(Source: DeviantArt/KalasPuff)
And 1 in 33 men would dump their girlfriend for a free iPad

In China some people are willing to literally give up an organ to get their hands on the coveted gadgets of Apple, Inc. (AAPL), the world's most valuable tech company.  But in America, Apple's top market would people really go that far?

The answer is apparently "yes".  A new poll by, an online casino surveyed 600 people and found that 11 percent of single men would prefer a free iPad to a relationship.  The poll also found that of men who said they were in a relationship 3 percent said they would ditch their partner for an iPad.

A Roxy Palace spokesperson commented on the surprising figure, "There has been a huge amount of hype surrounding the iPad 3 and for many it's the ultimate gadget.  But instead of simply giving up their hard-earned cash it seems some men would be happy to remain on the shelf if it meant taking one home with them.  The Apple product has a wide variety of functions but even the latest version can't offer some of the things that a new romance can, but it seems many males are happy to forego this."

Granted there's a few things fishy about this poll.
  1. Its sample size is super-small
  2. While official (it's on the site's blog, here) details are lacking (how many men, how many women, citizenship status) and it could be a publicity stunt.
  3. It is the internet, so people can lie.
That said, Apple's fans tend to be very enthusiastic, so this number might not be that far off.  Podcast of various radio stations covering the store including callers claiming that their girlfriends (or boyfriends) had dumped them for either buying a non-Apple phone/tablet or for refusing to grant their significant other access to their Apple device, so there is some circumstantial evidence supporting the online casino's internet poll.

Some men would reportedly prefer an iPad to a relationship. [Image Source: Apple]

More supporting evidence comes from recent surveys which showed that 1 in 3 people would rather give up sex for a week than their phone, and a study that claimed Apple users were less likely to "get lucky" on their first date than users of Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Android.

Source: Roxy Palace

"This week I got an iPhone. This weekend I got four chargers so I can keep it charged everywhere I go and a land line so I can actually make phone calls." -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

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