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Computers are divisive and should be outlawed from homes.

That's just one of the conclusions of research conducted by 3Com which found PCs caused problems in the home, leading to arguments and family isolation.

The research also found that six out of ten households in Britain have PCs and a quarter of these have more than one machine.

3Com reckons the best way round the problem is for people to have multiple PCs in the home and then network them together using a new Home Networking Kit, which it intends to launch soon.

The other remedy, of course, is to ditch all home PCs - go on, just throw them out in the street and get rid of them. Then there won't be any more talk of isolation and arguments, and families can re-acquaint themselves with one another.

Perhaps they could play a board game or sing songs around a piano while mother gets the tin bath ready in front of the fire for bathtime while father smokes a pipe and dubbins his boots... ®

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