Got computer rage? safe ways to vent
Kent Norman did something most people would like to do with their workplace irritations.
After work one day, he torched the source of his angst: a computer mouse.
The darn thing's ball kept freezing, making it hard to keep the cursor on target.
Actually, he first tried a candle, but it didn't perfectly crisp the mouse. He then grabbed a torch, eventually throwing the disfigured mouse onto his grill.
A bit extreme? Maybe. But you try working for two months with an unruly mouse.
As he said, it was very annoying.
Come on, it's not like you've never imagined whacking a sledgehammer through a computer that keeps freezing.
Workers nowadays are overly reliant on this one piece of very fallible office equipment.
So in the likely event that your computer misbehaves — like taking hostage three weeks worth of work — who can blame you for getting superstressed?
Such workplace stress can proliferate in many ways. Most people in one such study commissioned by Compaq, for example, have seen other workers rage against their computers — swearing at the equipment, for example.
Norman said he felt better after he destroyed his mouse. And it wasn't just personal. Norman is director of the University of Maryland's Laboratory for Automation Psychology and Decision Processes, studying interaction between people and computers.
His mouse ordeal even prompted him to start an informal online survey on computer rage. About 2,600 responses later, he learned that many people have found themselves swearing at their computers.