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What Will You Name Your New Car?

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On: Fri, May 7, 2010 at 5:55PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

What Will You Name Your New Car?

It may come as a surprise to many people, but there is actually a fancy scientific name for the naming of people’s cars and it is called "anthropomorphism." Studies have shown that as many as 25% of all motorists name their cars, and about half of them thought of their cars as either masculine or feminine. If a car is simply an electronic piece of equipment, then why is it more likely to be named than a refrigerator, or even a snowmobile, or a go-cart, for that matter?

The reason is that people have historically developed somewhat a personal relationship with their cars. Although a driver’s automobile is not a unique model, owners do tend to personalize their cars in many different ways (hence the reason that the aftermarket industry is so big). We depend on our cars for our survival to get to work and earn a living, just as historically people depended on their horses for transportation; perhaps our cars have become modern archetype of our primordial four-legged companions..

A recent poll found as many as four in ten people said they believed their car has a unique personality, and two in ten individuals have named their cars. Women, being more likely than men to name their cars, have a larger percentage who believe the gender of their car is female as well. 90% of people who name their cars also admitted that they really enjoy driving, so it makes sense that this particular segment of the population would feel a stronger connection to their automobiles.

Some psychologists believe that by bonding with our cars and naming them, we think that we have control over them, but the people who actually practice “anthropomorphism” may disagree. A study done at University of Kentucky showed that 60% of all people have held a conversation with their car at one time (possiby when it was getting ready to break down), and 27% give their car a pet name. If you ask me, it sounds more like a fun diversion than a deep psychological issue! The top three car names, according to the study were Betsy, Freddie, and Babe.

In the near future, our cars will be talking back to us. A new voice recognition device will be on the market soon and cars will be speaking to us in a female voice, reminding us to do things such as change the oil and balance and rotate the tires. Maybe she will even be capable of making up pet names for us!



RoadKill | 6:14PM (Fri, May 7, 2010)

Our cars will be talking back to us? does that mean that they can nag us too?


imwithcoco | 6:27PM (Fri, May 7, 2010)

Yes but you get to call them KITT!

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RoadKill | 8:38PM (Fri, May 7, 2010)

Naming your car......who are these people!


RoadKill | 8:58AM (Sat, May 8, 2010)

I have had some rather colorful names for many of my not so reliable cars...but this is a family blog


gator done | 8:05AM (Mon, May 10, 2010)

I have heard of people naming their cars. I personally have never had a nice enough car to honor it with a name. I usually call my car a P.O.S.

I was in the parking lot the other day and I heard a voice from the next lane over I looked over and this car was backing out of a parking space and it was saying, " This car is backing up..this car is backing up...this car is backing up. I don't see how this is helpful to other motorist. Because if you are in your car going down the lane, you are not going to hear the other car telling you that it is backing up (it is not that loud). And if the talking car backs into your car then what does it say?

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