Friday, December 24, 2010

Personality Insight: What Does Your Ringtone Say About You?

What Does Your Ringtone Say About You?

Usually, when I go shopping at the mall, or have to go the airport or any public place for that matter, you are almost always guaranteed to hear a mobile phone ringing some kind of tune or sound.  Are you a natural comedian, an entertainer, maybe someone with class or even a bit cool?  Well, you better watch out because someone might be able to figure this out just by listening to your ringtone, lol.  There are many different types of ringtones to choose from and each says something different about you. Some ringtones are simply a sound effect, or a monophonic melody made of similar tones. Others are polyphonic melodies made from a combination of instruments. Still others are actual songs in the form of MP3 music. What does YOUR ringtone say about you?

Well according to, a research was done by the U.K.-based carrier Tesco Mobile, indicating that people do judge mobile users based on their ringtone. They surveyed 1,000 customers and discovered that 21% of them thought having a standard ringtone was "uncool." The survey also concluded that people who use their own recorded voice as a ringtone are self-obsessed, and that users who constantly change their rings might be flighty and unreliable. This all seems 'self-explanatory to me!'

So anyways...

  • If your phone plays a classic rock tune, you're showing your age, but you get points for figuring out how to change the ringer, Gramps.
  • If your phone is still playing "Jingle Bell Rock" in July, you're not going to impress people with your productivity.
  • If your ringtone is a current hip-hop or R&B hit, you're young at heart, but you're not particularly original. Hip-hop ringtones accounted for more than half of the $300 million U.S. market in 2004.
  • If your phone plays the sound of an old mechanical phone bell, you're not as funny as you think you are. But also, you're down-to-earth and not a show off, - that's just my opinion...
  • If your phone plays the theme song to a television show, you're not going to impress anyone with your intellectual acumen. Perhaps a Mozart or Beethoven ringer would do some damage control.
  • If your phone never leaves vibrate or silent mode, you may be the kind of important person who can't afford to waste time answering a phone call right now. Or maybe you just think you're that important. However, you may also be considerate and respectful, the kind of person we'd like sitting behind us in a movie theater. (or on an airplane...) 
  • Unfortunately, we tend to get saddled with seatmates whose phones play the popular "Crazy Frog," the clucking chicken, or any number of other annoying animal noises. If you're one of these folks, you may be a sociopath.
So the next time your ringtone goes off, you might want to think twice about your choice of sounds.....

Resource(s):, ArticleAlley

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