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London - The burgeoning new language of the technological age is baffling most people, a study reveals.
For nearly half of adults, foreign words are less of a challenge than the techno-babble spawned by our dependence on computers.
Researchers found terms such as ‘vlogging’ (video blogging), ‘phishing’ (attempting to steal personal data through misrepresentation) and ‘ISP’ (internet service provider) are more confusing than words such as ‘boulangerie’ (bakery in French), ‘kalinichta’ (goodnight in Greek) and ‘nostrovia’ (cheers in Russian).
Scientists monitored the reactions of 16 adults to different phrases by measuring sweat levels and brain activity.
They discovered that 42 per cent of participants found tech terminology more stressful and confusing than hearing a foreign language.
The study, conducted by the Mindlab research firm for Carphone Warehouse’s Geek Squad tech support team, also found women were more comfortable with techno-babble than men, whose frustration levels were often twice as high.
Neuropsychologist Dr David Lewis said: ‘Most of us have been in a situation where we’ve found reading an instruction booklet for a gadget as difficult as understanding a foreign language.
‘The confusion causes our stress levels to rise steeply. When we don’t understand something, we can become frustrated.’ - Daily Mail