Most users have at least wished for bad things to happen to their machines, Avira study says

Dark Reading Staff, Dark Reading

February 8, 2011

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If you've cursed or wished evil on your PC, then you're not alone.

According to a study of 14,000 computer users conducted by security firm Avira, almost two out of every five people worldwide have cursed at their computers at some point in the past. Ironically, almost the same amount of people (38 percent) said they have never yelled at their computers during moments of frustration.

Eleven percent of respondents admitted they have wished for a catastrophic act to happen to their PCs, while 9 percent actually have hit their computers with another object (baseball bat, fist, etc.). Just 3 percent have actually picked up a computer and smashed it into the ground or against another object in disgust.

"I think the funny aspect to this question is that an equal number of people curse at their PC vs. being nice to them," said Elisabeth Rothbart, PR manager at Avira. "There are probably some anger management issues in the results someplace, but we'll worry about the PC side of things. I don't recommend violence of any sort toward computers, but I can relate to the feelings of frustration."

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