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Summertime  (Level: 115.7 - Posts: 1123)
Wed, 2nd Jul '08 10:51 AM


It all started with a couch, a bag of potato chips, and an endless supply of television. The couch potato phenomenon has now spread into the computer gaming and Internet communities, creating a new sedentary human tuber known as a mouse potato. A mouse potato spends an excessive amount of time in front of a computer monitor, often exhibiting the same lack of interest in the outside world as the original television-addicted couch potato.

The term "mouse potato" is believed to have entered the popular vernacular in 1993, although the phenomenon itself was not completely unknown until that time. Some early computer enthusiasts, particularly gamers, were already spending numerous hours a day in front of their monochrome monitors, only leaving their keyboards long enough to eat or sleep.

P.S. I wonder if the "mouse potato" is with gender...or is it, unisex? Deedee AKA Summertime

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Wed, 2nd Jul '08 11:01 AM

OMG, I'm going outside right now.

Flcyclist  (Level: 132.5 - Posts: 691)
Wed, 2nd Jul '08 11:11 AM

I was thinking exactly similar thoughts last night when I finally tore myself (unwillingly) away from Sploofus at 3:00 a.m., and I was comparing myself with couch potatoes, but hadn't come up with that cute phrase! That's exactly, thanks to Sploofus, what I've now become!

1mks  (Level: 221.1 - Posts: 5930)
Wed, 2nd Jul '08 11:18 AM can you tell if you are one? Spider webs going from you to the monitor? Guess that means me..... alas.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Wed, 2nd Jul '08 11:26 AM

I never made it outside.

Lbh58  (Level: 40.0 - Posts: 161)
Wed, 2nd Jul '08 11:41 AM

Hi Deedee,
Yah, you can put me on the list too

Donleigh  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 5475)
Wed, 2nd Jul '08 12:09 PM

Me and my laptop are going for a walk now. That way I can still play and exercise at the same time

Dyenamite  (Level: 49.6 - Posts: 669)
Wed, 2nd Jul '08 12:32 PM

I'm with Donna ... 2 steps forwards, one Sploof back

Marsviking  (Level: 65.2 - Posts: 17)
Wed, 2nd Jul '08 10:48 PM

Of course couch potatoes will say TV is reality. Look at all the news programs I take in, one will say. A mouse potato will say, I am looking for information and knowledge--isn't that reality? But of course it's like making love with a rubber suit on.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Wed, 2nd Jul '08 11:01 PM

What do you call it if you're in front of the computer - WITH the TV going about 10' away, chips and coke beside your mouse?

Donleigh  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 5475)
Wed, 2nd Jul '08 11:03 PM


Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Thu, 3rd Jul '08 12:14 AM

Sounds like my life Jank....
If it wasn't for my dogs,
I'd have no reason to go
out at all---can even order

Alvandy  (Level: 242.0 - Posts: 7725)
Thu, 3rd Jul '08 12:25 AM

Hmmmm- first that I heard of a "mouse potato"

My regimen- chips [potato]; diet beverage and peppermint patties [of course]

We have quite a few cats - they know there's a mouse in this house.

yep - I'm a mouse potato too

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