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Modern technology is designed to alleviate the stress associated with menial tasks and make life easier! But these machines can actually instigate new forms aggravation that may lead to health issues among general users.

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First world problems, right?

Hardware that is difficult for average people to comprehend can result in the deterioration of collective productivity. There are several ways that these advanced electronics lead to an overall sense of societal frustration; this guide outlines how to handle the most common qualms being experienced due to the rampant presence of computerized gadgetry.

Data Loss
Malfunctioning systems have a devious tendency to delete important files. Coping with the loss of major work can be challenging. The easiest solution is to impulsively back up data in advance. This ensures that the bulk of a crucial project will not be lost. People that are unlucky enough to lose their entire project can attest that it is a devastating experience. This in itself is enough to raise anyone’s blood pressure.

I had this happen to me several times while in college in Salt Lake City. Unfortunately, Google Drive was not in existence at the time and so I saved most of my assignments in either Microsoft Word or Excel. More times than I care to remember, I lost precious assignments. Along with increasing my blood pressure came frustration and anger.

Nothing is more difficult than recovering from 2-3 hours of lost work. It can be enough stress to ruin your library study session, as it did a few times in those fateful college nights. Nowadays, you can take advantage of the cloud and keep backups on services like Google Drive and Dropbox. Because these systems automatically save your work as you go, there will be no more hours of headaches trying to recover lost data.

Network Failure
An inability to connect to the internet can be incredibly frustrating. Wireless networks are typically outfitted with complex security interfaces. This can make it difficult for an average computer user to log on. Many merchant companies have opted to use more cloud-oriented services, which always poses risk of network failure. At least it virtually eliminates data loss, but it still can be frustrating. Maintaining a calm attitude can get anyone through the process. If this happens, I advise you to take a break for a few minutes. Walk outside, breathe some fresh air and give yourself a chance to calm down.

I had a tough time with this as recently as last year. You see, when you are a digital nomad traveling the coastlines of Central America and relying on poor network infrastructures for your internet coverage, you can have a few temper tantrums. Luckily, there are decent solutions for this as well, including new mobile hot-spots that are 90% reliable. While traveling was a stress reliever, it did not always end up that way.

Input Errors
A common error is for systems to lose their capacity to recognize basic commands. While there are many sources for this problem, there are not many solutions. This exacerbates a difficulty that computers were meant to remedy. Sometimes, it really is better to do littler tasks by hand. This will eliminate any aggravations caused by technological incongruence. However, this is geek central and might be better to get someone with IT experience.

In other words, outsource these devilish tasks. It may cost more money, but it may save hours of headaches and frustration.

Complex Coding
According to the University of Montana, inaccessible interfaces alienate the common worker. Extremely complex software should be eschewed for a simple mainframe that everyone can understand. Anyone prone to technological frustration should invest in simplified systems at every given opportunity. If you are new to the coding world, but still want to have your own websites, there are simple Wordpress sites that still are cost-effective and play into Google's algorithm that don't require much code at all.

Excessive Visual Stimulation
The National Federation for the Blind has declared that excessive intake of information through computer screens can severely damage the eyes. Furthermore, the audio-video cortex of the brain can become addicted to the electronic stimulation. This can make for unpredictably volatile mood swings with no traceable origin.

This takes me back to my high school days where I would spend my entire Christmas break playing Age of Empires on my computer. The volatile mood swings came into play when my Mom would ask me to do my chores when I was in the middle of the game. I thought my poor attitude was because I was addicted to Age of Empires, but now I can see it was also a bad case of excessive visual stimulation.

Hacking and Malware
Computers are also susceptible to cyber-attacks that debilitate core functionality while potentially stealing personal information. The mere act of visiting a harmful website without firewall protection can completely crash a system. Dealing with this situation requires ample patience; again, the only surefire safeguard is a back-up kept in a separate location. In the meantime, always acquire up-to-date security software to prevent a seriously disruptive scenario.

As you can see, while most of our technology today indeed makes things easier, it can also be harmful to your health. The important key is learning to relax. Keeping projects in perspective is also important. Most of all, knowing when to incorporate professionals in to the job will help to decrease your stress levels and get the job done.



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