I was recently thinking about the entire ownership process of the computer; from the time of shopping around for a PC to the time of disposing of the PC, and arrived at the conclusion that owning a computer can actually be a stressful experience that ultimately may be affecting our health and may be shortening our lifespan.
Of course I am no doctor and have no data to backup my colorful comments in this article, but I can attest from personal experience of maintaining PC’s and assisting others, that the “computer equals stress” AND that “stress equals health problems”. I do not want to sound too negative about computer ownership to the point that it discourages you from owning a PC; but, let’s have a little fun and take a look at this process (through a scenario) and list some potential stressors that could be associated with owning a PC, then I will let you be the judge.
I encourage comments and any other stressful experiences that you may have experienced and/or should be included in this list. This list of stressors are examples only and no names are reflected to the protect the innocent; BUT, this is what can happen.
Stressful Experience #1 – Shopping around for a PC
Stressfull Experience #2 – Purchasing the PC (especially if you purchased it online)
Stressful Experience #3 – Setting up the PC.
Stressful Experience #4 – Setting up the PC and realizing you need to buy other things (e.g. printer, surge protector, external drive to backup files, etc.).
Stressful Experience #5 – Contacting Tech Support and spending an hour to talk to a tech in another country.
Stressful Experience #6 – Sending the PC back to the manufacturer due to a defect; which starts the stress process all over again when you get the PC back.
Stressful Experience #7 – Finding an Internet Service Provider and getting your PC on the internet.
Stressful Experience #8 – Starting up the PC for the first time and that “deer in the headlight look” sets in and you are being prompted to install this and buy that, etc…
Stressful Experience #9 – Your taskbar that was at the bottom of screen has now somehow moved to the top of the screen.
Stressful Experience #10 – Contacting Tech Support because of Stress Experience #9 to only hear the other tech’s laughing in the background.
Stressful Experience #11 – Your computer is finally setup and your family is now using the computer.
Stressful Experience #12 – Everyone in the family is using online services such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, ITunes, Babe Pics of the Day, file sharing, instant messaging, different browsers, and on and on…
Stressful Experience #13 – Computer is running slower. Spyware and virus warnings are popping up informing you your PC is infected. You pay with your credit card to fix the problem and the problem worsens.
Stressful Experience #14 – You contact tech support because your PC is still running slow only to learn your PC is out of its’ warranty period and you now have to pay for tech support.
Stressful Experience #15 – Tech Support informs you that the PC is beyond cleaning; that you were a victim of an online scam; that your credit card has been compromised and the only way to fix the PC is to do a recovery.
Stressful Experience #16 – You forgot to make the recovery disks. You buy the recovery disks through tech support.
Stressful Experience #17 – As a result of Stressful Experiences #13, #14, #15 and #16 you are now back at Stressful Experience #3.
Stressful Experience #18 – As a result of stressful experiences #1 – #17, you learn the value of maintaining your PC and securing your PC; however, you just can’t let your subscription to “Babe Pics of the Day” go… “What Momma doesn’t know won’t hurt her!”
Stressful Experience #19 – You have survived numerous experiences over the lifetime of your PC and it is time to get rid of it and you decide to donate it to your Church to use with their projection system. You are happy that you survived these experiences, handed off the PC to a good cause, and now you are ready to kick back, because you now know everything about a PC.
Stressful Experience #20 – You did not remove the personal data from the PC (that you donated to the Church). Remember “Babe Pics of the Day”; well, let me tell you…
Stressful Experience #21 – Judgment Day