Official: PCs are bad for your nerves

One quarter of 4200 people surveyed online in the UK confessed to having physcially abused their PCs or Macintosh computers.

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By  David Ingham Published  June 10, 2001

A quarter of 4,200 users surveyed online have confessed to physically attacking their computers. The survey was carried out by the UK computer retailer, Novatech.

“We were surprised by the number of people who confessed to physically attacking their computers – 25%,” said David Furby, Novatech’s managing director.

“But looking at some of the answers, it’s clear that in many cases people were actually frustrated at their own lack of know-how. Hopefully, as technology improves and computers become ever more user-friendly, these attacks will become less frequent!”

Mac and PC users confessed to several acts of vandalism.

“I got so angry with my laptop that I just threw it across the room, when it refused to come out of the suspended mode,” wrote one unidentified vandal. “The funny thing was when I calmed down and picked up the laptop it was out of the suspended mode, but my hi-fi, which it hit, has never worked since.”

Another user said: “I once lost my temper and thumped my monitor very hard. It didn’t solve the problem but I did manage to break my little finger. The hospital staff and my family, friends and colleagues all thought it very amusing.”

A Macintosh user confessed to the following experience. “I once had what can only be described as a dodgy Mac. I’ve always used ‘em and normally swear by them, but this one was just a nightmare — everything that could go wrong did go wrong. One afternoon, after a day of glitches and errors and general frustration and faffing about, I wrenched (to the shock of my office) the screen free, stormed outside and chucked the… thing down the fire escape stairs. I felt a bit guilty later and tidied it all up and gave it a decent burial in a skip!”

Other survey participants owned up to amusing acts of computer stupidity. One person confessed to calling out an engineer (at a cost of over $100) to fix a broken monitor. It turned out that the monitor merely needed plugging in.

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