If you have ever been driven to verbally or physically assault your computer for its ill-timed crashes and its unaccountable go-slows (I know I have) don’t worry; you are not alone.

Researchers have discovered that over half a sample of British users had shouted or sworn at their computer equipment and 40 per cent had resorted to physical violence, whacking keyboards and smashing mice to vent their anger. The majority experienced “computer rage” three of four times a month, and more than 10 per cent exploded at least 10 times, owing to unsatisfactory work progress and time pressure.

Experts say that while habitual, unrestrained expression of anger is bad for your health, occasionally hurling abuse at your computer might be better than bottling up your frustration.

Other research has shown that an increasing number of people suffer from “read rage” — where they lose their temper with unclear instruction books for gadgets. About half have yelled in frustration, while a quarter have thrown the offending booklet across the room. ~ Daily Telegraph, Apr 1


Carolyn Moynihan

Carolyn Moynihan is the former deputy editor of MercatorNet