Computer-induced stress worse than tax time?

A survey commissioned by has discovered that computer performance problems are causing people stress. No news there, right? Well, it’s causing more stress than you might think.


Image courtesy of Shutterstock
According to the survey, 52 per cent of Americans were unhappy with the performance of their computers, and of those, 94 per cent said that had caused them stress.

How much stress? Twenty-one per cent said more stress than going through airport security. And 18 per cent said it was more stressful than filing taxes.

In his Forbes article, Gene Marks says it’s because we live in an app world:

There are now hundreds of thousands of apps (they used to be called applications but the world has gotten that much lazier over the past few years) written by tens of thousands of application developers around the world.  Some are great.  Others are not so great.  And no matter how hard Google or Microsoft or Apple may try, they can’t test the reliability of them all.  So the world becomes proliferated with lousy software.

I’d argue that it’s because of our dependence on technology. I started my journalism career with a tool set of A) a phone book, and 2) a phone. Now, if I don’t have a Web connection, I’m more or less helpless. I don’t know how many people can’t get from Point A to unknown Point B without the intervention of a GPS or mapping program, but I’ll wager there are plenty, and there will be more and more with each passing product year. And how can the masses maintain personal contact with loved ones if they can’t get to Facebook?

Crappy apps (crapplications?) or no, we are the problem. There are things we should be able to do without technological intervention, like read a map, look up a phone number, and maintain a personal relationship.

(As a postscript, our content management system crashed as I was entering this story. Oh, irony …)

Would you recommend this article?


Thanks for taking the time to let us know what you think of this article!
We'd love to hear your opinion about this or any other story you read in our publication.

Jim Love, Chief Content Officer, IT World Canada

Featured Download

Dave Webb
Dave Webb
Dave Webb is a freelance editor and writer. A veteran journalist of more than 20 years' experience (15 of them in technology), he has held senior editorial positions with a number of technology publications. He was honoured with an Andersen Consulting Award for Excellence in Business Journalism in 2000, and several Canadian Online Publishing Awards as part of the ComputerWorld Canada team.

Featured Articles

Cybersecurity in 2024: Priorities and challenges for Canadian organizations 

By Derek Manky As predictions for 2024 point to the continued expansion...

Survey shows generative AI is a top priority for Canadian corporate leaders.

Leaders are devoting significant budget to generative AI for 2024 Canadian corporate...

Related Tech News

Tech Jobs

Our experienced team of journalists and bloggers bring you engaging in-depth interviews, videos and content targeted to IT professionals and line-of-business executives.

Tech Companies Hiring Right Now