Reddit survey tries to identify the ‘average jailbreaker’

By , Mar 18, 2013

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In my 4 or 5 years of hanging out in the jailbreak community, I’ve met people from all walks of life. Both men and women jailbreak, ranging in ages from 6-60, and they come from all around the world. I can’t imagine trying to determine the ‘average jailbreaker.’

But that’s exactly what Reddit user spiceman54j was hoping to accomplish this weekend when he surveyed Redditors from the r/jailbreak forum. In total, he collected data from nearly 400 jailbreakers, and he’s created an infographic to showcase his findings…

Obviously, an amateur survey of Reddit users doesn’t count for much—especially with a sample size of less than 400 people. But we figured the data shown in the infographic was still fairly interesting, coming from r/jailbreak, and was worth posting for discussion.

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Looking at the graphic, we can glean that out of those who took the survey, the average jailbreaker is a teenaged male, living in the US. He uses either an iPhone 4S or 5, and has about 28 tweaks installed. And there’s no real surprises in the top tweaks or themes.

Yes, you could poke holes in this survey for days—like the fact that 20% of evasi0n.com’s 5 million first-week visitors were from China, who would probably not be hanging out in an English-speaking subreddit. But still, you can’t argue with the data that is presented.

If you want to add yourself to the survey, you can find the form here. It’s just under 30 questions. If you would like to view a more detailed, interactive version of this infographic, you can find it here. And to learn more about jailbreaking, visit our jailbreak section.

What do you think of the data shown here? Do you fall inside or outside of what it claims to be the ‘average jailbreaker?’

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  • http://www.facebook.com/dietermarkus Markus Hudobnik

    Really interesting statistics. :)

  • RarestName

    Wow, people’s phones crash multiple times a day.

    • Ignacio Irigoyen

      Well, with 140 tweaks installed on the idevice I guess is possible

      • http://twitter.com/EdwardDraper Edward Draper

        That’s me, the average US male aged 14. (with 50 tweaks on iDevice, crashes all the time, IHATEIT)

      • bloodshed

        well you better consider lowering that number if you want to have a phone. You want to have everything, but you end up getting nothing.

    • FlamingOzone

      Mine does when I use fold music

    • http://twitter.com/KevinSoy3 Kevin Soy

      Kendall. true that Micheal`s report is astonishing… on tuesday I bought a brand new Land Rover Range Rover from bringing in $4542 this-last/4 weeks and even more than ten-k this past month. this is really the coolest job Ive ever had. I actually started seven months/ago and right away startad bringin in more than $85… per/hr. I follow the instructions here…….. BIT40.ℂom

    • Kurt

      My wife’s iphone crashes all the time. But the worst problem for her is the black screen that only comes back on after a hard reboot or if she receives an sms or call. Pretty weird. But its been like this ever since getting her 4S.

  • http://twitter.com/Lagax_ Lagax

    I think the ‘skill level’ thing is caused by cydia, noobs won’t get it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000945354629 Avery Massenburg

    I’m pretty surprised by the Male to Female ratio.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Akshaydoiphode05 Akshay Waitforit Doiphode

      its jailbreaking buddy , not sandwich making , its obvious :D

      • altheablue

        Please get a clue.
        Sincerely,
        A Female Technerd.

      • Kurt

        What you don’t know how to make a sandwich?

      • Hyr3m

        So… as a female technerd you don’t know about the fact that you’re part of the minority? And he should get a clue?
        You could’ve used that to your advantage and said something like “Being part of the minority of female technerds I can tell you that most females with jailbroken iDevices don’t jailbreak it themselves and certainly don’t hang out on JB forums, the true figure is probably 60/40 or 70/30″.

      • altheablue

        I *could*, but why try to talk sense to fools? FWIW, every woman I know with a jailbroken phone did it herself.

      • http://www.facebook.com/Akshaydoiphode05 Akshay Waitforit Doiphode

        bravo :) claps for da gal !

      • Hyr3m

        Good point ^^ It is an iDevice centered blog after all and the percentage of fools is dramatically higher in the Apple universe…

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Hazlett/100000399685156 John Hazlett

        Zing! Hilarious!

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      yeah it kinda geeky and techy most females dont like that stuff… many female like to have a JBed iPhone but they dont wana do it themselves

      • Kurt

        i read somewhere that most females like shopping and complaining. I wonder if it’s true.

    • http://twitter.com/arcayus Arcaen

      Why did I read Male to Female fellatio..

  • Jimothy

    You’d figure that more people would be considered “Noobs”. I guess since it was in Reddit’s jailbreak forum, which is considered the “mature jailbreak” community, there would be less noobs. Maybe idownloadblog should contribute more data? They could reach larger crowds of people that way.

  • Blahblahtldr

    This is not really accurate.. the title should be: The average jailbreaker that visits reddid.

    Its mostly kids on Reddit so these charts are not a good representation of the actual Jailbreaker.

    • http://www.iDownloadBlog.com Sebastien

      Good point

      • Blahblahtldr

        I see you have edited the title, rendering my awesome post useless D’: *wheeps*

      • http://www.iDownloadBlog.com Sebastien

        I put it back to the original title.

      • http://www.facebook.com/brian.dorsainvil Brian Dorsainvil

        Sebastien, what tweak is used to make the NC appear like that. The color.

      • http://hbang.ws/ Adam D

        FastBlurredNotificationCenter on rpetrich’s repo (rpetri dot ch/repo)

      • http://www.facebook.com/brian.dorsainvil Brian Dorsainvil

        Thanks

    • Kurt

      plus 360 out of how many jailbreakers are there? 10 million? I think it has been increased with the latest jailbreaks for iOS 6. But don’t remember the number

  • http://twitter.com/DvdGman David Gitman

    what about israel? ;_;

    • Kurt

      It’s located southernly from Lebanon. What else do you want to know?

    • Hyr3m

      It’s the most antisemitic and hateful country on earth. It breaches the Geneva conventions daily and was set up by heretic financial criminals. What else do you want to know?

      • http://twitter.com/DvdGman David Gitman

        antisemitic? are you a dumbass ? O_O

      • Hyr3m

        Do you know who are the Semitic people? Do you know who gets harassed, killed, bombed and whatnot by Israelites almost every day?
        Classic mala fides conversation method : accuse the other side of doing exactly what you’re the one doing before he gets a chance to say it; that way the other side can’t go “no, it’s you who is (…)” because it seems very childish and sounds like a lie.

      • http://twitter.com/DvdGman David Gitman

        You people always see the other side, you believe Palestinian propaganda and ignore what we Israelis go through every day. What about us? What about the terror attacks, the rockets aimed at Israeli cities from Gaza, the Intifada?

      • Hyr3m

        I have but stated facts… where is the propaganda?
        Israel is a criminal state and (a part of) the armed wing of the “Empire” (for lack of a better name, yes the USA is another big part of that).

        What you are talking about is “armed resistance”, just like the rebel alliance in Star Wars.

        Foreigners invade a country , build a huge wall, kill and destroy… but you’re right, the locals shouldn’t fight back and just give up their land because some Jews got killed 70 years ago…

        The Chinese lost about 10 times more people than the Jews in ww2; should we give them half of Russia as a compensation?
        Black people suffered from the shackles of slavery in numbers around 80 times greater than the Jews who died in ww2… should they keep a quarter of the USA as compensation? Maybe a part of South-America? They should logically get a piece of Europe too… Should we allow both of them to wage war against their new neighbors and steal even more of the land from people who have never done anything to deserve getting their land stolen? Hey let’s give Hawaii to the Japs too because of all the civilians killed in Hiroshima and Nagasaki !

        I’m quite a pacifist myself… Yet I find it much easier to justify what the Palestinians are doing (even though they should leave civilians out of it) than to justify what the Israelites are doing (they don’t leave civilians out of it either and they started it…).

        When you know that those who funded Hitler then stole a piece of land in the name of those killed by Hitler (and against their will; most knowledgeable Jews called Zionists heretics and were against the creation of Israel)… and that they’re now enforcing an apartheid and committing crimes against humanity… you put things into perspective and stop using the media propaganda terminology.

    • Guest

      why do you hate us so much?

  • http://twitter.com/spiceman54j Josh 

    Wow, this is really cool. I’m spiceman54j, thanks for featuring my survey! I visit idownloadblog daily and seeing my work here is really mindblowing :)

    • Ben

      Good on you. Its really nicely laid out as well. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/kiefferbp Brian Kieffer

    I am quite surprised that f.lux is one of the top 10 tweaks used amongest those users. I really love f.lux, but almost everyone I show it to do not like it (and it is set to only be warm enough to get rid of the blue glow at nighttime).

    BTW, I have 114 tweaks (excluding dependencies and themes) and have absolutely zero problems with everything. Very good battery life and crashes are extremely rare.

    • http://twitter.com/Cesuva Matthew

      I refuse to believe that you get very good battery life with 114 MS .dylibs

      • http://www.facebook.com/kiefferbp Brian Kieffer

        Technically, they aren’t all tweaks. I meant packages. I do have 109 active MS .dylibs. My battery lasts the entire day and then some. I would post a usage screenshot, but I almost always respring my device during the day.

        Also, I actually did a standby battery test of my iPhone 4 with a very similar jailbreak setup (>100 MS .dylibs). It lasted 11 days in standby plus about 30 minutes of usage with push gmail active through Exchange. Compare that to Apple’s 300 hours (12.5 days).

  • http://twitter.com/Devin_Plebuch Devin Plebuch

    I partook I’m this survey. It was a good start, but far too limited. All of the various jailbreak communities ought to have been included and about 40 more questions asked. But, I like.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    you have to really know what you are doing and how to set up your phone to avoid instability issues.. you can just go installing what ever…

  • Kaptivator

    What tweak is that for the notification screen in the pic? Sorry for my ignorance, but I just JB my iPhone Saturday.

    • http://twitter.com/notoriousTEG tim

      that makes it blurry? fastblurriednc or something

      • Kaptivator

        Not what makes it blurry, but gives all that info and options in the notification center. airplane mode and all on the top row, 5 day whether etc.

      • http://twitter.com/notoriousTEG tim

        that’ll either be ncsettings (with a theme) or sbsettings (with a theme). check out the notification centre addons in cydia under the ‘sections’ tabs for some cool stuff to put in there

      • Kaptivator

        Thanks for the info..Only thing that worries me now is the fact that i may mess up my jail break.. I’m new to the jail breaking game and don’t want to have to restore and possibly loose my jailbreak because one tweak don’t like the other.

      • http://twitter.com/notoriousTEG tim

        yep. stay light on tweaks, remember that onl the iPhone and itouch 4 can downgrade/restore, and if you get stuck in a boot loop, hold down the top volume button during boot. this disables everything mobile substrate and gives you a chance to uninstall stuff. good luck

      • Kaptivator

        Thanks for the tip…Now if I do (hopefully not) have to cancel a boot loop with the top volume button, after the item is uninstalled would I just respring or power cycle with just the top button or power cycle with the home and top button.. Just want to know now, just in case. Thanks again.

      • http://twitter.com/notoriousTEG tim

        im a little lost there..you’ll need to reboot to re enable mobile substrate (on most occasions). also, if you’re sure you’re in a boot loop, hard reset it by holding home and power buttons for ten seconds, then at the start of the boot hold the top power button for the length of the boot. if you need any more help I suggest you shoot over to modmyi forums as they have a great user base and will be able to help you out with any other questions

      • Kaptivator

        Thanks…This info is just good to know ahead of time.

  • http://twitter.com/jimbohurt James

    Only 350 ish people doesnt seem like enough to me? Idk.

    • Kurt

      There was a poll and many blog posts written about it. The poll was 206 people and how often do they use siri. If they use it at least 1 time a month then they are considered a siri user. So the percentage of users of siri was pretty high. The devil is in the details.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000032851191 Tom Matsaev

    What is reddit?

    • http://twitter.com/notoriousTEG tim

      it would have been quicker for you to put that into google than here as a comment.

  • Surenix

    Nicely done.

  • Antzboogie

    I think more people would switch to Android if there was no jailbreak then the survey said. Like what would be the point I lobe tweaks, widgets, themes,etc JB=Awesome

  • batongxue

    Shite!
    Seriously inaccurate!
    Where are the Chinese folks

    • Hyr3m

      Not on reddit ?