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Database company Embarcadero has produced the results of its IT lifestyle census, after polling a wide range of UK IT professionals.

Much of the information provides predictable results: IT pros earn more than average people (£35,000); they are frequently stressed (42 per cent under constant pressure); they work longer hours (42 hours a week); and, significantly, the bulk of them drink beer (42 per cent). Unfortunately, the survey did not attempt to determine drinkers' favourite pint.

Most (40 per cent) believe the Internet to be the most important IT innovation or invention; the bulk (36 per cent) would prefer not to work for a major IT company; and Bill Gates narrowly pips Ali G as the preferred dinner guest (23 versus 22 per cent), while Jordan (a very large breasted UK glamour model) makes a more distant third at 15 per cent. Of course, this is for dining and not 'whom would you most like to shag', which may skew the results somewhat.

What is concerning to us is the further evidence that educated people breed less, thus possibly serving to help lower the global IQ average. On this survey, 52 per cent have a university degree (and only 30 per cent are single), but the average number of children only sits at 0.8!

Interestingly for The Reg is that 33 per cent of them believe online news services are more useful than print rivals, although the larger percentage (47) find them equally important.

The survey obtained responses from over 5,000 IT professionals. It hopes to use the information to develop tools to make IT professionals more productive.

Sadly, the survey did not ask how many people ascribe 'Jedi Knight' as their preferred religion, so we'll have to keep waiting for results from the official census. ®

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