Do You Suffer from Hourglass Syndrome?

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Do you suffer from an illness called hourglass syndrome?

No, it has nothing to do with your silhouette. Hourglass Syndrome is a new term coined by techno-peeps to define that blind rage you feel when your computer — and you — get sidelined by slow data processing, as indicated by that dreaded hourglass icon. A recent study released by Intel shows that we waste three days a year waiting for sluggish tech items to catch up with us, whether it's a website that won't load, a funky cell signal, or a cranky DVR box. The study also shows that half of all adults polled have had uncharacteristic tempter tantrums (mouse-banging, screen-hitting, or phone-throwing, la Naomi Campbell) in response to this new type of stress and its side effects, which can include missing out on concert tickets, plum plane seat options, and eBay treasures.

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Aside from investing in faster devices, treat your Hourglass Syndrome by carrying a relaxing lavender or chamomile aromatherapy roll-on to destress on the go or use your pent-up energy to work on your real hourglass figure and do waist-whittling stomach contractions until the nagging icons disappear. At least both options are less expensive than a new keyboard!

Tell Marie Claire: Do you suffer from Hourglass Syndrome? Share your tips for relieving computer-related stress in the Comments section below!

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