Wednesday, October 12, 2016

How many times a day do YOU shout at your PC? Researchers say the average American suffers 40,000 bouts of 'tech rage' over their lifetime


  • Americans will experience 40,800 technology malfunctions in a lifetime
  • A new study finds these issues can cause 'tech rage' and 'tech stress'
  • Many have reported physical alignments brought on by this stress 
  • Experts say working out is the best way to combat the rage and stress


Weak Wi-Fi connections, a slow computer and an office printer that doesn't work properly are enough to make anyone's blood boil with 'tech rage'.
A new study reveals millions of Americans experience at least two types of technology malfunctions a day and 40,800 over their lifetime - and these breakdowns are having a huge effect on stress levels.
However, experts have found that working out, such as walking, is a simple solution to calm your nerves.

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A new study reveals that millions of Americans experience at least two types of technology malfunctions a day and 40,800 in their lifetime - and these breakdowns have been found to increase stress levels
A new study reveals that millions of Americans experience at least two types of technology malfunctions a day and 40,800 in their lifetime - and these breakdowns have been found to increase stress levels

'TECH RAGE' IN NUMBERS 

A new study reveals that millions of Americans experience at least two types of technology malfunctions a day and will put up with at least 40,800 in their lifetime. 
A team from 24 Hour fitness surveyed 2,000 Americans to understand just big of an effect technology malfunctions can have. 
One in seven Americans have thrown their phone across the room in frustration after it failed to function properly.
Half of the 2,000 individuals in the study reported they have also yelled at a piece of technology and 16 percent have been reduced to tears.
Four in ten adults report stiff necks brought on by stress, one in four are plagued by achy joints and muscles and over a quarter suffer from stress-induced migraines. 
The idea of 'tech rage' may sound like an imaginary emotion, but many people have experienced this phenomenon firsthand.
In April 2015, a man from Colorado Springs, Colorado carried his computer into an alley and shot it eight times with a handgun after a long battle with the uncooperative machine.
Authorities said Lucas Hinch, 37, was cited for discharging a fireman within city limits.
'Investigation revealed a resident was fed up with fighting his computer for the last several months,' said the statement, entitled 'Man Kills His Computer.' 
Although Hinch's bout sounds a bit more extreme than most, a study conducted by 24 Hour Fitness reveals that 65 percent of US adults say the regularly are overcome with fury as a result of unreliable technology.
Other than faulty devices, slow downloads, pop-ups and logging in or password problems have also been found to trigger fits of rage.
A team from 24 Hour fitness surveyed 2,000 Americans to understand just big of an effect technology malfunctions can have – and many reported it's that devices have a mind of their own that increases stress levels.

Restarting by themselves or not charging properly were issues found to take a toll on people's wellbeing.
And one in seven Americans has even thrown their phone across the room in frustration after it failed to function properly.
Half of the 2,000 individuals in the study reported they have also yelled at a piece of technology and 16 percent have been reduced to tears.

A team from 24 Hour fitness surveyed 2,000 Americans to understand just big of an effect technology malfunctions can have. Many have reported physical alignments brought on by the stress of technology breakdowns
A team from 24 Hour fitness surveyed 2,000 Americans to understand just big of an effect technology malfunctions can have. Many have reported physical alignments brought on by the stress of technology breakdowns

A fifth reported arguing with partners because of technology fail and a third have been sent into stress-filled frustrations if they experienced a disturbance while streaming a movie.
What appears to be even more alarming is that stress from technology breakdown is found to have a physical effect.
Four in ten adults report stiff necks brought on by stress, one in four are plagued by achy joints and muscles and over a quarter suffer from stress-induced migraines.

TOO MUCH TECHNOLOGY IS BAD FOR YOUR MEMORY 

Scientists say that research is urgently needed into the long-term consequences of relying on gadgets rather than our brains. 
Evan Risko, a professor of cognitive psychology at the University of Waterloo, warned: ‘If you are allowed to store some to-be-remembered information on a computer, chances are you won’t devote cognitive real estate to remembering it.
‘As a result, your ability to remember that information without the computer will likely be reduced.
‘There’s little doubt that these new technologies are affecting what we remember.’
 Studies on sat-nav use have found that while they helped motorists on their journey, they affected memory.
The drivers remembered less about what they have seen along the way – and struggled to retrace the route when asked to drive it again without the aid of the sat-nav. 
Another study found that museum-goers given digital cameras remembered objects they had photographed less well than other exhibits. 
Other research suggests that the vast amounts of information available on Google may fool us into thinking we are smarter than we actually are.
However, many of these individuals felt the need to battle stress with gym workouts, yoga and getting extra rest – remedies experts say are among the best.
'Fitness goals are about more than exercise. At 24 Hour Fitness, we believe the time you spend in the gym helps make the life you lead outside the best it can be, and that includes helping you deal with the daily stress of technology breakdown,' said Mike Carney, vice president, marketing, 24 Hour Fitness.
The survey revealed that most vulnerable place for tech stress is in work environments.
More than half of those polled said tech stress often strikes when they are up against the clock on a deadline, or need things done fast.

The survey also reveals that 31 percent of people have found the secret weapon to beat the stress - working out. The most popular methods to reduce stress were found to be walking or listening to music
The survey also reveals that 31 percent of people have found the secret weapon to beat the stress - working out. The most popular methods to reduce stress were found to be walking or listening to music

One in seven has missed an important work deadline because technology failed them.
The research also examined the link between stress levels and exercise/movement, and found that more than 70 percent of people feel their job doesn't allow them to move around enough during the day.
However, the survey also reveals that 31 percent of people have found the secret weapon to beat the stress - working out.
The most popular methods to reduce stress were found to be walking or listening to music.
And 57 percent feel a mental boost from working out, whereas found in ten experience emotional benefits.
The 'workout effect' as a solution to combat tech stress that lasts for over four hours, according to experts at 24 Hour fitness.
'Science has proven how important a healthy lifestyle is, not only for disease prevention, but also in dealing with the many stressors of daily life,' said Carney.
'When you practice theses skills, you become better prepared for enjoying daily life and managing annoying and more serious life stressors.' 



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