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Here's why the census wants to know if you have a PC

“It’s an old-fashioned question,” a CSO spokesperson said.

THERE ARE MANY questions on today’s census.

They range from age, race, religion to…whether you own a PC or not.

If you think it’s a seemingly odd question, you’re not the only one.

“It’s an old-fashioned question because it’s a no-change census,” a CSO spokesperson told

The no-change census means that all of the questions from 2011 are back, despite not really telling the CSO much.

The census website from 2011 says the question is there to establish the uptake in PC ownership. However, its only purpose is to compare with 2016’s census.

“The results will provide an important gauge of the uptake of information technology around the country.

“The results will allow a comparison to be drawn between PC ownership levels during the previous census.”

They say that that for the purposes of the census, the question defines a PC as a personal computer, a laptop or tablet.

The CSO, however, doesn’t think the question will be back in 2021.

“The 2021 census is envisaged to be an internet census, with questions decided with public consultation.”

The CSO says that the questions on household access to the internet will be far more enlightening.

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