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Report Confirms What We’ve Known All Along: Slow Internet Stresses You Out

Captain obvious to the rescue

If you’re reading this from the Philippines, then chances are you struggle with slow internet speeds on a daily basis. But aside from annoying the heck out of you, dealing with slow loading web pages and videos aren’t really harmful, right?

Not so, according to a report released by Ericsson. According to the study that they conducted, slow loading web pages and buffering video physically stresses you out and is comparable to the stress that you feel when watching a horror movie or solving a very hard math problem. Your heart rate increases up to 38% when you have to deal with delays with mobile content – we’re honestly surprised that no one has publicly flipped out by now because of slow internet.

While slow loading web pages are a pain in the butt, the biggest stressor by far is buffering video – the study found that a two-second buffering period in consuming video content doubles your stress levels – probably something you don’t want if you’re looking for a distraction.


John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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  1. A slow buffering P()rn video can be the most frustrating experience ever. So kids, don’t stream, just download

  2. That’s Totally True Unbox…, If we are all Witches just like those stressors in a horror movie, imagine how many cursed spells those two telcos would get per slow loading of pages, but they will not be able to read those spells entirely because the internet is soooOoo SlooOoow… oopps..! i wonder if i will be able to post this comment without getting a hypertension. inhale.. exhale…. post.

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