Nearly three quarters of all men refuse to read the instruction manual when setting up a new PC. And when they do it is only out of a fit of desperation.

Thus read the findings of this summer’s latest silly season survey, which also showed that members of the fairer sex (that’s women) are far more likely to blame themselves if they encounter problems assembling their PC (70%).

Retail chain PC World conducted the survey by monitoring calls to its helpline, which revealed that men are also far more likely to question the expertise of the youngsters manning the support service. “Are you sure,” is apparently the most common response.

The PC World helpine is bombarded by 37,000 calls a week, according to a spokesman for the Dixons-owned retail chain.

But the PC Advisor award for Silliest Survey of the Season goes to online retailer, which canvassed 1500 customers to try and establish a link between monogamy and desktop computing.

The results of the in depth study concluded that 77% of laptop owners are more interested in sleeping around than settling down to a steady relationship, three times as many as those who owned a desktop PC.