Why are Mac users almost "cult-ish"?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by Grimace, Jul 19, 2004.

  1. Grimace macrumors 68040


    Feb 17, 2003
    with Hamburglar.
    My friend (also a Mac user) asked me this, and I didn't really have a good answer. Do Windows users have similar boards to MacRumors? To Windows users piece together shipments of 20,000 7inX7in boxes and assume new X product? Maybe the devoted just frequent this board - but it seems that everyone who is a Mac user is a "die-hard" Mac user.

    Why do YOU think Mac users are so ridiculously devoted??
    or, why are YOU devoted?
  2. enclave macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2004
    One word, community.

    Mac users are friendly and helpful, we love the product because it just WORKS.
  3. JesseJames macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2003
    How'd I get here? How can I leave?
    Ohhhhhm, ohhhhhm, ohhhhhm. Must worship Mac. Must worship Apple. Ohhhhm.

    Apple just makes great products that a lot of people are enthusiastic about.
    Some - not all - can take their enthusiasm a little bit too far.
    As with anything.
    Personally, I think Wintel machines aren't all that bad. But if I had the a preference I'd go for a Mac because it just "feels" better. You know?
    It's like the difference you feel between a cheap suit bought off the clearance rack and a tailor-cut suit made just for you.
  4. JRam macrumors member


    Jun 25, 2004
    Santa Cruz
    I think the reason I see a lot is that you have to actively choose to be a mac user. Its a lot easier when people are going out to buy a windows machine, the majority of stores only sell windows machines and the amount of mac stores and resellers is a lot less. If you want to get a mac you first have to find a store thatll sell them, then you have to pick the model you want, yadayada. For the average computer user I think that its too much work and requires too much decisions to be made on something they arent comfortable with. And even though mac has the reputation of being more user friendly than most, if you go to mac theres still this sense of being the ''lone wolf'' because if something goes wrong, then you better be able to fix it yourself because all the people around you are probably going to have windows boxes.

    Its a hell of a lot easier to go out and buy a windows box, hell they are practically falling on top of ya, but if you want a mac, ya gotta go looking.

  5. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    Microsoft does their own rumor site at www.microsoft.com. Longhorn, SQL Server 2003 (Yuck or something), Visual Studio 2003 .NET, Midtown Madness III, Xbox 2, Microsoft Music Store, etc.

    Well, it's time to pray to my G5.
  6. matthew24 macrumors 6502


    May 30, 2002
    The Big Difference (Contrast): M$ and apple:

    My zeal for Apple has a lot to do with the experience I had with M$. M$ is an abusing monopoly which tries to the destroy every open standard there is.

    Apple allows the user to control his own computer, with M$ you are being controlled, security is a mess and keeping your OS in an good condition is something like mission impossible. Apple has proved that owning a computer can be a worry-free experience, and this needs to be proclaimed, otherwise there will allways be the danger that the M$ bulldozer will crush every free mind.
  7. quagmire macrumors 603


    Apr 19, 2004
    It is not ridiculous that we are devoted to the mac. I switched 7 months ago. When I was a windows user I just treated my pc like crap(well it was crap). When I got powerbook. I started to bow down to it. I gave it baths(taking a damp cloth and cleaning aluminum). The screen only has one dead pixel :( . But, it seems to be stuck because it goes away sometimes :) . I baby my 12" powerbook. When I put it back down on a desk I go into slow motion and slowly lower it and put it on the desk. Panther was awesome. I fell in love with it. To bad we can't marry computers :p.
  8. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    There are sites devoted to Windows and groups who worship Bill Gates as the great and all powerful Oz. However, most Windows users are hourly workers who are paid to use their computers. Even the vast majority of salaried workers who use Windows are required to use it and are paid to do so. There is also a large group of Windows users who get paid to help other workers use Windows. To these people, Windows is work, like pouring concrete, waiting tables, or teaching unruly children. But, to these people Windows are computers and computers are Windows. To them, if the Mac is a computer, then the Mac is Windows at high prices and fewer applicatons and nothing deserving of anyone's loyalty. For a user to willingly pay high Apple prices and to actually enjoy using its products is surely a sign of madness.
  9. superbovine macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2003

    the xbox 2 development kit is running on a modified NT kernel running on G5's. makes prayer kinda ironic. http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=14407
  10. 5300cs macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2002
    Design: Apple puts a lot of thought into its machine design, especially notebooks. Watch & Listen to Johnathan Ive talk sometimes, it makes a lot of sense. I love their designs, from the OS, all the way to the hardware.

    some persecution: I got a lot of flak when I first bought a Mac, all of it from windows users. 1 of them in particular who would call me and talk about my sh**y Mac, then ask all kinds of questions about winXP.
    So naturally I tried to find other Mac users to hang out with. It's been an uphill battle, but rewarding and I'm never going back to the windows world. (The Linux community wasn't very nice to me either, but that's another story.)

    And it Just Works :)
  11. musicpyrite macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    Cape Cod
    Why do I act so cultish?

    uuuhhhhh....ummmm..... idk, something to do?

    oh, and because I know that every aspect of Apple is better than M$.
  12. neoelectronaut macrumors 68030


    Dec 3, 2003
    Southeastern Louisiana
    The reason I act cult-ish is because I know that the Mac is better than Windows, and i want to let others know that.
  13. oldschool macrumors 65816


    Sep 30, 2003
    I'm actually in a real religious cult...so that would explain why i act like that.
  14. goodtimes5 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 4, 2004
    Bay Area
  15. jackc macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2003
    It's not only because we appreciate the quality and beauty of Macs, but also because Mac users are in a very small minority, and as anyone can tell you, most Wintel users are ignorant or (to put it charitably) uninformed about Macs. If Macs had 20% market share, I think there would be much less of a "cult."
  16. jtgotsjets macrumors 6502


    May 20, 2004
    Lawrence, KS
    we're just a smaller community, which makes it easier to band together.

    it helps that macs have always seemed more personal than a personal computer. i've rarely heard of someone naming a pc, but i have plenty of friends that name their macs.

    and macs work so much better, their user base is happier and friendlier and more conducive to making friends.
  17. Savage Henry macrumors 65816

    Savage Henry

    Feb 20, 2004
    in a one horse, two house, three pub town.

    I think that at the point of 20% share it would break out into factions, the reactionary dynamics of which would undermine the original Mac ethos. .. but then again, maybe not.

    There is that short movie iBrotha which humorises the cult metaphore of the Mac while at the same time paying homage to Rodney Lain.
  18. Krizoitz macrumors 65816


    Apr 26, 2003
    Tokyo, Japan
    What people have said are good indications of why we all like macs, but I have one thing to add, i think our "persecution" by arrogant and obnoxious and sometimes just mis-informed PC users helps this. When you are constantly harrassed about your computer choice, especially when its a choice you make rather than just going with the mainstream you get defensive? Why because its a natural reaction to critcism, especially the kind you get in regards to being a Mac user. When you are called stupid just because you use a different computer without any logical (or at best fallaciously logical) reasoning behind it you want to stand up for yourself. Given that Apple tends to appeal to people who are willing to not just go along with the majority, we are less likely to just give in and change. You tease a dog a little bit it can ignore you, but you constantly tease it and it starts to fight back, then you start blamming the dog for being agressive. I think the same is true about PC users and Mac users. Alot of times you are harrassed because you use a Mac, so you get sick of it and start fighting back, then they accuse you of being a zealot (another attack). Just about anytime I am harrassed now I ask them why its so dumb to use a Mac, then when they start saying the usual things (Macs are more expensive, no software, more people use PC's) I start breaking down their arguments. Either through counter examples, the first two, or taking their argument and replacing it with a similar situation (Just because a majority of people in the world do something one way does that make it better/right). Soon they either realize that they have no good reason, or they devolve into, "well Macs are just dumb" at which point you tell them to go away.
  19. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    Sure, the same things happen but not in quite the same way. The overclocking and gaming crowds do get just as stoked over leaks about new processors, boards, video chipsets, software and so on. A big difference is that the watching is scattered among the activities of multiple vendors, while in the Mac community most of the interesting developments are channeled through a single company.
    You do have to remember that over the past several years, the platform did go through a period where the available offerings were weak enough that only die-hard fanatics would have stayed around. While the audience is (very) slowly rebounding, the fanatics are still the core constituency.
    I moved away from the platform in the '90s when suckage took over, and didn't look back until they started making cool toys again.
  20. belair macrumors 6502


    Jun 10, 2004
    Easy as that

    Winblows owns the world.
    Us mac people run it.
    Thanks to our great macs.
  21. Sharewaredemon macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2004
    Cape Breton Island
    There is an ad campain in Canada about smoking where in the commercial it shows two guys who are smoking in their kitchen and talking about smoking. (they look like "rippers" but i'm not sure if everyone will understand that) There is one where they talk about how they don't understand how people who don't smoke meet people. One sas: "So I was hanging out in the designated smoking area and this guy walked up and he looked like a total jerk but then he asked me for a cigarette I was like woah man you smoke, and he turned out to be really cool."

    Well i was thinking of making a movie like that, except about macs. "I don't know how people who don't use macs meet each other. Cause like, I was hanging out at the apple store useing an iMac and this guy walked up to me, and he looked like a total loser but then he asked me if I could help him with is laptop problem."

    Hmmmm, needs work.
  22. matthew24 macrumors 6502


    May 30, 2002
    -The passion for our Macs is is a direct result of our excellent user-experience in contrast to most of our experiences with Wintel boxes. Our admiration is just logic.
    -What bugs me about most PC users is that they 'choose' for Wintel because they just follow the masses (my neighbour is a lemming, so I will be a lemming). As a result we have to put up with PC's in our neighbourhood way too much. So we try to escape and try to find out where our Mac-mates are hanging out. We are in the same boat, surrounded by sharks. ;)
  23. Koree macrumors 6502

    Jun 19, 2004

    Our computers are sexier. ^^ its true! Well thats only one of the many many reasons.

    Well be mac user and be proud, very proud of it,
  24. Grimace thread starter macrumors 68040


    Feb 17, 2003
    with Hamburglar.
    For me, OS9 was the reason I hated Apple. When a friend gave me a test-drive on his OSX Powerbook, I started drooling (he had Applecare :p ) In order of importance:

    1. Interface
    2.. No Viruses
    3. Sexiness

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