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Computers 'replacing family dog'


Monday August 1st 2011

Laptops and PC's have replaced the family dog as 'man's best friend', according to an online poll.

Around 67% of those surveyed felt that more people now rely on their computer rather than their dog, with just 6% putting more faith in their furry friend.

The survey of 2,000 adults was carried out by YouGov for Computeractive magazine and the RSPCA.

It also found that 38% of pet owners admitted they were more reliant on their computer than their dog, with 36% feeling that the opposite is true.

While younger dog owners were far more likely to feel this way.

The poll, commissioned to highlight the RSPCA's Justice for Animals Appeal, also found that men were more heavily reliant on technology.

They were twice as likely to choose their laptop over the dog, at 48% compared to 28% of female owners.

And around 61% felt that the PC is a more constant companion for most people than a dog.

"These days you can even take your PC for a walk, provided you have a laptop or tablet", says Paul Allen, editor of Computeractive. "It's only a matter of time until the first PC that fetches your slippers."

Copyright © Press Association 2011

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