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Control, Alt, Del-Eat

David Gilbert


Control, Alt, Del-Eat

The theory that PCs and laptops are slowly but surely taking the place of televisions as the main entertainment hub in the home has been given a boost by research released today by SeeSaw.com.

The survey of 2,000 people aged between 16 and 75, shows that three-fifths of the population of Britain have eaten their dinner in front of a computer with one in five doing it on a regular basis. Back in the 1950s and 1960s TV dinners were seen as heralding the advent of the television as central to our daily lives and it seems as if that emphasis has now shifted towards computers. 15 percent of people surveyed say they watch television shows online while enjoying their PC dinners with Top Gear being the most popular show among males, EastEnders top of the list for females while the overall most popular show was Come Dine With Me.

Another trend which emerged from the survey was that of “laptop lunches,” where 63 percent of respondents said they had eaten their lunches while staring at a laptop with 25 percent saying they do it on a regular basis. Almost a quarter (23 percent) of people surveyed said that the PC had replaced the television as the main source of evening entertainment. The average time spent online by adults in Britain is just under two hours according to the survey.

The survey also threw up some more disturbing results with one third of Britons admitting they surf the internet while on the toilet, with Scots boasting a higher percentage of 37 percent. In what could be a more dangerous trend, 15 percent admit to surfing the web while in the bath - let’s just hope they’ve remembered to plug out the laptops.

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