

“Our research provides an interesting insight into the life of IT people,” said Rurik Bradbury, VP marketing for Intermedia.NET. “Our large Microsoft Gold Certified team of engineers was comforted that IT people are twice as likely to wear Megadeth and similar t-shirts, and that black jeans and ponytails are still hot items. However, they were distraught to find that the cellphone belt clip has gone ‘mainstream’ and lost its identification with the IT subculture.”

One interesting finding from the study was that IT staff are more likely to wear an expensive suit than a cheap one. While business staff are still far more likely to wear any suit at all, IT people shun cheap suits, with 33% more of them choosing a pricey suit over a bargain one. Fake expensive watches are currently not popular among techies, with only 2% of IT people admitting to wearing one.

“Intermedia.NET believes the findings in this study to be very valuable,” added Bradbury. “Both business managers and IT professionals are quickly adopting hosted Microsoft Exchange, and this research helps us to better understand the mindset of our customers.”

Intermedia.NET offers hosted Microsoft Exchange to small and medium businesses, with affordable plans starting at $9.95 per month for each user. This press release is also available on the Intermedia.NET Web site.

About Intermedia.NET

Intermedia.NET is the US leader in Exchange hosting and Web hosting for small and medium businesses. A Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, we are committed to best-in-class 24x7 service. With three locations around the world, Intermedia.NET offers its growing customer base an outstanding technical team, guaranteed service levels, and ease of management through its unmatched HostPilot® Control Panel. Founded in 1995 and hosting Microsoft Exchange since 2000, its extremely reliable service and support have earned Intermedia.NET a reputation as one of the premiere providers of Exchange and Web hosting solutions. For more information, visit http://www.intermedia.net.

For more information, please contact:

Lisa Coleman

Marketing Manager

Intermedia.NET

(646) 519-8206

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