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More Than Half of US Adults Sometimes Spend More Time with Their Computer Than with Family or Close Friends

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As busy parents manage the daily pressures of family life, a new study reveals that on some days, 64% of US parents of kids under 18 spend more time with their computers than with family or close friends.

The study reveals that U.S. adults who feel they lose any time lose an average of 16 minutes per day while waiting for slow computers to "catch up" with them (e.g., waiting for programs to load, boot up/shut down).

As 16 minutes per day equates to two hours each week and four days per year lost to the whims of a slow computer, it's no surprise that 76% of U.S. parents have more patience for their children than they do their computers.

The survey also revealed that an underperforming computer can add to the everyday stress of parenting, as 69% of parents said waiting for a system they know should be faster is one of their top sources of daily frustration.

"I think most would agree that the rewards of parenting are well worth the frustration, stress and anxiety that comes with the role," said Roddy McLean, marketing director at Crucial.com. "However, when it comes to misbehaving computers, a memory upgrade is usually the best solution for adjusting the attitude of a computer that has become defiant."


This survey was conducted online within the United States between October 14-16, 2013 among 2,025 adults aged 18 and older, among whom 434 are parents of kids under 18, by Harris Interactive via its QuickQuery omnibus product.

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