BEWARE: Computer Stress Syndrome Is (Apparently) Real

Posted: Apr 28 2010, 10:54am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 8:51pm CDT, in News | Technology News

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Are you panicking right now? You should be! A whole new disease has just come into being, and ALL of you could be infected. 'Computer Stress Syndrome' (via TheAge) was discovered by a communications think-tank as a result of a study conducted by the Chief Marketing Officer Council.

The study, which included 10,000 people, revealed that 94% of those surveyed claimed to depend on computers for their personal lives. No duh. 2/3rds of these folks had been forced to call tech support or experienced 'computer stress' within the last year. 40% had dealt with systems failures.

The name for this (very vague) syndrome was concocted by an actual doctor, Murray Feingold. He's decided that the tinge of desperation and frustration that follows any major computer issue deserves classification as its own ailment.

I can't imagine that this 'syndrome' is in any way new. Computers are special because they are ubiquitous today, but would the stress of a professional typist at losing his typewriter be any less than my anger when a BSOD pops up? A broken computer is a pain in the social life, but so is a busted phone or a car with a flat. Mechanical problems that are beyond our know-how to fix are always going to be terribly frustrating.

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