The relationship between HSG students and MacBooks

By: Mathias, Nikolina, Nena, Branka

We wanted to know why usage of MacBooks is so common among students at University of St. Gallen. Electronic devices are getting more and more important not only because of their features and technical performances, but also for their ability to express your personality and to fit into society or a specific group in the society.

To investigate this phenomena we asked following questions:
1. Which computer is the most used in the University?
2. What do you think why is that so and what are the drivers?
3. Would you consider to switch your computer on another device? Why yes, why not?
4. Demographical questions concerning gender, name, age and study program.

In our preliminary research nine students participated answering on these four questions. Our findings have shown very similar key drivers for buying a MacBooks. It turned out that the main reasons for HSG students to purchase a MacBook are prestige, technical performances and design. In terms of technical performances students prefer MacBooks because it fits with their iPhones and most of them said it is convenient and software is user-friendly. Another important aspect that students mentioned is of social nature. Some of them mentioned network effect and peer pressure.

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How anonymity deteriorates social media posts

By Claudia Besser and Niels Niemann

Social media is all about sharing personal content with other people. But how do posts change when platforms enable users to publish them anonymously? The app Jodel is exactly based on that idea. Users can write short posts without their name appearing. In cities with a university, like St. Gallen, the app is mostly used by students. Although being very popular for a while, Jodel lost a big part of its community. This might be a consequence of the misbehavior of some users.

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