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Computer dating takes on new meaning as choice of PC reveals the ideal mate.

Women seeking their ideal mate should dispense with questions about star signs, careers, hobbies or interests and instead should check their compatibility by asking what computer he uses, according to researchers.

A survey by www.buy.com, a leading UK Internet retailer, said the easiest way to a find out a man's personality was through his PC.

In a survey of 1,500 of unmarried, male customers, 77 per cent of those men who owned a laptop admitted that they were not looking for steady relationships but were more interested in playing the field - three times as many as those who owned a desktop PC.

However, women may have more luck with laptop-owners than with single men who own the latest Macintosh, the iMac.

The survey found that 59 per cent of iMac owners said that they went for looks over intelligence, with only 15 per cent looking for true love, whatever package it came in.

"These days a PC can give as many clues about a person's personality as the car they drive or the clothes they wear," said consultant psychologist Mr Sidney Crown.

"Mankind has always subconsciously used cultural signifiers such as clothes to give them an insight into anyone new they meet. Now we live in a technology age, this is extended to the gadgets we own and the mobile phones we use.

"Just like clothing and cars, technology acts as a symbol to gauge the compatibility of any potential partner in the first meeting."

The survey highlights that women looking for a stable and secure relationship could do worse than find a man with a computer which was seven years old or older.

Researchers found that 63 per cent of men who admitted to having a clunky, old computer were in a long-term relationship and happy to stay that way.

But 53 per cent of the unmarried men who continually upgraded their machines said they were looking for perfection in a partner, and would remain single rather than settle for second best.
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