I have a friend who is always in front of the computer and spends a great amount of time surfing the internet or doing anything related to the computer.

How can you describe this person in a word?

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    The question is too ambiguous to know the intended meaning. What aspect are you trying to capture? The sedentary nature? Addiction to the activity? Reliance on a computer as a tool? Reliance on the content they view? Their proficiency?
    – fixer1234
    Sep 9, 2018 at 15:39

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You may want to use "mouse potato" which means:

a person who spends a great deal of time using a computer

  • I have never heard that ever
    – Hippolippo
    Apr 29, 2019 at 22:15
  • I haven't either but I love it
    – Havegooda
    May 23, 2019 at 15:33

One could use "compuholic" to express the addiction aspect. Or "Internet addict". The word "compuholic" is of course formed by analogy with "alcoholic". Many coinages with the "-holic" ending have already been made to indicate beeing addicted to some specific thing.


Informally, people would probably refer to such a person as a geek or nerd

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