A UK report commissioned by chip giant Intel is claiming the PC has transformed from being a nerd?s tool to becoming a "lifestyle accessory".
The Gallup report surveyed 1,000 people on their attitudes to the use of the PC and the 'nerd' word.
Around 90 per cent of respondents no longer considered PCs the domain of experts, academics and boffins. They are now viewed as everyday items, like TV sets.
Education was cited as the main reason for the increase in popularity with 36 per cent claiming they improved childrens' education, while 34 per cent said PCs are now easier to use. Nearly half of the respondents use PCs both at home and work, said Gallup. In the age group 16 to 44, this increases to more than 60 per cent.
But men are still more addicted to PCs than women, with figures of 52 per cent and 44 per cent using PCs in this way. This was reflected in the figures for the word ?nerd?. Women (32 per cent) were nearly twice as likely as men (17 per cent) to say that their partners were "always a nerd" or "sometimes a nerd". Fifty seven per cent consider the word nerd to be insulting, with the average number of nerds known by respondents to be four. However, one in 20 surveyed said they knew 13 or more nerds.
Gallup said that 44 per cent of those surveyed surf the Web for general information.
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