High-Tech Robbery

Grab A Bite

While downloading and cybersurfing aren't exactly exercises that work up a sweat, apparently they do work up an appetite. A recent survey conducted by the Snack Food Association (SFA) found that eight out of 10 computer users like to snack while surfing the Net or performing other computing tasks.

When the munchies strike, what do computer operators reach for? The snacks of choice include popcorn (24 percent of respondents), pretzels (23 percent), potato chips (17 percent) and tortilla chips (14 percent).

Adding to the trend is the increase in the use of computers for fun rather than work, says the SFA. Many survey respondents say they most often cruise the Internet at home, where the kitchen cupboard is just a few steps away. Guess when it comes to entertainment and eating, the computer mouse and the remote control have something in common.

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This article was originally published in the October 1997 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: High-Tech Robbery.

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