Slow Computers, Spam, Pop-Ups And Viruses All Raise Stress Levels
from the time-for-some-computer-zen dept
Crashing computers, spam, pop-ups and viruses all increase the amount of stress in our lives, according to a new study (commissioned by Symantec, who of course is trying to use the results to sell more of their software). Many people are so frustrated with these annoyances, that they say these downsides outweigh the benefits of getting a computer. A very small percentage (14%) say that computer problems never bother them (I'm guessing these people don't actually use computers, but just think they do). Of course, it's interesting to look at the breakdown of annoyances. It makes you wonder why marketers would be so enthusiastic about pushing techniques (spam and popups) that most people say adds stress to their lives. Meanwhile, the number one method of dealing with computer problems appears to be to try to fix the problem ourselves - though, that often involves "swearing, shouting and even violence" along with pressing random keys to see if that does anything (other than induce more swearing, shouting and even violence).