65 Percent of Americans Spend
More Time with Their Computer than Their Spouse
- 8 in 10 Americans
More Dependent on their Computer than 3 Years Ago -
CITY, Calif. -- 65 percent of
consumers are spending more time with a computer than with their
significant other, according to new independent research commissioned
by independent research firm Kelton Research, the "Cyber
Stress" study confirmed consumers' growing relationship with
in their everyday lives. In fact, more than 8 out of 10 Americans
say they are more dependent on their home computer now than they
just three years ago(1).
relationship, the test comes not when things are going well but
when times are tough. And unfortunately in the case of their computers,
things aren't going so well for Americans(2).
-- The average
consumer has experienced computer troubles eight times
about every four months - over the last three years.
-- The average
American is wasting 12 hours per month - the equivalent
half a weekend - due to problems with their home computer.
-- A majority
of Americans (52%) describe their most recent experience
with a computer problem as one of anger, sadness or alienation.
"We empathize with
the emotional nature of dealing with
computer problems. As the leader in computer problem resolution
nearly 10 years, we have a distinct advantage in helping consumers
quickly and conveniently solve their frustrating computer problems,"
said Josh Pickus, CEO of SupportSoft. "For these reasons, we
launching support.com, a service that speaks to consumers without
talking down to them and uses proven, patented technology to resolve
their frustrating computer problems - guaranteed(3)."
Considering the large
role computers play in people's lives today,
experts agree that computer problems can sometimes cause significant
emotional distress, similar to what happens when a problem occurs
"As computers become
increasingly pervasive in our lives, our
relationships with them can begin to seem almost as important as
relationship with a significant other. When problems then occur
computer, it often leaves people feeling frustrated or helpless,"
Dr. Robi Ludwig, renowned psychotherapist and host of TLC's reality
series "One Week to Save a Marriage." "On my show,
I teach couples that
they don't have to be an expert in resolving tough marital problems,
they simply have to know whom to turn to for support. With the
introduction of support.com, consumers can have a trusted advisor
turn to for technology relief when they experience frustrating
Stress" study was conducted between December 2006
and January 2007 and involved 1001 nationally representative Americans
age 18 and older with PCs and broadband Internet access. The survey
results indicate a margin of error of +/- 3.1% at a 95% confidence
is a leading provider of software and services
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