Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Seven tips to overcome techno-stress

Feeling a bit stressed?  Computer not cooperating today.  Lost an hour of work when there was a power cut?

You can pull out a gun (or use your chair) and vent your rage on the computer. Or you can take a few minutes to unwind, and put together this jigsaw puzzle.

Have you ever felt like the man in the jigsaw puzzle or the lady with the gun? Apparently it is quite natural to experience various levels of techno-stress and frustration with technology.

In this article, there are seven tips to overcome techno-stress.  Which tips do you already use successfully?  Is there one particularly good tip that you would recommend to a friend?  Is there a tip that you think you would like to add to your arsenal of techniques to manage techno-stress?

Leave a comment, and if you have any other tips, please share the wealth of your experience.

15 comments:

  1. Well, i use the tip being prepared already but still sometimes i get frustrated with the computer difficulties. I would recommend the back-up often tip to most of my friends. Keep it comfy and practice stress management tips that i would like to add to my arsenal of techniques to manage techno-stress.

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    1. You mention a good tip about backing up. To be honest, I was never very good at this. Now, most of my cyber-existence is recorded in the 'cloud' and I have very little on my actual computer. What about you? Do you trust the 'cloud' to keep a back up for you?

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  2. I think these 7 tips on handling computer stress and frustration will help me to feel more relaxed when I'm faced with a problem.I have never heard about the websites that can help us to solve the problem and it will make our feelings better towards the computer.Generally when I have a problem with computer I try to get help from a knowledgeable person about computer.I ask people around me to solve. I have a tip about feeling relaxed, I just close it and leave it to a knowledgeable person after I do some research about finding the solution.I think getting reliable help is very useful one.

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    1. It is really valuable to know that you are not alone and that there is someone you can turn to for help. Nowadays, I often just type the problem into GOOGLE and it will often lead me to the answer-recorded by some kind soul I have never met. Have you ever got help to solve a problem from someone on the Internet that you have never met face-to-face?

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  3. Among the 7 practical tips, up to this point I think I grasped how to get the easy answers and in a way how to keep it comfy. All 7 tips are important in keeping the possible frustration towards the computers down however I would first and foremost recommend my friend to practice the stress management, as computer problems get on someone's nerves very quickly and human mind becomes more relaxed and productive after staying away from problems, including computer mishaps. In future, when I have deeper understanding of technical aspects of my computer I would definitely want to invest in best softwares and hardwares for my computer

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    1. One of my uncle used to always say, "You have to be rich to buy cheap." :) I think this is especially good advice when it comes to technology. People buy cheap PC clones because they can't afford a Macintosh computer, but the end up spending a lot of time tinkering or trying to fix problems. Have you had an experience when you bought a piece of technology because it was cheap, and then lived to regret it?

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  4. I frequently face problems while using technology. The 7 steps that are given at the site of About.com are very effective ways and I apply some of them in order to get rid of stress.For example, in order to deal with a problem, I am usually prepared to solve problem about techonlogy. And also, in order to find whatever I want , ı look for easy answers or ways.Moreover, when I face a problem that I can't solve I immediately write it to the blogs and look for a reliable help.In addition, when I become bored or frustated about using techonology, I go out, take a deep breath and try to forget the problem and also I exercise sometimes to relax myself.

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    1. I like your final solution...just get up and walk away from it all. In fact, this works quite often for most problems in life. :) Problems that seem huge or insurmountable late a night often seem quite small and trival after a good night's sleep.

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  5. Actually, I am impressed with the all 7 tips.The way they explained simply and shortly is very beneficial for the readers. While I was reading the tips one by one ,I realized that they are quite useful for the technology users who face with techno-stress.When I face with any techno-stress while I am trying to do something and a problem came up I always do practise -stress management, it is quite calming in my view and an easy one.On the other hand, I would definetly recommend Get reliable help tip to my all friends because it is useful and needed one to be aware.When I would managed to develop my self in technical aspects I would definetly want to add invest in best tip into my arsenal techniques.

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    1. Very good advice...in English we say "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure". Always trying to keep yourself up-to-date with the technology can allow you to maintain momentum and avoid stress. I found this to be the case with FaceBook - I was an occasional user for a long time, and I found it very stressful to return to the site after a month or two because everything had changed in the interim. Likewise, I find it very stressful to try to use WORD 2010 after learning and using WORD 2003 for many years.

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  6. I have already used "Get-Easy-Answers" tip when something challenging comes up because it gives us information and support. In addition; I would recommend "Get Reliable Help" tip to all my friends because it supplies us a reliable help which we can count on. In my future arsenal techniques, I think I would use "Invest in Best" tip due to its benefits in the view of developing my technology techniques in a better way.

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    1. Ilyada had similar sentiments about the value of asking friends for help, and Nil also recommended investing in the best.

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  7. I've already use 'keep it comfy' and 'practice stress management' tips to handle with techno-stress. They are quite helpful in terms of calming down and thinking effectively. I would like to recommend my friends 'invest in the best' tip because the quality of the computer has an important role on facing with challenges. If you have a high quality computer, then you do not face with so many technological problems. Additionally, 'back up often' is the tip that I would like to add to my arsenal of techniques to manage techno-stress in order not to lose any of my works.

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  8. I've already use 'keep it comfy' and 'practice stress management' tips to handle with techno-stress. They are quite helpful in terms of calming down and thinking effectively. I would like to recommend my friends 'invest in the best' tip because the quality of the computer has an important role on facing with challenges. If you have a high quality computer, then you do not face with so many technological problems. Additionally, 'back up often' is the tip that I would like to add to my arsenal of techniques to manage techno-stress in order not to lose any of my works.

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  9. It seems that these 7 tips on handling computer stress and frustration appealed me. What usually I try to do first is to sign in all my accounts before the lesson starts so that I will be able to fix my problem before the lesson starts while I still have time before it starts. Three of the tips which are the most appealing tips for me are "Keep It Comfy", "Back Up--Often" & "Practice Stress Management". I think the last item "practicing the stress management" sounds more familiar to me rather than the former ones although I try to apply them time to time. I think all of the tips are useful tips but the ones that I selected, I think will provide me an immediate help rather than;for example, getting easy answer by visiting some sites related to my frustration. If I imagine myself in the classroom setting this type of help can be the loose of time for me as it requires for me to first analyze what is my problem and then get help whereas the three of them that I specified above seems more manual and immediate help that can provide me an immediate solution for my stress and frustrations.

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