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Stressed Out at Work Jul 14, 2011 11:25 by Matt Bird

British workers spend five hours every week stressed out – because of technology.

A new study has revealed that slow internet, computers crashing and the printer running out of ink or paper sees workers feeling harassed for an average of 56 minutes each day.

Not to mention busy mobile phone networks, constant texts from your other half and even seeing unflattering pictures of yourself tagged on Facebook.

The findings revealed that more than a third of workers reckon technology makes their blood boil more than anything else.

By far the most troublesome pieces of office equipment are PCs and laptops, followed by printers and phones according to our study.

More than 40 per cent of the 3000 adults polled said that their working life and having to deal with technology was way more stressful than their love lives, domestic disputes and financial troubles.

When asked about the survey Matt said:  ‘’Work can be stressful for many people and technology is certainly something that tends to tip people over the edge. It can be frustrating when your computer crashes, the printer packs up or your phone loses battery – especially if you’re in the middle of something crucial. We tend to take technology for granted when everything is working well, but as soon as it fails out stress levels rise purely we have become so reliant on technology in our working lives.’’

The poll also found one in ten British workers claim to be completely stressed out from the time they get up to the time they go to bed.

And the average worker reckons they spend 22 per cent of their working day wound up about something.

But it’s not just technology which gets our blood boiling – one in ten gets wound up when there is no milk for their first cup of coffee for the day.

And 19 per cent confess to getting frantic over latest buses and trains.

According to Matt:  ‘’It certainly appears that it’s the little things in life that get the blood boiling. The stresses of the working week can get you angry and frustrated but in the grand scheme of things slow Internet connections, and printers running out of ink are not big deals. ’Most of these issues with technology can be prevented – keep printers topped up with paper and ink, keep phones and laptops charged and be sure to save work to prevent yourself from losing it.’’

The study also showed the best way to relieve a stressful day is to chill out and watch telly – although over a quarter of us drown our sorrows with a glass of wine in the evenings.

A chaotic seven per cent of workers said they never unwind at the end of a stressful day at work because of family commitments

Only six per cent of those polled said they get stressed at weekends.

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