London - A new study suggests that we spend five-and-a-half days each year waiting for slow computers, applications and files to load.
The research was conducted among PC and laptop users in the UK and found that these waiting times also had a knock-on effect, putting almost a third (30 percent) of respondents in a bad mood for the rest of the day.
The impact was perhaps worst for the gadgets themselves, with just under a fifth (17 percent) of those surveyed reporting that they took their frustration out on the hardware, thumping it or throwing it about.
Conducted by computer memory makers SanDisk, the study estimated that we spend 130 hours each year waiting for our computers to load and that PC freezes and crashes have become one of the top seven most stressful daily experiences.
Other stresses from the same list included waiting for a late bus or train (30 percent of respondents said this was the worst) and waiting for a non-reserved table at a restaurant (another 30 percent disliked this the most). – Independent