Our Gadgets Wouldn't Like Us When We're Angry

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Here's a comforting truth: the next time your gadgets make you angry enough to pout, stomp, and scream, know that you're not alone. In fact, you're in the majority.


A recent survey by Harris Interactive showed that 60% of Americans were driven to yell or swear at a gadget out of frustration. Which frankly seems a little low, given how many times a day I feel like this:

The condition is known as "Hourglass Syndrome," a term coined by Intel and loosely defined as the agony inherent in waiting for our gadgets to quit stalling. 62% of us swear or yell, 29% resort to physical abuse of mouses, and 24% slap around our screens. Me? I'm in that 1% that turns bright green and just breaks stuff. It may not be cost effect, but it sure is cathartic. [GigaOM]

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every computer ive ever owned has died eventually from physical damage. the last one, my hard drives heads all crashed into their platters after i kicked it particularly hard. people tut and say it doesnt solve anything, but DAMN if it doesnt make me feel better, and honestly, once youve smashed X device enough times, hitting it when it breaks does start to fix whatever broke in in already.

heres the interesting thing; if i ran some programs that used to take forever for no reason ten years ago now, theyd go instantly. or took the software platform from X gadget ten years ago and ran it on the modern version. or whatever frustrated you back then. yet here we are ten years later still experiencing unexplained hangs, crashes and general bullshit that takes forever for no reason. and the same ten years before that. its like at some time, tech folks experimented and found users could just tolerate being abused by their own electronics like that, and so instead of making things work quickly, quietly, with accurate status, they always start off aiming for them to bloat, go slow, be annoying and hang because "its good enough" and it lets them cram in that extra crap that it really doesnt support.