Is Owning a Computer Shortening Your Lifespan?

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


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15 thoughts on “Is Owning a Computer Shortening Your Lifespan?

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  1. Honestly this is all related to OEM (retail) PC’s. They are full of junk when you get them to keep them cheap, and like Window it needs its protection.

    I have found that people who own Mac’s are so much more stress free since the support is local, everything works, it will not randomly crash, everything is mostly included, and its easy to use.

    Although I am myself not typing on a Mac because I can not currently afford one. But the Mac’s that I have used are well worth the cost.


  2. You know Rick, I was starting to think what you think -pc’s, or more precisely, internet, shorten our lives.
    In my case, I should just avoid the stress of accepting more on-line work which I now find hard to do -I’m hyperactive and semi-workaholic.
    Bravo Rick.
    Would you like this reposted at Plato on-line?
    And btw, you might want to feature my guest-post Starting a Blog the Right Way at Million Clues on Geeks of the Week or repost it.


  3. Pochp,

    You can repost on Plato On-Line if you desire… Would be honored!

    Just found your article on “Million Clues”… Give me a day or two and I’ll do a post pointing to your blog and to that specific article.



  4. @Pochp,

    I was intrigued by your statement, which I think confuses an issue. It appears as if you are equating comments, with hits.

    Comments are NOT hits, or reads, and in terms of ranking an article (popularity), mean very little. Particularly, when the poster/author re-comments.

    Google, and other search engines, are primarily interested in the number of persistent reads and links, especially links, directed back to a specific article, by high ranking sites. This is what generally establishes “popularity”.

    If the site linking back to an article has a PageRank less than the site on which the article has been published, which is often the case, then the link (according to Google), has very limited value.


  5. Rick,
    Perhaps it is the fact that I am a help/support/repair tech that I can so I identify with what you have posted here.. I thoroughly enjoyed this read. Empathized. Sympathized. “Related”.

    Sir, bravo!


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