Reddit is More Addicted to Energy Drinks than BuzzFeed

reddit  and buzzfeed caffeine use

Our Death By Caffeine web app has been pretty popular over the years and it also can give us some interesting data regarding which sources of caffeine are preferred by its users.

Over the past year both BuzzFeed and reddit featured Death By Caffeine and sent a lot of visitors to it. We thought it would be fun to see how the caffeine habits of BuzzFeed users compared to the habits of reddit users.

Here’s what we discovered. The beverages are in order from most popular to least.

BuzzFeed vs. reddit

BuzzFeed UsersReddit Users
1Coffee (Brewed)Red Bull
2Coca-Cola ClassicCoffee (Brewed)
3Red BullCoca-Cola Classic
4Coffee (Espresso)Monster Energy Drink
5Monster Energy DrinkCoffee (Espresso)
6Diet CokeMountain Dew
7Coke ZeroCoke Zero
8Mountain Dew5 Hour Energy
9Dr PepperDr Pepper
10Coffee (Instant)Pepsi Cola
11Pepsi ColaTea (Black)
12LatteMonster Absolutely Zero
13Tea (Black)Diet Coke
14Monster Absolutely ZeroGreen Tea
15SpriteWater Joe
16Green TeaCoffee (Instant)
17Starbucks Bottled FrappuccinoMonster Assault
185 Hour EnergySprite
20RockstarRed Bull Total Zero
21Red Bull Total ZeroNOS Energy Drink
22Water JoeCoca-Cola C2
23Iced TeaSurge Citrus Soda
24Coca-Cola C2Monster Extra Strength
25Caffe MochaChocolate Milk
 26Coffee (Decaf, Brewed)Fanta
 27Diet PepsiAmp Energy Drink
 28FantaCocaine Energy Drink
29Americano CoffeeStarbucks Bottled Frappuccino
30Chocolate MilkJolt Cola Energy Drink

It seems as if BuzzFeed users and reddit users have slightly different tastes when it comes to caffeine consumption.
A few observations include:

  1. BuzzFeed users prefer coffee based drinks, while reddit users prefer energy drinks.
  2. Both rank energy drinks in the same order. Red Bull, Monster, then Rockstar.
  3. BuzzFeeders like Diet Coke, while redditors like Coke Zero the best.
  4. Both prefer Coke over Pepsi.
  5. Both are confused about the caffeine content of Sprite (Sprite has no caffeine in case you were wondering).
  6. The top 5 of both had the same drinks but just in a different order.

Which Group Weighs More?

Since our Death by Caffeine App requires that users enter their weight, we can also determine which group weighs the most.

Research has shown that those who drink carbonated beverages weigh more than those who don’t, so let’s see if this holds true for reddit users since they seem to prefer energy drinks and sodas over coffee and tea.

The average weight entered by all reddit users = 174 pounds
The average weight entered by all BuzzFeed users = 167 pounds

Which Top 30 Drinks Have the Heaviest Drinkers?

top 6 drinks with the heaviest consumers

Pretty counterintuitive that 4 of the 6 beverages are diet drinks, but they are all indeed soft drinks. App users who weighed the least were instant coffee drinkers averaging just 137 pounds.

Average Visitors

For comparison’s sake, here’s how the general traffic to our site ranks caffeinated beverages.

General Visitor’s Caffeine Preference
1Red Bull
2Coffee (brewed)
3Monster Energy Drink
4Coffee (Espresso)
5Coca-Cola Classic
6Mountain Dew
75 Hour Energy
8Coke Zero
9Coffee (Instant)
10Monster Absolutely Zero
12Dr Pepper
13Pepsi Cola
14Tea (Black)
15Tea (Green)
16Monster Assault
17Diet Coke
18NOS Energy Drink
20Water Joe
21Death Wish Coffee
23Red Bull Total Zero
24Coca-Cola C2
25Redline Energy Drink
26Chameleon Cold Brew
27Monster Extra Strength
29Cocaine Energy Drinks
30Chocolate Milk

It’s interesting how different segments of the world wide web have different preferred ways to get their caffeine and luckily choice does indeed abound. Just see our Beverage Caffeine Database with now more than 650 items!

Is there anything that stands out to you regarding the way Redditors or BuzzFeeders consume caffeine?

Disclaimer: Our Death by Caffeine web app records only anonymous data such as weight and drink choice. No names, IP’s, email addresses, or other personal information is captured nor recorded. This is not a scientific investigation: we only measured analytics data from web traffic REFERRED from either or
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Last Modified: October 23, 2014