· Adapted from Research finds egg preference reflects personality, World poultry, 5 october 2012
A person’s favourite way of eating eggs can predict their personality type.
British scientists have uncovered a statistical relationship between a person’s character, lifestyle and social class and whether they like their eggs boiled, fried, scrambled or as an omelette. The study was carried out by Mindlab International, an organisation which undertakes specialist research into the psychology and neuroscience of consumer choice and preference. The research team found that poached egg eaters are outgoing, boiled egg consumers are disorganised, fried egg fans have a high sex drive, scrambled egg aficionados are guarded and omelette eaters are self-disciplined.
Researchers quizzed 1,010 adults across the UK who answered in-depth questions about their egg preferences and key aspects of their personality, as well as details about their lifestyles, family life and the way they prefer to eat their eggs.
Egg and personality results
The average poached egg-eater is likely to have two children and no more than one older brother or sister. They are more likely to be women than men. A taste for poached eggs increases as one gets older. Generally, eaters are also most likely to be outgoing socially and energetic extraverts. They may have a tendency to wear decorative clothing and prefer upbeat and lively music. They are also probably happier than most.
The average boiled egg-eater is more likely to be a woman than a man. They could be either working or upper class. Boiled egg-eaters scored lower on the trait of conscientiousness and thus have a tendency to be more disorganised, careless and impulsive. They may also run a greater risk of getting divorced.
Fried egg-eaters are most likely to be younger and male. Fried egg fans are most frequently found among the skilled working classes and have older brothers or sisters. They are typically open to new experiences, creative, curious and imaginative. They are also more likely to have higher memorable dream recall, are better informed about sex, have wider sexual experiences and stronger sex drives.
Scrambled eggs are the favourite egg cooking choice for those aged 20 to 39 and eaters were more likely than other types to be in managerial or senior-level jobs and also to own their own home. Scrambled egg eaters were more likely to be less neurotic but also more guarded and less open.
A middle class favourite, the omelette is eaten less frequently than all other egg dishes. Omelette eaters tend to be reliable, well organised and self-disciplined. They are more likely to have tidy homes. Omelette fans may live longer and are less likely to get divorced.
People with no children prefer scrambled eggs, while those with four or more prefer fried eggs – perhaps because of the speed and ease of cooking fried eggs in a big family compared to other egg types. Parents with two children are more likely to prefer poached eggs.
A person’s profession can indicate egg preference. People with managerial, professional or clerical jobs are more likely to choose scrambled eggs, while manual workers, casual labourers and the unemployed tend to choose fried eggs.
The order in which a person is born into their family can also make a difference – those born first or second prefer scrambled, while those born third or more go for fried eggs.
Andrew Joret, Chairman of the British Egg Industry Council, says: “People seem to have very clear preferences when it comes to how they like their eggs and we always wondered why. Incredibly, this new research shows that the way you eat your eggs reflects a great deal about you – we call it the ‘eggs factor’. This indicates not just someone’s key character and personality traits, but also their family circumstances.