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Clean Out Your Computer Day facts and figures


Time wasted as result of digital clutter and slow technology:

  1. The average American adult has 1,800 digital files, according to the Consumer Electronics Association, making searching them quite a task.
  2. Executives waste six weeks each year looking for lost items and information, according to a study published in the Wall Street Journal, adding up for huge corporate operating losses.
  3. Americans waste nine million hours per day searching for misplaced items. On average, people spend a year of our lives looking for lost items, according to the National Association of Professional Organizers. Imagine the things you could do if cleaning up your computer saved some of those hours!
  4. 44 percent of home internet users say their connection failed to work properly at least once in the previous 12 months, according to Pew Research, resulting in lost time and increased frustration.

Frustration and emotional impact of digital and slow technology:

  1. In the UK, technology is above domestic relationships as a cause of stress (19 to 20 percent), according to British Association of Anger Management.
  2. 50 percent of Britons have reacted to problems with their computer by either abusing colleagues, hitting the computer, screaming, shouting or hurling parts of the PC, according to a study by British Association of Anger Management., with 25 percent of under 25s admitting to kicking their computers in PC rage.
  3. Nine in ten (90 percent) Americans admit that disorganization at home or work has a negative impact on their lives, accordingto a Kelton Research survey sponsored by OfficeMax. Their productivity (77 percent), state of mind (65 percent), motivation (53 percent ) and happiness (40 percent) are negatively affected when there is disorder. Moreover, 20 percent of Americans report that clutter also harms their relationships with other people.
  4. 80 percent of U.S. adults get frustrated waiting for their technology to load, according to a Harris Interactive study sponsored by Intel. This frustration with slow technology has been dubbed Hourglass Syndrome.
  5. Consumers spend an average of 13 minutes a day just waiting for their computer to catch up, adding up to three days of waiting and lost productivity per year.
  6. 62 percent of U.S. adults admitted to yelling or cursing out loud when their technology can’t keep up with them, while others hit their computer mouse (29 percent) or banged on their computer screen and keyboard (24 percent).
  7. More than one third of U.S. adults (35 percent) said that they missed out on something while waiting for technology, such as losing an opportunity to participate in an online sale (13 percent), or purchase airline, concert or sporting event tickets.

Business frustrations and inefficiencies caused by slower technology:

  1. 50 percent of UK workers are frustrated by the time taken to solve IT problems, according to the British Association of Anger Management.
  2. 30 percent surveyed have witnessed physical attacks on computers, while 62 percent say their colleagues regularly swear at their PCs out of frustration
  3. “Slow computers” is the most common employee complaint to IT helpdesks, according to a recent survey of 100 IT directors conducted by Vanson Bourne and sponsored by Diskeeper Corporation.
  4. “Lost passwords” ranked second and “system crashes” ranked third on list of most common employee complaints to IT.
  5. An analysis of Twitter revealed more than 1,000 tweets a month by U.K. members frustrated at their sluggish PCs.
  6. Organizations are ignoring common causes of slow computers and system crashes. E.g. more than two thirds (69 percent) of IT directors surveyed do not consider computer clean out a priority, and over half (56 percent) do not have processes in place to ensure regular PC tune-up.

Enviornmental impact of slow technology and its premature discarding:

  1. In 2007 alone more than 40 million computers were dumped, up from 20 million in 1998. On average, each computer lasted only 30 months, that short life span often attributed to the need for larger hard drive.
  2. Canada produces 200,000 tones of e-waste a year. Globally, e-waste exceeds 50 million tones.
  3. 75 percent of the 3 million computers bought in Australia every year will end up in landfills.
  4. In 2007 and 2008, 16.8 million computers in Australia reached their end of life. Of this, only 9 percent was recycled.