Study: 36 percent of US computer owners have yelled, cursed or struck their PCs

You may be a computer hardware and software expert or you could be a total neophyte when it comes to PCs. Ultimately, it doesn't matter; sooner or later, your computer will do things that it is not supposed to do and you could be sitting in front of it, trying to fix the problem. sometimes to no avail.

What do you do when this situation happens? According to a new study that was commissioned by memory maker Crucial, 36 percent of US PC owners who have experienced computer problems have yelled, cursed or even struck their PCs in frustration sometime in the last six months. The survey was conducted in June among over 2,000 US citizens age 18 and over.

The survey also showed that young adults, age 18 to 34, were more apt to scream, curse or hit their PC compared to older adults. Seven person of young adults even admitted to crying when faced with a hard-to-solve PC issue, compared to just two percent of older adults.

So what was the cause of their PC misbehaving? 46 percent of those surveyed blamed a virus or malware attack, while 12 percent blamed their own actions for the issues. 10 percent said installed software caused a problem on their PC and eight percent said there was not enough RAM in their computer. 12 percent didn't know what the problem was.

Of course, Crucial is using this survey as a way to help promote their PC RAM add-ons, claiming that many people who experience PC issues never consider that they may not have enough memory in their computer.

The company has also launched a new contest, Tough on Computers, that asks people to submit a 30 second video with their best PC frustration scream. The winner will get $5,000 and the top three will get some free RAM upgrades.

Source: Crucial
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Happened to me with Debian trying to install a PXE server. Got so mad that I erased the freaking harddisk, and put my laptop aside for a few days.

I once had a wireless keyboard that never worked right. It would always delay as I type and would leave letters out. One day I snapped, took the keyboard and whacked it on the floor while swearing until it was in a bunch of pieces.

I wouldn't dare hit my computer. Not after all the time and money I put into it. But my router on the other hand... Months of internet dropping out, seemed like the only logical component in the house to vent my anger on. Then yesterday, the cause was finally revealed. Squirrels. Pesky Squirrels chewing on the phone line.

My first PC (an old Sony VAIO desktop with XP), when I was young, I always used to hit it. I've only ever had one hard drive fill with bad sectors, and that was in that computer.

After learning how hard drives are sensitive, I stopped doing it. I now have my self-built computer with Windows 7, and only occasionally find myself giving strong words, or performing an angry dance in front of this computer.

I've looked at a PC with utter contempt, hatred and said things that made me question my sanity. LOL, its rather funny to think about looking back.

Let me guess, they were all running Windows. Does this mean that up to 40% of Windows users are so frustrated by it that they would resort to physical abuse on their computers?

Happened with my brand new computer yesterday. Something was taking up 100% hard drive activity (no scheduled anything) and it clashed with my video editing. Beyond annoying.

Can't remember ever doing it to a computer I own, but I kick my work computer a lot… 90% because it's under my desk near my feet, but the other 10% because it s***ts me off.

I did recently damage an Xbox 360 controller though. Had a rage moment after getting owned constantly a few nights in a row, lol.

Not enough RAM, yeah right. Windows 8 runs perfectly well on even 2 GB RAM. The problem is manufacturers continue to pre-install crud on all their desktops and laptops. I have even seen Core-i7 based machines with 8 GB of RAM which are sluggish.

Over the years I've found that threatening your PC works pretty well. Don't touch it ..just ..impress upon it what horrible fate lies ahead if it doesn't comply with your wishes.

We must organize and create PETE (People for the Ethical Treatment of Electronics) to stop people from these abusive acts!


About ten years ago I destroyed a Logitech "multimedia" keyboard because it had an annoying scroll wheel on the left of the qwerty keys, I accidentally brushed against it, which selected all text and ended up typing over a huge article or review I was typing. I think it was the "Turn your Windows 2003 into a Workstation" article, which I eventually finished a day later

These were the days before 'in browser' undo's and auto saves

I've destroyed several keyboards over the years (once because I was annoyed by the Caps Lock button), though I have to say it is very satisfying to vent my anger every now and again.