Average Brit wastes 192 hours Of Time Every YearTweet
Avoidable tech troubles, time spent waiting for deliveries, and queuing feature as prime culprits
12 August 2013, UK – A staggering 192 hours is being squandered by the average British person each year thanks to unnecessary time wasting, according to a new study by computer upgrade retailer Crucial.com. Queuing, being left on hold, waiting for deliveries, and watching a slow computer boot up were among the top culprits sapping respondent’s precious free time. Waiting for workmen to show up and public transport delays were also identified as common time wasters.
All this time wasting has consequences. The estimated financial cost is an eye watering £4,800 each year3, with those surveyed complaining of having their time wasted at least three times a week. Furthermore, two thirds of respondents admitted to being left utterly frustrated by wasted time, with 10% stating that the issue left them with feelings of depression.
Whilst the research suggests that most of this wasted time could be avoided, it also reveals that people are not doing enough to make this happen. A clear example is the ‘Boot up Bother’ issue. While over a third of respondents identified computer boot ups and shut downs as time sinks, only a fraction had actually looked into doing something about it. Only a quarter of those surveyed knew that a computer memory upgrade would improve the speed of their machine, and in many cases, prevent the need to spend more money on a brand new computer.
To reduce the time you waste waiting for a slow computer, find a memory upgrade or compatible SSD, fully guaranteed to fit your system, at www.crucial.com/uk.
So much time in our lives is invested in waiting for things, The British sense of 'correctness' means that things are expected to happen in a certain way, at a certain time. When that doesn't happen, we become frustrated because of our own lack of anticipation, especially if waiting for things such as computers to turn on, or if a queue is longer than expected
Jo Hemmings, behavioural psychologist
Most people in the UK lead busy lives and don't need their precious time wasted. Although many activities which cause this problem are genuinely unavoidable, a simple memory or SSD upgrade can radically alter a slow computer. Installing a memory upgrade or SSD is really easy and takes just a few minutes with no expertise required. A slow computer really shouldn?t be allowed to waste our time
Roddy McLean, a computer upgrade specialist from Crucial.com