I came across this concept as I was messing around on Google today. The Tamagotchi Effect is the name researchers have given to peoples' tendency to form relationships with robots or machines. The Wikipedia article is here http://en.wikipedia....magotchi_effect
I thought it would be interesting to get my fellow TamaTalkers' views on the concept. For me it's definitely true. I grew so attached to my P's in the week he was functional that I still keep him nearby constantly. He is always with me. I take him everywhere. I still miss being able to care for him. But I still carry him around because I want him to have a life and not be stuffed in a drawer somewhere forgotten.
So what's your view? Is the Tamagotchi Effect true for you or are Tamagotchis just a game. What do you think of the concept?