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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?


anna_muffin anna_muffin 9 years
I got my first own computer - a (then) 7 year old IBM 600E laptop - when I went to college (to study Computer Science)...with Linux (because my boyfriend installed the OS ;-) ). It serves us as a home server today, I upgraded to T43 (also second hand)....and I don't even know how to use Windows anymore.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
Our family has had computers since I was in Kindergarten because of my dad's job. (The early 80's.) But I didn't get my own computer until I was 19 and moved in with my boyfriend. :)
millarci millarci 9 years
I got my very first desktop when I transfered to a 4 year college. It was a Power G4 with a 12" flat screen. It was the coolest thing ever! Once you go MAC you don't go BACK! ;)
the-makeup-blogette the-makeup-blogette 9 years
have always been using the shared family computer til i started work and i got my own macbook
seraphicstar seraphicstar 9 years
i was 4 when my parents got an AWESOME 386!! lol. windows 3.1.1!! anyway, i was 10 when i got my own computer :)
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
This thread makes me feel very old.
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 9 years
i bought my first computer the summer between my sophomore and junior year in college. i went to drake and we had the mac in the room program so every dorm room had a computer. then they got rid of it so i worked and bought my own. it was a crappy emachine desktop but it got the job done through undergrad and grad school. then i bought a dell laptop when i started working. next year, i'll cop a macbook.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
Middle School- my dad got me the kick ass Commodore 128! Very kick ass and only useful for making screeching noises with hours of programming and for playing the word role playing game 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'.
fashionmimi fashionmimi 9 years
I got one when I was in high school, but that was because we did have to have one for typing reports and such! I do remember that my mom had a very old commodore 64 when I was about 6, it was the best thing ever!!!!
Linny Linny 9 years
my parents had one in the 80s. we got another one in 1994 and got the internet then. eventually i inherited that one in 97/98 when they upgraded again. we called it franken-puter because it was parts of a few cpus but i loved him and he was mine.
potc-crazyy potc-crazyy 9 years
I was 9. It was a cheap Dell laptop. Was nice though. Now I have a Macbook (:
marimiau marimiau 9 years
I'm a only child and my parents don't care so much to computers, I mean, sometimes my mom looks her bank account and plays card games and my father rarely uses it - like once in a month. It stays at my bedroom too. So, I consider the computer mine since we bought our 1st one, in 1999 when I was 5 to 6 years old. Now I'm going to win my 1st notebook like a 15 birthday gift and it's going to be totally mine, and this one I'm using now is going to my parents' bedroom.
Lyv Lyv 9 years
When I was 10, my folks moved the computer to my bedroom. It was the only one in the house but they didn't use it a lot so it was pretty much my own.
lushylashes lushylashes 9 years
I got my first one in 9th or 10th grade - `94 is memory serves
javsmav javsmav 9 years
I got my first laptop as an early college graduation present so I could work on my junior thesis.
Performita Performita 9 years
WOW, I did not know you were PC user before :o Because of the war in my country, my first computer that belonged only to me was my Performa in 1997. I wasn't a child, but I felt like one :)
LisaK LisaK 9 years
I got my own as an adult going back to college. My kids were luckier than me. My 13 year old got his when he was 10 and my 6 year old got his when he was 5.
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 9 years
When I was 17, just before I left to college. I'm still using it, too! (Toshiba)
verily verily 9 years
My family first got a computer when I was about 14. I got my own computer when I went to college. It was a Gateway and cost me a ton, but that was right before the cost of computers really really dropped.
ALSW ALSW 9 years
When I went to college. Otherwise, we had several computers, but they were all family computers.
wickedcupofjoe wickedcupofjoe 9 years
I was about 9/10ish - my dad bought me a commodore 64. I remember making banners with PrintShop on the printer - then having to remove the edges. LOL
girlwparasol girlwparasol 9 years
my dad always had computers (because he ran his own business), but i certainly didn't get my own until i was off to college... and bought it for myself.
loveleighdancer loveleighdancer 9 years
My family's first computer was a Gateway Desktop in 1998, and now we still have a Gateway Tower from like 2002(?), my dad wants a friend of ours to build him a new computer sometime soon. My first computer and still currently using, is a Toshiba laptop that I got before going to college in August 2004, and it has been a POS a lot, but I spilled juice on it and got it fixed and it works, so I can't complain too much. I graduate from college this coming Saturday and hope to buy a Mac Book when I get the $$$
plasticine1 plasticine1 9 years
i was 5. it was a crappy mac(even then)
Geisha-Runner Geisha-Runner 9 years
I got my own laptop when I went to college. Go Mac!!!
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