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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.


March 7, 2011, 3:31 pm

"plug out the laptop" - is that in any way similar to "unplugging" it?


March 7, 2011, 3:39 pm

Sounds like a classic Irish phrase to me :) Amn't I saying it right? ;)


March 7, 2011, 3:50 pm

"15 percent admit to surfing the web while in the bath"

Probably on a smartphone rather than a laptop. Or maybe on a tablet...

Seriously, who would even try taking a laptop with them to the bath?


March 7, 2011, 4:10 pm

Surprised there's no figure for how many women surf during sex?


March 7, 2011, 8:28 pm

I would have commented sooner, but I was trying to get the salad dressing out of my keyboard...

Hans Gruber

March 8, 2011, 1:13 am

Control, Alt, Del-Eat = very clever. Like it.

What's wrong with just reading the newspaper in the loo? It's pretty disgusting to think some people clearly have no idea about good hygiene practices.

I've killed a few keyboards whilst drinking and gaming however. Usually coke mind. And I sometimes need to give my keyboard a good shake whilst holding it upside down. Watch that biscuity dandruff come out! Actually I've reformed myself somewhat from those days as it can get a bit expensive.

Eastenders? What a waste of bandwidth! Bah. I guess it's not on telly enough though so people miss it and need to catch up.


March 8, 2011, 2:14 am

And breakfast, and lunch, and supper...
It would be perfect if they dished out food via the CD Rom slot, rather than have to get up and go downstairs...

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