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American Laptop PC Users Become Addicts

A survey on more than 2,400 computer users, conducted by Intel Corp., found that people have used their laptop PCs in the most unusual places: at weddings or funerals, in coal mines and on top of grain towers, from a Grand Canyon hiking trail to a "dodgy youth hostel in Amsterdam," while riding a horse, milking a cow and building a chicken coop.

As a matter of fact, they tend to use them just about anywhere, and often while doing other things. Eighty-one percent reported using their laptops in front of the TV, 60 percent in bed, 54 percent while eating and 48 percent while undressed or in their underwear.

Forty-one percent of respondents used their laptops while riding as a passenger in a car, 39 percent while outdoors, 20 percent while on a train or bus, and 18 percent in a foreign country. The top two ways people feel when they have their laptop PCs with them are "organized" and "connected."

Among Americans who now use a laptop PC, the necessity to have their laptops by their side is strong. Sixty-five percent feel "it is too much of a risk to store their laptop at a coat check or as luggage." More than one in four laptop owners (28 percent) claimed that their laptop was one of their "most prized possessions." More than half (54 percent) regretted leaving it behind on at least one occasion, and 29 percent turned around to retrieve it.

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