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Crucial Study Finds that Computers Cause Stress

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A survey by Crucial revealed that most of us are unhappy with our computers, and consider them as source of stress.

Several years ago, when I was holding a dinner table speech about some new technology, a friend reminded me that computers simply solve problems we otherwise would not have, and that computers create problems that they do not solve. A whopping 94 percent of survey respondents said that they experienced computer performance problems causing stress. 52 percent of respondents said they are unhappy with the performance of their PC.

The level of stress was greater than that experienced when choosing what to wear (47 percent), traffic jams (27 percent), going through airport security (21 percent), dealing with finances (19 percent), filing taxes (18 percent), managing their overall health (14 percent), and arguing with their spouse (13 percent). Crucial's debate ties into a discussion in the industry how much performance the average user really needs. However, most of the time, this debate focuses on the GPU and not on the memory.

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    math1337 , September 9, 2012 1:34 PM
    94% of consumers are too stupid to uninstall the bloatware that comes with new computers. Also, they download EVERYTHING on the internet and install it. I've seen it happen too many times.
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    ickarumba1 , September 9, 2012 1:43 PM
    Was anyone else initially fooled by the title?
    "Crucial study" made me think of a well-researched, peer-reviewed study with a very convincing conclusion.
    When reading the article, I found that the study is the complete opposite of what I originally thought it would be.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , September 9, 2012 1:35 PM
    Losers. Get an SSD, an i3 and 4-8 GB of RAM and stop complaining. Oh, and get a life while you're at it, computers might create problems they don't solve but there won't be airport security, finances, taxes and other stuff without them, so STFU and deal with it.

    Also, stress over choosing what to wear? Seriously? Seriously? I don't think I can take the survey seriously, the respondents seem to be whiny drama queens.
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    atikkur , September 9, 2012 1:15 PM
    until highend gpu cannot render realtime avatar quality rendered graphics in 60+ fps for video games,, we are not satisfied with our computer performance.
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    math1337 , September 9, 2012 1:34 PM
    94% of consumers are too stupid to uninstall the bloatware that comes with new computers. Also, they download EVERYTHING on the internet and install it. I've seen it happen too many times.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , September 9, 2012 1:35 PM
    Losers. Get an SSD, an i3 and 4-8 GB of RAM and stop complaining. Oh, and get a life while you're at it, computers might create problems they don't solve but there won't be airport security, finances, taxes and other stuff without them, so STFU and deal with it.

    Also, stress over choosing what to wear? Seriously? Seriously? I don't think I can take the survey seriously, the respondents seem to be whiny drama queens.
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    ickarumba1 , September 9, 2012 1:43 PM
    Was anyone else initially fooled by the title?
    "Crucial study" made me think of a well-researched, peer-reviewed study with a very convincing conclusion.
    When reading the article, I found that the study is the complete opposite of what I originally thought it would be.
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    whitey_rolls1984 , September 9, 2012 1:44 PM
    A good chunk of this too could come from the corporate world as well. I worked at a place from 2008 to 2011 and my computer there caused me stress. It was a job where I would get a phone call and be expected to use my computer in order to discuss matters with a client. My computer was like a p4 with 256 mb of memory.

    Thankfully the place I'm at now just gave me a $1,800 HP laptop with a Core I7, Nvidia workstation GPU and 8 gigs of memory - no more stress.
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    beayn , September 9, 2012 1:55 PM
    Well duh, when you spend $299 or $399 at Walmart on your computer, of COURSE YOU'RE GOING TO BE UNHAPPY WITH ITS PERFORMANCE.

    Spend a little extra money and get a decent system. Get an SSD, a decent CPU and a $150 video card.
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    ojas , September 9, 2012 2:34 PM
    halcyonMy little Macs are not causing me any stress that I'm aware of ....and TBH I don't turn my PC on enough to cause me stress at all.

    Well, spending a fortune for them is considered to be stressful by some.
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    beayn , September 9, 2012 2:58 PM
    halcyonMy little Macs are not causing me any stress that I'm aware of ....and TBH I don't turn my PC on enough to cause me stress at all.
    Did you pay $299 for your Mac?
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    A Bad Day , September 9, 2012 3:30 PM
    whitey_rolls1984A good chunk of this too could come from the corporate world as well. I worked at a place from 2008 to 2011 and my computer there caused me stress. It was a job where I would get a phone call and be expected to use my computer in order to discuss matters with a client. My computer was like a p4 with 256 mb of memory. Thankfully the place I'm at now just gave me a $1,800 HP laptop with a Core I7, Nvidia workstation GPU and 8 gigs of memory - no more stress.


    Back in 2010 or so, I recall seeing a company still using Windows NT 4.0. Small surprise that almost all of the employees were unhappy.


    At my school, all of the teachers got new laptops. Many of them picked the Macbook Pro, only to realize that a good portion of the education software were not compatible with the OS.

    As for our computer labs, about a quarter of our computers are either in the repair shop, malfunctioning (purple-tinted or fuzzy monitors, or can't boot), or are partially dissembled and lying around in the labs. Also, they're all P4 computers, and the internet connection and servers suck as well.
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    cookoy , September 9, 2012 3:35 PM
    There are more important things out there than worrying about computer performance. Get a life.
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    Camikazi , September 9, 2012 3:49 PM
    I love my computers, they relieve my stress not add to them. I can see a huge part of this being from companies still using very old, slow computers those can cause a LOT of stress.
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    obsama1 , September 9, 2012 3:50 PM
    beaynWell duh, when you spend $299 or $399 at Walmart on your computer, of COURSE YOU'RE GOING TO BE UNHAPPY WITH ITS PERFORMANCE. Spend a little extra money and get a decent system. Get an SSD, a decent CPU and a $150 video card.


    An average consumer doesn't need a $150 GPU. They're fooled into buying computers based on:
    # of cores
    Amount of RAM
    Price

    Then they download everything that says DOWNLOAD and they get upset when it gets slow. The average consumer just needs an i3, SSD, 4GB of RAM, and an 6450.
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    Camikazi , September 9, 2012 3:53 PM
    halcyonMy little Macs are not causing me any stress that I'm aware of ....and TBH I don't turn my PC on enough to cause me stress at all.

    Good for you, just to show the other side I know quite a few people who can't stand their Macs and have constant problems with them, most of them gave up on Apple and switched to a PC and are happy.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , September 9, 2012 3:55 PM
    obsama1An average consumer doesn't need a $150 GPU. They're fooled into buying computers based on:# of coresAmount of RAMPriceThen they download everything that says DOWNLOAD and they get upset when it gets slow. The average consumer just needs an i3, SSD, 4GB of RAM, and an 6450.


    Even a good integrated graphics is enough... my work PC is an i5-2400 with 8GB of RAM and no dedicated GPU and it never stresses me. On the other hand, tiny netbooks that every fool out there buys and then brings to us to fix DO stress me out. You get what you pay for, people, stop buying into the "ultraportable/ultracheap" BS, your nerves are not worth it.
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    A Bad Day , September 9, 2012 4:01 PM
    cookoyThere are more important things out there than worrying about computer performance. Get a life.


    Schedule for today: Finish the report due today, start a video conference with the clients, and work on the Power Point presentation that needs to be ready in three hours.

    Your computer today: Window's Data Execution Protection has shut down MS Word, MS Power Point, and the software that runs the video conferencing. The tech department is currently busy with a major server crash.
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    jbourne84 , September 9, 2012 4:02 PM
    but factor in internet porn and its pretty much a wash
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    beayn , September 9, 2012 4:07 PM
    obsama1An average consumer doesn't need a $150 GPU. They're fooled into buying computers based on:# of coresAmount of RAMPriceThen they download everything that says DOWNLOAD and they get upset when it gets slow. The average consumer just needs an i3, SSD, 4GB of RAM, and an 6450.
    No they don't need a $150 GPU, but all too often they have onboard graphics, buy a game off the shelf and complain they can't play it, or download an HD video and complain it's choppy. I'm just listing off things to buy so they don't ever have a reason to complain.
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    Usersname , September 9, 2012 4:09 PM
    CamikaziGood for you, just to show the other side I know quite a few people who can't stand their Macs and have constant problems with them, most of them gave up on Apple and switched to a PC and are happy.
    You're mixing tenses...You're also probably not telling the truth. I've worked with Macs and PC's since the 80's and can assure you PC's are far more trouble than Mac's. I've never known a Mac user switch to Wintel PC's due to Mac OS or hardware problems. If they did make a swap it was for software that was unavailable on a Mac (usually games). Most of the gamers have since switched back to Mac and use consoles. I still use home built PC's for gaming and I get problems with these despite buying quality components.
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    beayn , September 9, 2012 4:15 PM
    A Bad DaySchedule for today: Finish the report due today, start a video conference with the clients, and work on the Power Point presentation that needs to be ready in three hours.Your computer today: Window's Data Execution Protection has shut down MS Word, MS Power Point, and the software that runs the video conferencing. The tech department is currently busy with a major server crash.
    Stop getting your computer infected and you won't have that problem. Major server crashes are pretty rare. If they are common where you work, hire new IT people. Our company has deployed many many servers, all have long up-times of multiple years. Rarely does one crash and it's usually because a UPS died when the power went out.
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