One in three office workers report tech rage

Forget road rage, a new survey has found one in three office workers suffers tech rage resulting in workplace "tanties".

According to a survey of 400 office workers in Sydney and Adelaide, technology is a major source of stress that adds to workplace pressure largely because they felt compelled to be more efficient.

Undertaken by South Australian-based research company Square Holes, respondents felt they had to be always available to clients. Square Holes general manager Jason Dunstone said tech rage is now a common office occurrence.

Computer crashes, spam e-mails, mobile phones and other communication devices are among the sources of tech rage. More than 35 percent of the workers interviewed reported receiving too much spam.

They also reported an average of nine computer crashes a week, with Sydney workplaces receiving almost double the number of crashes a week of Adelaide workplaces.

Dunstone said workers reported feeling trapped and their privacy invaded outside work hours by the heavy reliance on mobile phones and other communication devices.

However, despite the advent of tech rage, the survey showed most people were receptive to the benefits of modern technology.

Of the survey's participants, almost all said technology had made their lives better in some way.

The survey found there was also widespread usage and appreciation of technology in making bill payment and banking easier. Respondents were increasingly using MP3 players and pocket PCs.

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