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

 

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.

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 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.

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.

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.’