STUDENTS spend 40 hours a week on their laptops, using them for Zoom classes, video games, and online shopping.
Research of 600 adults who studied over the past five years found that seven hours of laptop time was spent completing coursework and another six hours were spent on Zoom classes or lectures.
Video games were the most popular extracurricular activity, with seven hours a week played on laptops.
Almost 20 hours were spent streaming Netflix shows, using social media and shopping online.
It also found that 63 percent of students said they couldn’t live without their laptop, with 36 percent considering it an essential piece of equipment.
But 65 percent of those going to college or university said their laptop was bought for them by someone else, such as a parent or relative, and 22 percent said they weren’t likely to use it the way their donor intended had presented.
It also found that most laptops were used for general learning, with 37 percent doing so for graphic design and 36 percent for programming.
Performance-heavy courses such as video and music production occupied 56 percent of their machines.
A spokesman for technology company NVIDIA, which commissioned the study, said: “There is clearly a tremendous need for laptops for students, and not just for study.
“Laptops are used as part of everyday life, from gaming to watching your favorite shows, and many require specific specs suited to more technically demanding courses.
“Sometimes, however, it can be difficult to make an informed decision about what works best for you and your budget.”
When buying a laptop, people would look for good features, performance and a good price.
Excellent battery life and plenty of storage space were also seen as crucial for incorporating their technology.
However, 48 percent were burdened with a device that did not meet their needs, according to OnePoll data.
Unfortunately, 47 percent haven’t researched enough about laptops to make an informed choice, and 35 percent regret their purchase.
While 63 per cent tried to cut corners when buying the gadget to save some money, with the average spending just £254 on their model of choice.
Of those who did research, 47 percent looked at Google reviews, recommendations from friends and family, and online shopping guides.
Heading to High Street was the most popular way to buy, followed by buying directly from the manufacturer.
While only 35 percent bought online on marketplaces like Amazon.
A spokesperson for NVIDIA added, “Sometimes you just can’t compromise on performance and quality.
“It’s critical to buy right the first time, rather than buying twice over the course of a course if you find a computer doesn’t meet your needs.”
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