Is it true that Americans don't turn their PC's very often?

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Philippines
December 4, 2006 1:01pm CST
I've just read it in a forum the most Americans don't turn off their PC's everyday, and I wonder why???
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26 responses
@gknott (938)
• United States
4 Dec 06
Since there has been Pc's they used to say to turn your computer off when you weren't using it, but now it is better to plug it into a surge protector and leave it on if you are going to use it everyday. I leave mine on at home all the time unless it is storming outside really bad. They say that turning it off and on a lot is harder on the computer. One thing that I know it that electrical surges up and down loosen the chips inside the machine some and then it doesn't work correctly. I took a couple classes for troubleshooting pc's and when you have intermittent problems you should reseat you chips and cards in the computer 1st before replacing anything.
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• Philippines
4 Dec 06
online - online
you're not unto saving electricity then, lol! i think if you really use it everytime of the day or you're waiting for a very important emails, it's ok not to turn it off. I'm thinking now if what really matters most, the electric bill or the chips on the computer, lol!
@chance00 (3333)
• United States
4 Dec 06
Yes this is true fo rme.I keep mine on all the time.I work at home so it is easy for me to keep it on then for it to take all day to power up.
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@tmnjyk (3487)
• Canada
4 Dec 06
Our computer is on 24/7 365 days. As far as I can remember we never turn off our computer:)+ Yes it is true:)+ Electricity here sis isn't expensive compared to the usa/canada. Everything here is run by electricity for cooking, etc.
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@tmnjyk (3487)
• Canada
4 Dec 06
compare to the Philippines I meant:)
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• Philippines
5 Dec 06
online - online
really?! i might as well live there, lol! maybe that's would be a reason too why they don't often turn their pc's off:)
@tmnjyk (3487)
• Canada
9 Dec 06
Yes it is trust me! People here use a lot of electricity for cooking while in the Philippines we use profaine to lessen electricity. Here they run a lot of electricity in the kitchen? do we do this? the answer is no! their oven is run by electricity, microwave, oven toaster, some have dish washer, some use electricity for barbeque, rice cooker, deep fryer all of them are run by electricity. Their refregerator here are bigger and have a bigger freezer compared to us. In fact I've never seen this type of refrigerator in my entire stay in the Philippines. It's hard to explain, they are just more high tech to us! that's it! I am guessing it's because electricity is way cheaper here. All things in the Philippines are cheap except for electricity I think. We can buy a brand new refregerator for only $100 and you can't find it here. They also have washing machine, and their washing machine is different, its a lot bigger and heavy duty. Most of the people here do their laundry by the washer. In the Philippines? we don't very often? why? because of electricity.
@sedel1027 (17868)
• United States
4 Dec 06
We never turn off our PC. First off, they do not consume much energy while not being used. Someone is on a PC pretty much all day in our house. It is not good to be constantly turning on and off your PC, it is not good for the computer.
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• Philippines
4 Dec 06
busy - busy
you think so? i hope we can do that in the philippines too:) we can't keep our computers on all day because our temperature here is very high and that could cause the computer to overheat sometimes unless we use aircon 24 hours a day and that wouldn't be necessary in U.S:)
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@sedel1027 (17868)
• United States
8 Dec 06
I wish that wouldn't be necessary. I live in Louisiana and we run the air conditioning almost all year round because it is so warm. If we didn't run the a/c we wouldn't be able to live in our homes, let alone have our pc's on.
@steven1 (542)
• Canada
5 Dec 06
there is a rumor that say it's better to don't turn off your pc because it's not good to turn off and turn on your pc everyday...but it's not true,with the very very old pc yes but now it's alright also maybe they don't take care about electricity i close my pc everyday because it is in my bedroom and i dont want to ear noice
@Asylum (46815)
• Manchester, England
5 Dec 06
You are quite right about the older computers. It would have caused unneceassary wear on the hardware to leave it running around the clock. A modern computer will suffer no ill effects from being permanently on, and would probably undergo more wear and tear by being booted up several times a day.
• Philippines
9 Dec 06
yes i think it's rally not advisable to have any entertainment access on your room, it could wake you up all night :)
• United States
10 Dec 06
I do not turn off my PC every day. It runs threw the night for my virus scans and whatever upgrades are downloaded from Microsoft. I do shut it down once every other day or so.
• Philippines
11 Dec 06
thank you - thank you
that would be ok. thank you
• United States
9 Dec 06
I do a little of both. Some of my computers are turned off when not in use, others are kept on. My desktops are on 24/7. My laptops are turned off unless they are being used.
• Philippines
11 Dec 06
thank you - thank you
i think laptops needs charging in case you have to use it outdoors, so it really needs to be turned off. thanks!
@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
9 Dec 06
Ihave heard that to but I know most of my Friends do now but I know they never used to I have been told it is not good to leave your Computer on all the time
• Philippines
11 Dec 06
just to save electricity and so that your hardware can take a rest:) thanks!
• Philippines
9 Dec 06
yeah i think so..because when i went to the u.s. my uncle didn't turn off his computer..and i was actually there for a month or so.. very fast internet connection! i love it!
• Philippines
9 Dec 06
really?! why is it that DSL is very expensive! (for me) lol. thanks :)
@ownado (1681)
• Portugal
9 Dec 06
I'm not american and I've got another pc (not this one where I'm typing right now) that stays turned on as long as it can... I just reboot it when it starts showing error messages or becomes too low due to the lack of free memory. I don't turn it off because I'm always uploading/downloading something from the net.
• Philippines
9 Dec 06
so it seems now that not only americans don't turn their pc's very often. thanks for dropping by:)
• United States
8 Dec 06
I never turn my computer off. I am always downloading and i believe my computer doesn't need to be turned off.
• Philippines
8 Dec 06
i hope i had the same computer as yours :) thank you
• Philippines
5 Dec 06
in my opinion i think its more convenient for them to have it on all the while so that when they will use it they dont have to turn it on again. so far, from my experience from work they just leave it on to avoid the hassle of the pc booting up specially if they have routers.
• Philippines
6 Dec 06
computer - computer
yeah i think so because you just have to wait pa when you boot it:)
@hmshema (685)
• India
5 Dec 06
It is news to me. Thanks
• Philippines
5 Dec 06
natsume - natsume
you are welcome:)
@internauta (1044)
• Italy
5 Dec 06
Also the Italian they make...
@chip77 (143)
• Italy
5 Dec 06
In fact....i don't usually shotdown the pc very often. My PC is very silent, therefore i use it during the night because it's downloading or i launch the autosurfs!
@Asylum (46815)
• Manchester, England
5 Dec 06
I am not an american but I do leave my computer on all the time, basically because I see no reason to switch it off. I reboot my computer at least once a week to free up RAM, because Windows will tend to allocate a certain amount of RAM for a program and then refuse to release it. Apart from this it remains connected 24 hours a day.
• Philippines
9 Dec 06
atleast you've turned it off one in a while :) thanks for sharing...
@marciascott (25557)
• United States
4 Dec 06
I don't turn off the power but I will go to start then shut down. Do you mean unplug it?
• Philippines
5 Dec 06
internet - internet
as long as you've turned it off marcia, that's what i mean:)
10 Feb 07
I'm english and I never take my computer off standy. Its the same for my tv and other appliances. I know its really bad for the environment etc. I guess its down to laziness really.
@cnetboss (2477)
• Philippines
21 Dec 06
DVD - DVD
I myself don't turn off my PC. I have some download everyday
• Australia
11 Dec 06
At home we turn off our pc all the time. But I've heard this things too because I chatted someone from the UK and he said he never turn off his pc. He runs his pc 24/7 365 days too.
@chaptermm (734)
• Malta
10 Dec 06
when i get up every day the first thing i do is open my computer