CBBC. Updated 26 February 2004
survey has found that almost half of children think of their computer as a friend.
One in five kids say that they
prefer spending time on their computer than with their pals and 40% admit to talking to
So how close are you to your
computer? or your mobile? Or your PlayStation?
Would you be lost without it or
is it just a piece of technology?
Mate or machine - e-mail and
let us know what you think!
like my computer because it helps me with homework and getting news from Newsround of
course. I do that everyday and I also chat with my mates. I do talk to my computer when it
freezes and get really angry at it but sometimes when I shout it works!!
Rayka, 12, London
my iBook so much and I spend a LOT of time on the internet! :-)
Claire, 15, Loughborough
It's not a friend, it's a way
of talking to mates! I don't talk to my computer...
I love my computer, I have no
friends so it is my best friend ever.Rebecca, 14, Stoke on Trent
I talk to my computer all the
time! Apart from me, it's the most interesting person I know!
Computers can't be your
friends, they're inanimate objects with no personality! However they are fun to use and I
do admit I talk to it if it's being too slow!
How can you be best friends
with a lump of plastic and components? How crazy is that!
14, New York
I hate my computer 'coz it is
so annoying and keeps freezing. I love my mobile and my game boy and my TV but I only like
my comp coz I can go on Newsround!
I can sometimes and I like
going on the internet. Computers are just amazing. But it can be half my pal. Sometimes
things can be slow on mine. But I will like it if it really talked.
Of course it's not - my PC is
only a machine (that is very slow) but my best friend is a living being and we can share
I love spending time on my
computer and do get angry when it doesn't work properly and I have to admit do complain
away to it! I couldn't live without it - although I do also love my mobile, ps2 and
The only time I ever talk to my
computer is when it refuses to turn off or does something I don't want it to!
I admit to talking to my
computer when it freezes or something like that (oh why are you doing this to me, erg,
that sort of thing) but my computer isn't a great mate or anything.
My computer is my best mate -
no way could I live with out it.
Well you're a bit sad if you
see a pile of circuits and wires as your friend. If you do you need to get a real friend.
I think that is kind of sad
really. Calling your computer a friend. It would be good for it to be real - like have a
What a silly thing to say! I
mean computers don't live do they? The advice is programmed so it isn't real. If people
have computers as a friend they are loners!! Besides, I use mine to play games, chat and
type basically not to go to the cinema with!
I'm always on my computer. I
love it soo much!! But the computer can't cheer me up when I'm sad or be like my best
can't live without my laptop!
I only talk to my computer if I am feeling lonely or upset
14, Biggin Hill
computer can't be a friend- it's a piece of metal!
computer can't support you through tough times - that's what no machine will ever be able
I don't consider the machine as a friend but I use it a lot to chat to other people.
Hannah, 14, Dublin
computer is my best friend. I could not live without it. I talk to it and ask it for
advice. I love my computer.
10, New York
only shout at the computer if it doesn't work or is being really slow. My mobile is
probably more my best friend than my PC.