The P in PC stands for personal. We don’t think of that much anymore. It was a big deal in 1981 when IBM introduced the PC and it sat on your desk or underneath it. You didn’t share it with anyone. It was personally yours.
Frankly, I’m not sure we ever had a “personal” relationship with our PCs, but we really have a personal relationship with our cell phones. In fact, according to the 2013 Norton Report, 48 percent of people sleep within arm’s reach of their phones. Twenty-five percent check their phone during a dinner with friends. And 49 percent of people get upset if they leave their mobile phones at home when they go out.
It’s hard to see anyone making sure they slept within arm’s reach of their PC, but mobile phone users treat their devices like a loved one. Maybe that’s why...