Use it anywhere, anytime

Research from Intel has shown the varied uses of laptop computers. From the heroic to the cowardly and the routine to the adventurous, the survey demonstrates how laptops are now commonly used in many different places.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  April 24, 2002

Research from Intel has shown the varied uses of laptop computers. From the heroic to the cowardly and the routine to the adventurous, the survey demonstrates how laptops are now commonly used in many different places.

Respondents to the survey admitted to using their laptops in a variety of strange places including weddings, funerals, coal mines, on top of a grain tower, on a Grand Canyon hiking trail, while riding a horse, milking a cow and building a chicken coop.

The survey of 2400 American users also revealed that 81% of people use their laptops in front of the TV, 60% in bed, 54% while eating and 48% while undressed or in their underwear.

“The laptop PC has become an extension of ourselves, offering an unprecedented level of freedom while still helping people to feel organized, connected and in-touch with the world,” says Ann Lewnes, vice president, sales & marketing group and director of consumer marketing for Intel. “No matter where our lives, jobs and experiences take us, consumers are increasingly turning to this one powerful device with which they can create, communicate, share and be entertained — anytime and anywhere.”

Users also reported strong attachments to their laptops with 28% describing theirs as one of their “most prized possessions” and 65% believing that “it is too much of a risk to store their laptop at a coat check or as luggage.” More than half (54%) regretted leaving it behind on at least one occasion with 29% having turned around to retrieve it.

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