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Mar112011

You Are What Your E-Mail Address Says You Are

John Foxx/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If you’re an AOL user, you are mostly likely to be an overweight woman between the ages of 35 and 64 who prefers sweet snacks and lounging around the house in sweats.  At least, that's according to a recent survey of 500 thousand people by the website Hunch.com.

Hunch.com drew up the following profiles of people, based on their e-mail domains:

AOL -- Users are most likely to be overweight women ages 35-64 who have a high school diploma and are spiritual, but not religious. They tend to be politically middle of the road, in a relationship for more than ten years, and have children. AOL users live in the suburbs and haven't traveled outside their own country. Family is their first priority. AOL users mostly read magazines, have a desktop computer, listen to the radio, and watch TV on one to three DVRs in their home.  At home, they lounge around in sweats. AOL users are optimistic extroverts who prefer sweet snacks and like working on a team.

Gmail -- Users are most likely to be thin young men ages 18-34 who are college-educated and not religious. They tend to be politically liberal, single, and childless. Gmail users live in cities and have traveled to five or more countries. They're career-focused and plugged-in. They mostly read blogs, have an iPhone and laptop, and listen to music via MP3s and computers. They don't have a DVR.  At home, they lounge around in a t-shirt and jeans. Gmail users prefer salty snacks and are introverted and entrepreneurial. They are optimistic or pessimistic, depending on the situation.

Hotmail -- Users are most likely to be young women of average build ages 18-34 and younger, who have a high school diploma and are not religious. They tend to be politically middle of the road, single, and childless. Hotmail users live in the suburbs, perhaps still with their parents, and have traveled to up to five countries. They mostly read magazines and contemporary fiction, have a laptop, and listen to music via MP3s and computers but they don't have a DVR. At home, Hotmail users lounge around in a t-shirt and jeans. They're introverts who prefer sweet snacks and like working on a team. They consider themselves more pessimistic, but sometimes it depends on the situation.

Yahoo! -- Users are most likely to be overweight women ages 18-49 who have a high school diploma and are spiritual, but not religious. They tend to be politically middle of the road, in a relationship of one to five years, and have children. Yahoo! users live in the suburbs or in rural areas and haven't traveled outside their own country. Family is their first priority. They mostly read magazines, are almost equally likely to have a laptop or desktop computer, listen to the radio and CDs, and watch TV on one to two DVRs in their home. At home, Yahoo! users lounge around in pajamas. They're extroverts who prefer sweet snacks and like working on a team. Yahoo! users are optimistic or pessimistic, depending on the situation.

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