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How Old Were You When You Got Your Own Computer?

I can remember all my computers: My family's Apple II, then our Gateway desktop equipped with AOL — after which I finally got my very first own computer, a Compaq desktop, specifically because I was going off to college. Post-college, I bought my first laptop — a PC! It was a Dell Inspiron and I felt very cool lugging my 10-pound brick to the coffee shop.

I bring it up because it seems like computer ownership has evolved like car ownership — where people had one car per family in the '50s, most families had one computer per family in the '90s and early 2000s. But I've noticed that kids are now getting their own computers, as young as elementary and high school, mostly due to the lowered price, accessibility, and now necessity of computers in schoolwork. So, how old were you when you got your first computer?


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