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First Published Friday, 3 April 2009


Computer Rage

Article Date: 03 Apr 2009


A study presented at the British Psychological Society Annual Conference in Brighton claims swearing and shouting at your computer, hitting the keyboard and smashing the mouse have become everyday expressions of anger and stress relief.


Dr John Charlton from the University of Bolton questioned 126 participants on how frequently they expressed anger at their computer and to provide a written description of one such incident. He found that the majority of people had become angry three or four times each month, and more than 10 per cent reported anger occurring ten times or more.



Overall, around 54 per cent of people had expressed this anger in verbal aggression towards their computing equipment. But 40 per cent of the participants had actually engaged in physical aggression towards the computer.


People reported that anger against computers was most often linked to two triggers: unsatisfactory work progress and time pressures.


Dr Charlton commented: “Although the study did not look at health factors, habitual, unrestrained expression of anger is known to be a significant cause of ill-health. However, moderate outbursts of anger, in the form of shouting at a computer might actually be beneficial.”


The British Psychological Society Annual Conference takes at the Holiday Inn on Brighton Seafront from 1 – 3 April 2009.


Source
British Psychological Society
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/144850.php



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