Study Reveals Time Lost to Slow Computers May Be a Barrier to Better Health

As Americans Average 2 Hours Per Week Waiting for Their Slow Computers, Experts Say Patience, Diet and Exercise Are Often Compromised Due to Lost Time

BOISE, Idaho--()--The start of a new year often provides inspiration for making positive life changes, but the best intentions often succumb to busy schedules and excuses. New research commissioned by reveals a surprising way to gain more time for improving one's personal health: fix a slow computer.

The nationwide survey, conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of in October 2013, revealed that U.S. adults who think they waste any time waste an average of 16 minutes per day waiting for their computer to load or boot up. Equating to two hours each week and four days per year lost to the wiles of a slow computer, it's no surprise that 66% of Americans say that waiting for a system they know should be faster is one of their top frustrations.

“Unquestionably, one of the biggest barriers to managing personal health is a lack of available time in our busy days. But, even 20 minutes of physical activity a day can have tremendous benefits. It’s astounding to think about the time wasted over the course of a day, week, month and year, as we wait on a machine that should make our lives easier and more efficient,” said Kathy Kaehler, author, celebrity trainer and fitness/lifestyle expert.

When asked how people would choose to spend extra time in their day, 31% of US adults said they would exercise more and 26% said they would catch up on sleep. Lack of time is also a barrier to healthy eating, as 37% said they would like to plan their meals and/or cook more, but they usually grab something fast and often unhealthy as they don’t have enough time - with 61% of men aged 18-34 agreeing with this.

“A slow computer is not only wasting valuable time that could be put towards improved health, but it is also a source of immense frustration and constant stress, two things that are never good for anyone’s health,” added Kaehler.

Still, despite not being able to find the time to exercise, nearly half (45%) of adults between the ages of 18 and 34 admit that waiting for a slow computer leaves them feeling more “drained” than a hard workout.

“If you’ve been using a computer regularly for the last decade, you might have wasted more than an entire month of time waiting for your computer to boot up, open programs, shut down, or perform tasks that are normally quick and simple,” says Roddy McLean, marketing director at “But, just as our personal health changes as we age, computers also slow down and struggle with some tasks as they get older. Unresponsiveness, low memory warnings, display problems, trouble starting and system crashes are not only typical causes of user frustration and stress, but are also warning signs that a computer’s health is ailing and might need rejuvenation in the form of a memory upgrade.”

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*Survey Methodology

This survey was conducted online within the United States between October 14-16, 2013 among 2,025 adults aged 18 and older, by Harris Interactive via its QuickQuery omnibus product. Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. For complete survey methodology, please contact Will Ostedt at

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Release Summary

U.S. adults who think they waste any time waste an average of 16 minutes per day waiting for their computer to load or boot up.


The Pollack PR Marketing Group
Will Ostedt/Stefan Pollack