Tina Milton Around 30 per cent of Britons have witnessed physical attacks on their personal computers, a National Opinion Poll of 350 small businesses has revealed.
The research, conducted among small businesses, shows a growing trend of reliance on PCs, and therefore a frustration when they crash and lose information.
Nearly half of Britons have reacted to problems with their computer by either abusing colleagues, hitting the computer, screaming, shouting or hurling parts of the PC.
Fiona Dennis, stress management trainer with Priory Healthcare, a private health company said, "Over half of all working days lost to sickness in the UK are related to workplace stress. Being heavily reliant on IT to speed up our lives means that performance is hampered greatly when it fails, causing over reaction and stress."