Security firm Avira published the results of a recent consumer survey that sheds some light on the abuse computers users inflict on their PCs. We're not talking about malware, mind you, but actual physical and verbal abuse directed towards our machine servants that we sometimes have a love/hate relationship with. Out of 14,000 polled, 39 percent admitted to cursing or yelling at their disobedient PC out loud.
What we gather from that tidbit is not everyone's being honest, lest we're led to believe 41 percent truly have never shouted like a sailor at their PC in times of dismay.
We're less shocked that 9 percent admitted to getting into fisticuffs with their computer, or worse yet, beating it with a baseball bat or other object. And 3 percent said they've actually picked up their PC and thrown it to the ground WWE style or against a desk or other piece of furniture.
"It is true that we tried to have some fun with this question of the month since it was December and traditionally many people are online shopping with some experiencing problems if a PC stops working or if they cannot access a website at the appropriate time," said Elisabeth Rothbart, PR Manager, Avira. "I think the funny aspect to this question is that an equal number of people curse at their PC vs. being nice to them. There is probably some anger management factoid in the results some place, but we’ll worry about the PC side of things. I don’t recommend violence of any sort toward computers or anything else, but I can relate to the feelings of frustration."
Have you ever screamed obscenities at your PC? Have you ever caused it physical arm, such as lighting it on fire perhaps? Come clean in the comments section below!