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65% of Americans Spend More Time With Their PC Than SO

CmdrTaco posted more than 7 years ago | from the can't-talk-now-honey-i'm-clearing-auchindoun dept.

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Ant writes "PR Newswire reports that 65 percent of consumers are spending more time with a computer than with their significant other (SO). The "Cyber Stress" study confirmed consumers' growing relationship with technology in their everyday lives. In fact, more than 8 out of 10 Americans (84%) say they are more dependent on their home computer now than they were just three years ago."

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291 comments

Techno-Dystopia (4, Insightful)

P(0)(!P(k)+P(k+1)) (1012109) | more than 7 years ago | (#17738860)

From TFA:

“We empathize with consumers about the emotional nature of dealing with computer problems. As the leader in computer problem resolution for nearly 10 years, we have a distinct advantage in helping consumers quickly and conveniently solve their frustrating computer problems,” said Josh Pickus, CEO of SupportSoft.

SupportSoft sells support; so they're interested in a dystopian state of affairs. (For my part, I'm still not convinced we're not dealing with a slashvertisement.)

That said, computers play some yet-to-be-determined role in the splintering of society; as the space-time-continuum is warped, and proximity becomes irrelevant: neighbours become irrelevant.

A real dystopia, therefore, might be the flattening of human relationships into one indifferent, indistinguishable mass.

But since Europeans and European-Americans aren't breeding anymore, it doesn't matter: you'll all be dead within a generation.

Re:Techno-Dystopia (2, Interesting)

CRCulver (715279) | more than 7 years ago | (#17738940)

But since Europeans and European-Americans aren't breeding anymore, it doesn't matter: you'll all be dead within a generation.

Several European countries have birthrates acceptably above the replacement rate (hello from Finland). The real problem with Europe's birthrate is not that they may lead to extinction of ethnic majorities (a possibility in some countries, not all), but that government services cannot be adequately maintained without enough of a growth in population.

Re:Techno-Dystopia (3, Interesting)

inviolet (797804) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739230)

Several European countries have birthrates acceptably above the replacement rate (hello from Finland). The real problem with Europe's birthrate is not that they may lead to extinction of ethnic majorities (a possibility in some countries, not all), but that government services cannot be adequately maintained without enough of a growth in population.

Interesting... because in an earlier slashdot article [slashdot.org] we read this [slashdot.org] :

Roughly speaking, a Ponzi scheme is one in which the perpetrators make false claims in order to lure investors. Once they have some investors coming in, they begin to pay back the earliest investors in order to create hype and garner more investors. People make money in ponzi schemes, but only by being at the top of the pyramid. What separates a Ponzi scheme from an actual market is that in an actual market, the items being traded have value outside of the system itself, and that access to liquidity is therefore available at levels other than the top. The article claims that because cash exchanges and the corresponding exchange rates are controlled by the people at the 'top', they are the only people with the ability to achieve substantial liquidity, and therefore, to make any money. This is why they say it resembles a Ponzi scheme more than an actual market.

How very amusing.

Re:Techno-Dystopia (2, Insightful)

Knuckles (8964) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739128)

proximity becomes irrelevant: neighbours become irrelevant.

Right, I will make sure to email you when I'm sick and need groceries, or to look after my kid when I need to go out a bit.

Re:Techno-Dystopia (3, Funny)

Tackhead (54550) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739262)

> > proximity becomes irrelevant: neighbours become irrelevant.
>
> Right, I will make sure to email you when I'm sick and need groceries, or to look after my kid when I need to go out a bit.

And if you'd spent more time with your computer instead of your SO, you wouldn't have a kid who needs looking after when you need to go out a bit. More importantly, you'd have finished that "nifty robot who'd be able to go out and get your groceries for you when you're sick" project that's been sitting in your basement since you left college.

"I look at you all, see the love there that's sleeping,
Robo-guitar gently weeps.
I look at the floor, and I at least Roomba's sweeping,
Robo-guitar gently weeps."

Re:Techno-Dystopia (1)

misleb (129952) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739520)

Wow, your neighbors will get you groceries? I have to try that some day. ;-)

-matthew

Re:Techno-Dystopia (1)

vertinox (846076) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739608)

Right, I will make sure to email you when I'm sick and need groceries, or to look after my kid when I need to go out a bit.

To be fair, I wouldn't trust my current neighbors with either task (although I don't have a kid).

Of course when you live in the ghetto, you learn to not bother each other.

As in... I don't answer the door unless I'm expecting someone and even then we don't open the door until we have confirmed who it is.

But I think the point of the matter is that in 20 years, having personal relationships will be a moot point. Or even having kids...

Which Explains Why: +1, Incendiary (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17739420)


the SUV-driving, mortgage-strangled, corporation-loving proletariat continue to support the
world's most dangerous "leader" [whitehouse.org] .

Join the conversation to help democracy and freedom reign in the United States.

Thanks for your support.

Patriotically,
K. Trout

Re:Techno-Dystopia (1)

misleb (129952) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739476)

Mmm, Techno-Dystopia. Is that some new sub-sub-genre of electronic music?

Anyway, I'd like to think that I'll last more than one generation. I mean, a generation is only, what, 25 years or so?

-matthew

Re:Techno-Dystopia (2, Funny)

Billosaur (927319) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739514)

But since Europeans and European-Americans aren't breeding anymore, it doesn't matter: you'll all be dead within a generation.

Why do you think we fund cloning research?

Re:Techno-Dystopia (1)

misleb (129952) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739564)

I don't know if you're joking, but just to make it clear, cloning does not mean you get a fully grown clone of yourself. You still have to raise it as a child. Why bother with cloning? Just create baby factories where they take donated eggs and sperm and make babies in test tubes. Duh!

-matthew

Re:Techno-Dystopia (4, Informative)

dr00g911 (531736) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739570)

(For my part, I'm still not convinced we're not dealing with a slashvertisement.)
Um, the PR Newswire credit was all I needed to know it was a slashvertisement.

Yeah, I work with Ad/PR agencies. Anything on Newswire is bought, paid for then copied & pasted as "news" around the globe. That's the point.

Does that include work-related computer use? (4, Interesting)

mrchaotica (681592) | more than 7 years ago | (#17738872)

And does it include time spent by all the stereotypical geeks who don't have significant others?

Re:Does that include work-related computer use? (5, Insightful)

Nos. (179609) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739138)

That, and does it consider time spent sleeping with your SO (and yes, I actually mean sleeping, not other "activities") as time together? My guess is that it doesn't. So, this is a very believable statistic. I spend all day at work with a computer, and some time at home. I only spend about 5 - 6 hours of waking time with my wife a day. It really doesn't say anything about how our lives are spent, just acknowledges that computers are becoming a bigger part of our lives, but they are not necessarily intruding upon our time with our families.

Furthermore... (2, Insightful)

sterno (16320) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739168)

How do the following get counted:

* Time spent chatting with your SO online
* Time spent with your SO in a room together both using computers where you're talking with eachother, etc

Seems like those would be time on computer as well as time with SO. Then the question becomes how quality that time is considered to be.

Re:Does that include work-related computer use? (1)

Overly Critical Guy (663429) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739492)

I'm not surprised more than half of Americans spend more time with their PCs. A lot of us work computer jobs, so we're in front of a computer all day. My dad worked at a potash mine when I was growing up; he worked 9 to 5, so he spent more time with the potash mine than my mom. Call me crazy, but I'm guessing people spend time with lots of work-related things more than their significant others. It's called having a day job.

I Would Comment On This... (5, Funny)

Wandering Wombat (531833) | more than 7 years ago | (#17738874)

... but I have to go have sex with my wife.

Re:I Would Comment On This... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17738928)

I'm going to get modded troll for this, but there is no way you could have a wife. You're posting on slashdot. Only diggers have wives.

Re:I Would Comment On This... (5, Funny)

mockchoi (678525) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739154)

Can you at least wait until I'm done?

Re:I Would Comment On This... (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17739360)

No worries. I got it covered.

Re:I Would Comment On This... (1)

UnknowingFool (672806) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739646)

I thought when you upgrade Girlfriend 2.0 to Wife 1.0 [jimpoz.com] , there were issues with that function. Namely, for some reason, Wife 1.0 would randomly not perform that function.

Re:I Would Comment On This... (1)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739758)

... but I have to go have sex with my wife.

Dare I ask, what port are you using? DVI, Ethernet, USB, Firewire, ps2, they all look like they would be pretty painful....

My PC is my SO (5, Funny)

Average_Joe_Sixpack (534373) | more than 7 years ago | (#17738882)

You insensitive clod!

Re:My PC is my SO (4, Funny)

bartyboy (99076) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739022)

Once upon a time, my SO was a PC, too. Until I discovered that her beige box was full of viruses, that she was rooted by strangers and that neighbours would piggyback on her fat pipe.

Re:My PC is my SO (1)

Archangel Michael (180766) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739690)

Your SO is a "her" with a "fat pipe"? EWWWWWWW

Re:My PC is my SO (1)

dopelogik (862715) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739350)

I just watched Weird Science the other day - still a great movie!

Re:My PC is my SO (1)

grungebox (578982) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739378)

So I guess on 2/14 you'll be spending the night mounting your hard drive? Inserting your floppy disk? ?

Re:My PC is my SO (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17739508)

And my laptop is my mistress!

Even More Shocking (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17738884)

10% of Slashdot readers have SO's to spend time with in the first place.

In other news (2, Funny)

jimstapleton (999106) | more than 7 years ago | (#17738886)

Slashdotters, known to not have SOs, are believed to have caused a great innacuracy/bias in this report.

Coincidence.. (5, Funny)

zyl0x (987342) | more than 7 years ago | (#17738888)

Also, on a completely different topic, World of Warcraft subscriptions have exceeded 8 million.

Re:Coincidence.. (1)

vimh42 (981236) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739422)

Hardly. I spend a great deal of time playing WOW with my wife and have met a significant number of couples who also play together.

Re:Coincidence.. (1)

zyl0x (987342) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739622)

So do a few other people. However, I would be quick to accept that less than a third of the playing population is even old enough to marry.

Sounds right (4, Insightful)

WinterSolstice (223271) | more than 7 years ago | (#17738896)

In my family, my wife is a writer. I'm an IT guy. At night, we play WoW together.

Added together, our total time at home together (including sleep) is about 11 hours. That means 13 hours is spent with a computer seperately right off the bat.

Considering our nights are often spent playing 3-4 hours of WoW, that puts it at 17 hours on the computer per day. Even at best, we would spend probably 3-4 hours a day together, which wouldn't even put a dent in the usual 8-10 hours at work with a computer.

-WS

cough*nerd*cough (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17739034)

I don't have a SO but, if I did, I'd find joy in conversation, watching movies and not playing an Orc attempting to find her.

That's GEEK! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17739414)

He's an IT guy who has the social skills to get a wife. Geek.

You, however, do not have an SO and you used the term "find joy in". Nerd!

Re:cough*nerd*cough (3, Insightful)

WinterSolstice (223271) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739470)

I've been married for 10 years, and my wife an I are both hardcore gamers. We have conversation, we watch some movies... but the main thing we do is play games together. Incidentally, we both play on the same team nearly all the time.

I may be a nerd, but I know what works for my relationship :)

-WS

SO's provide the same services as computers? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17738906)

If my SO would sit on my desk at work for 8 hours a day and solve differential equations for me, maybe I would be spending more time with her than with my computer.

Re:SO's provide the same services as computers? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17739020)

That's why you need to import one of those Chinese wives. They are all great with math aren't they?

who are these people?! (3, Insightful)

ILuvRamen (1026668) | more than 7 years ago | (#17738908)

Who the hell comes out with studies like this? Whos idea is it to waste money studying and interviewing people to come up with useless stats like this and what are they trying to do? Since almost everyone uses computers, almost everyone knows that they're usefull for just about everything, and almost everyone knows that there's rarely something wrong with people who spend "too much" time on them, I guess we're left with the logical assumption that it's either the Amish or really old politicians sponsering these stupid studies. I bet they presented the stat in the way they did disregarding that like 90% of that time occurred at work. Ugh, why don't they just stop living in the 90's and give up their ridiculous notions that everyone who uses a computer is an antisocial loser and shouldn't.

Re:who are these people?! (1)

CRCulver (715279) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739140)

Apparently you have not noticed the huge rise in obesity in the United States.

I luv ramen more than life itself!

Perhaps you have much to learn about proper diet and exercise. Sitting on one's ass in front of the computer for most of the day means that one has no opportunity to adequately get up and about. After I began limiting myself to only a few hours of computer use a day, and stopped taking it on trips, I've lost fat, gained more muscle mass, and I feel absolutely amazing compared to my years of the average man's sedentary existence. There is a real problem there that a number of health experts have identified.

Ugh, why don't they just stop living in the 90's and give up their ridiculous notions that everyone who uses a computer is an antisocial loser and shouldn't.

If one spends more time with the PC than socializing with one's wife, then that means that one, wait for it, isn't socializing much with one's wife. And probably not with neighbours or extended family as well. Or perhaps you think the best way of socializing with people is to ignore them completely?

Re:who are these people?! (2, Insightful)

lonechicken (1046406) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739364)

Apparently you have not noticed the huge rise in obesity in the United States.
It seems like there's a rise in anorexia in the U.S. as well. Everytime I see a bunch of teenagers around, the group is made up of some fat kids and some bony kids. Barely any in the middle. Now that I think about it, adults are like this too. Where is the middle ground???

Re:who are these people?! (4, Funny)

nizo (81281) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739474)

All the normal ones have been eaten; the bony ones are next.

Re:who are these people?! (1)

dyslexicbunny (940925) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739598)

Apparently you have not noticed the huge rise in obesity in the United States.
It seems like there's a rise in anorexia in the U.S. as well.

Sounds like we have already solved the problem. Next! (this should be taken as a joke)

Re:who are these people?! (-1, Offtopic)

ILuvRamen (1026668) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739538)

only people with pathetic genes that would have died in a real natural selection environment gain weight that way WHILE EATING A NORMAL 2500 CALORIE DIET. People don't just get fat, they eat fat. Every pound gained is a bare minimum of 3500 calories that they ate and didn't burn. That's one single pound! You'd have to jog for like 8 hours to burn that. Gaining weight has almost nothing to do with exercise, it's all about how much people eat. Which is easier: not eating an entire bag of chips ahoy, or getting up and exercising for 2 hours to burn the equivilant in calories? That's right, intake is about a 100x bigger factor. I do just about nothing all day and I'm only 155 pounds at 5'11" because my body doesn't turn extra calories into fat, it burns them later and makes me not hungry in the meantime...you know, like the human body is actually supposed to work before fatties with endless hunger and no self control came along. If you took even the most basic biology or health class, you know all that is exactly true and if U disagree then you're just a FAID (Fat Ass In Denial)

Is this a surprise? (2, Insightful)

kestasjk (933987) | more than 7 years ago | (#17738920)

What percentage of people spend more time at work than with their significant other?
The vast majority.

What percentage of people who have a PC with broadband at home (the demographic targeted by this study) use a PC at work?
65% doesn't sound far off.

It's all about prioritization (2, Interesting)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | more than 7 years ago | (#17738950)

My wife was getting pretty upset about my gaming time (especially on WoW), so now we came to an agreement. I only spend 1 hour a day on gaming (2 on Sat & Sun), and we've created a date night once a week that I don't even use the computer at all. It's made for a lot smoother relationship, and in reality I've found it much more satisfying than simply just playing games.

Re:It's all about prioritization (1)

IflyRC (956454) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739210)

Good for you. I recovered from an Everquest addiction by taking up flying R/C airplanes. Now, on the weekends I spend time with friends, outside and doing something more fun than a computer game ever could be.

It's sad to think back on all of the time wasted for 3+ years sitting in front of the computer on gorgeous weekend days for 12 hours or more.

Games are fun, but real life is so much better.

Re:It's all about prioritization (1)

jfodale (1032534) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739620)

Cue the 'aftermath' documentary music.

Re:It's all about prioritization (1)

masdog (794316) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739218)

My girlfriend usually gets upset with me for being on my computer, but she doesn't realize that half the time I am on the computer, she's on her computer scanning pictures, doing lesson plans, or scrapbooking. So it's not like I would be spending time with her anyway if I wasn't on my computer.

Re:It's all about prioritization (1)

Carrot007 (37198) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739236)

You are obviously playing the wrong games.

Try moving the mouse slowly to the right, then quickly to the left. And repeat.

This game is playable on all OS's with pointing device support.

Have fun.!]#

Only 65%!!!? (2, Interesting)

revlayle (964221) | more than 7 years ago | (#17738964)

Either way, I believe it. Personally, I have no idea why I live with other people anymore, less have any actual serious relationships. However, while I use a computer a LOT (over 65% easily... part of the job), even at times when I am not on the PC much, I still have the same attitude, so it may be that I'm just an asshole. :)

Color me suprised! (4, Insightful)

Sax Maniac (88550) | more than 7 years ago | (#17738982)

Wow, a study commissioned by support.com says people need support! From a PR newsire, nonetheless. And we're not even people, but "consumers". Come on, if you're going to write fake news reports on fake studies, at give the appearnace of trying by not using marketroid speak.

Tag this one as "shill".

I can't wait (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17739012)

...for National Mandatory Sex and Cuddling Day.

(Verify word was "nearby"? Must be a sign....)

Re:I can't wait (1)

DeadChobi (740395) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739434)

BB Proud, Comrade! intercourse wife plusgood. uncuddle daytitle. cuddle doubleplusungood. make Party member plusgood. show at hateweek.

Seriously though? That would just remind some of us of how much we need a wife.

Seasons? (1)

rwven (663186) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739014)

you need to look at what time of year it is. Suring the spring, summer, and fall, you go outside with your SO and do things outside the house. During the winter, you end up with people staying at home. There is only so much you can do at home, so people sit at the computer.

I bet if they waited until summer and ran this survey again, there would be different results.

Grow closer apart. (4, Insightful)

w33t (978574) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739024)

People spend more time with lots of things than with their SO. I would argue that this can be healthy.

After all, if you want to get sick of someone there is no better way than spending every waking moment with them.

I know it's all down to personal preference, but I find that time apart is every bit as important as time together.

The trick is to balance the two - too much of one or the other is bad, you need just the right amount of together and seperate time.

Love Robot... (1)

SeaSolder (979866) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739026)

So, does spending time with my lady robot count?

I used to- (5, Insightful)

IWantMoreSpamPlease (571972) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739046)

spend nearly all my time outside of work on my PC. Then I got a job in the PC world, and then I quit being on it outside of my normal job.

Then I met a girl, and got married. Since she turned out to be a complete psycho bitch (I should have known...should have known) and now spend all my free time *back* on the PC, and away from her as much as possible.

Re:I used to- (1, Flamebait)

dave562 (969951) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739176)

Everybody has to have the psycho bitch experience so that we know what to look out for next time. Just like spending years and years in front of a computer enables you to deal with the most off the wall random errors, spending years and years dealing with women enables you to quickly put their psycho bitch behaviors in check and/or kick their asses to the curb at the appropriate time.

And They're Probably Less Dependent On (5, Insightful)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739066)

In fact, more than 8 out of 10 Americans (84%) say they are more dependent on their home computer now than they were just three years ago.
Shocking 'facts' aren't they? But they failed to mention that these people who find themselves more dependent on computers probably find themselves less dependent on other things. For instance, transportation. You don't have to go down to the mall and hoof around looking for a CD or even books for that matter. You don't have to go out to rent videos--just use Netflix or Blockbuster. Why are malls becoming predominantly clothing stores? Because you can't try clothes on online. You can do your banking online now and I'm sure the things you can do online instead of driving your vehicle to the office to make the payment are numerous.

And I'll bet these people are a little less glued to their televisions than they were three years ago. And instead of going to the movies or getting hammered at a bar, they might find an online game to be a bit more entertaining.

The obvious downside is that I'm sure that some people are probably less active than they were before, but not all of them. If you percieve this to be a growing threat or strain on relationships, market software/hardware that makes the PC experience something shared between two people. I know tons of couples (and families) that have two or more computers and they simply play games like WoW together.

Honestly, I don't see anything unhealthy with this trend so long as the people excersize or go out walking/running once a week or more.

What about... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17739090)

...people who keep in contact with their SO's via computer? At least 50% of my computer-time is actually spent 'with' my girlfriend, just chatting or playing WoW together. Face-to-face social interaction is the best kind, but interaction via comoputers/the web is not irrelevant.

Duh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17739094)

My computer's not a total bitch!

And in pre-information-age societies.... (3, Insightful)

ciaohound (118419) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739096)

65% spend more time with their plow horse/tractor/butter churn/machine tool/slide rule/whatever than they spend with their spouse. The division of labor has always taken spouses away from each other to some extent. Of the discretionary time that spouses could choose to either be together or apart, well, has that changed significantly?

Ridiculous! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17739102)

I just ICQ'ed this story to my wife in the other room and we both agree that it is just BS.

Um, I have a job... (1)

gillbates (106458) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739104)

Which could easily explain why I spend more time with a computer than with my SO.

But, get this: (FTA)

  1. The average consumer has experienced computer troubles eight times - about every four months - over the last three years.
  2. The average American is wasting 12 hours per month - the equivalent of half a weekend - due to problems with their home computer.
  3. A majority of Americans (52%) describe their most recent experience with a computer problem as one of anger, sadness or alienation.

I can relate - there are computer things which simply don't get done around my house because I don't have the time to mess with them. For example, I'm not using my home PC as a media server because: 1.) There's a problem with my Samba configuration that I don't have time to troubleshoot, and 2.) For some reason, Windows98 shares don't play well with the rest of the network. I really don't have the time to troubleshoot either problem, but if I had to fix one of them, I'd fix Samba because, generally speaking, you only have to fix a Linux problem once.

And don't get me started on how awful it was setting up a wireless router with Windows XP... I spent $200 worth of my time to configure a $15 piece of hardware.

And that is the "plug and play" friendly OS. I wonder how much time I would have wasted had I tried to set it up from Linux...

Re:Um, I have a job... (1)

Robber Baron (112304) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739204)

And don't get me started on how awful it was setting up a wireless router with Windows XP... I spent $200 worth of my time to configure a $15 piece of hardware.
It took you three days to configure a wireless router with Wondows XP?!? It should've taken you 15 minutes tops. On a slow day, I get it done in 10...

Re:Um, I have a job... (1)

silentounce (1004459) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739462)

Psssssshhhhaw. That's nothing.
 
1. The average husband has experienced wife troubles for an average of three consecutive days - about every month - over the course of his marriage. This is in addition to random outbursts throughout the month.
2. The average husband is wasting 96 hours per month - the equivalent of every weekend - due to "honey-do" lists.
3. The majority of husbands (100%) describe their most recent experience with a spousal problem as one of anger, indifference, or confusion.

Obligatory? (1)

masdog (794316) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739108)

Hick Child: Dang it, Buck. It's my turn to use the sex box!
Buck: It's my sex box! And her name is "Sony".

Re:Obligatory? (1)

finkployd (12902) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739274)

I don't want to live in a world where that Family Guy quote is an obligatory response to ANYTHING.

Finkployd

Study sponsors... (1)

lonechicken (1046406) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739114)

When interviewed, they said, "We're just cavemen. We do not understand these shiny so-called 'mice'. When we randomly bang on these 'keyboards', glyphs appear magically on what you people refer to as 'monitors'. We spend more time with our wives because we cower in fear of the grinding and wind-like noises that emminate from these miniature 'towers'." ...(in a stern voice) "But what we do know is that computer problems can sometimes cause significant emotional distress, similar to what happens when a problem occurs between spouses."

My PC isn't teaching English 7250 miles from me. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17739134)

*sniffle*

One of us. (2, Funny)

HTH NE1 (675604) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739136)

PR Newswire reports that 65 percent of consumers are spending more time with a computer than with their significant other (SO).

One of us. One of us. One of us. One of us.

Well timed... (1)

TopShelf (92521) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739148)

Just last night the wife made just this objection as I pulled out the Tablet while cooking dinner so I could check email. I shrugged, conceded the point in general, and then she grabbed the damned thing and went into the bedroom to catch up on stuff related to Heroes and Jericho!

Usians, not Americans (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17739150)

Usians, not Americans

The reason is simple (5, Funny)

Snarfangel (203258) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739190)

The PC does what you tell it to.

Re:The reason is simple (1)

riffzifnab (449869) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739684)

You must be new and have missed out about this whole DRM thing. Yeah... enjoy it while it lasts.

Obvious why (2, Funny)

hardcode57 (734460) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739206)

You have much more sex when you're with your computer.

Do the math (1)

Stormcrow309 (590240) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739226)

I have 168 hours in a week. I work in front of a computer 40+ hours a week. I do graduate school online, so add about 20 hours. I sleep 8 hours a night, so subtract 56 hours. That leaves us 52 hours. 1 hour per week is spent in church, with my wife in the choir. She spends all of saturday at the farm with the hourses, so 14 hours spent there. I have a potential 38 hours, minus any time using the restroom. I believe it.

I'd spend more time with my wife... (1)

Afecks (899057) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739244)

..but can she run Linux?

Re:I'd spend more time with my wife... (1)

powerlord (28156) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739698)

[I'd spend more time with my wife ...] ..but can she run Linux?


Yes ... you just have to leave her a pre-built hardware platform, install media, detailed instructions, and a contact number for support in case she hits an unforeseen snag.

Futurama (1)

thebdj (768618) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739272)

How long until this [youtube.com] is shown in our junior high and high schools?

Social interaction is overrated (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17739290)

You don't have to look hard here to read between the lines, folks. After a few years of marriage, I think most of us would agree that spending time with a computer is far more enjoyable than spending it with your SO.

I can't change what my wife's droning on about by typing a different website into an address bar. And 6mbps DSL is far more affordable than diamond jewelry every anniversary and Xmas.

I'm not american, but... (1)

Zaatxe (939368) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739328)

Of course I spend twice as much with computer as with my wife... when I get home she doesn't allow me to stay with it!!!

Out of curiousity... (1)

creimer (824291) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739332)

The American divorce rate has been 50% or higher years before PCs were ever around. So what people doing before PCs came around that got them divorce from their significant? Play Dungeons & Dragons all the time?

Hmmmm... Significant Other... (5, Funny)

Billosaur (927319) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739366)

I seem to remember having one of those... Someone nagged me when I was upgrading our router... but the memory is dim... Anyway, the food miraculously appears and somehow the children get to bed, so I suspect someone is in the house doing these things...

50% Divorce Rate (1)

MBCook (132727) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739368)

This country has over a 50% divorce rate. People don't treat marriages like they used to. That's why there are books like Dr. Laura's last two, The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands, and The Proper Care and Feeding of Marriage. Ignoring what people think of Dr. Laura, there are tons of other similar books on the market. Look at the influences most people have for how a good marriage is and you find divorced parents, sitcoms with snotty wives and husbands who act like 12 year olds, and movies and other popular culture that say similar things ("Men don't have feelings" and such).

I wonder what the percentage time is of happily married couples?

And does this spend include time at work? Because I work at a computer all day, so without staying up at night there would be no way for my wife to compete on a time basis (if I was married).

Big Deal (4, Funny)

cat_jesus (525334) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739372)

I spend more time with my underwear than I do with my SO and she doesn't seem to mind it. It has the added benefit of keeping my dangly bits from rubbing all over the inside of my pants.

Well, Duh... (1)

Bullfish (858648) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739384)

Have you seen my SO?!

Both? (1)

Tom (822) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739412)

What about time spent with both? Mine lives in a different city right now, and we play Guild Wars as a way to have something to do together in addition to mail and phone.

ASA is the new FUD (1)

jomama717 (779243) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739428)

From TFA:

A majority of Americans (52%) describe their most recent experience with a computer problem as one of anger, sadness or alienation. (emphasis mine)
This seemed a little extreme to me at first, but I realized my perception of computer problems as a professional software developer may be much different than that of the majority of Americans. I suppose if I think back to car problems I've had (as someone with zero knowledge of cars) "anger, sadness, and alienation" (ASA) is a fair description of my experience.

Open Mouth, Insert Foot (2, Funny)

Paulrothrock (685079) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739430)

I listen to quite a few podcasts. I listen to them mostly when I'm doing housework. One day, I had just finished the dishes and had about ten minutes left on part one of MacCast's podcaster roundtable, so I sat down on the couch and took a quick break. My wife took that as the signal for "cuddle." Then she asked me "Why do you like listening to your people on your podcasts talk and not me?"

I said "Because they talk about interesting things."

Not relevant (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17739516)

What's the relation between your SO and your computer?

Most people spend more time at work than with their SO anyway. It's mandatory for the average civilian if he wants to survive financially.

It's normal to have "only" about 25% of your time spent with your love. That's called life balance.

Computers are tools, if they are present in multiple facets of your life, there's no problem. I use mine for work, hobbies, part of my social interactions, personal growth, and more.

OH NOZ! He spends more time with clothes than with his significant other!!

bad sign? (1)

mackil (668039) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739522)

This is probably a bad sign, but when I first glanced at this /. entry and saw SO, I thought they were talking about Search optimization.

It's in a Press Release.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17739524)

.... it must be true.

Consider the source.

For 99% of geeks, PC == SO (1)

blueZ3 (744446) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739534)

So what's the big deal?

nOSeX (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17739582)

As a Mac user, my PC is more attractive than my wife.

(posted anonymously dear)

Enough?! (1)

thegreatbob (693104) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739714)

Enough of the "My PC is my significant other!" your making the rest of us look bad. (but i wonder how many people defy this self imposed stereotype) I wonder how i would hold up to this if i had a significant other Also, do they by some strange circumstance do they count those who admit to not having a significant other?

Watching TV (1)

Bigbutt (65939) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739736)

Shockingly, spending time with my SO means I have to watch Gilmore Girls, Desperate Housewives, CSI, Law and Order, Missing, Monk, House, 2 1/2 Men, and 24. I like some of them and can tolerate most of the others. But Gilmore Girls, that's torture.

I tried to time the pauses between conversations on Gilmore Girls and couldn't find a stopwatch that could record time in that small of increments.

I do spend time with her on the couch with the Powerbook. I have earphones plugged in and have watched Office Space, Heavy Metal, Blues Brothers, Gone in 60 Seconds, and Con Air recently. Does that count?

What about overlap? (1)

Kelson (129150) | more than 7 years ago | (#17739754)

I know married couples who both play World of Warcraft. For them, time on WoW *is* time with their SO.

While my wife and I don't share any online games, our computers are in the same room. If both of us are on the computer, we're still talking to each other.
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