70% of Spaniards feel stressed if their devices do not work properly

MADRID, March 23. (Portaltic/EP) –

80 percent of Spanish consumers associate the proper functioning of their digital devices with their well-being and 70 percent feel stressed if your devices are not working optimally.

These are some of the conclusions of a report recently carried out by CCleaner, which has carried out an ‘online’ survey in collaboration with the data analysis research company YouGov, for which 2,053 people over 18 years of age have been interviewed who live in Spain and habitually use electronic devices.

Keep clean digital devices and ordered benefits mental health and is something that Spaniards are aware of, since 80 percent of those surveyed feel satisfied and calm when their digital devices are optimized.

Despite the fact that it is a basic need in a society where technology has gained great weight in recent years, not all users of this equipment spend time cleaning it. In fact, only 37 percent of Spaniards claim to organize your devices regularly.

On the other hand, another 29 percent of those surveyed say they are aware of the need to take care of the ‘software’ of their computers, tablets and mobile phones, while 14 percent say they never find the time to optimize them.

This is one of the reasons why “psychologists have observed an increase in ‘technostress’, a phenomenon that generates stress and anxiety and that, in turn, can have a negative impact on our quality of life,” The psychologist and head of communication for Psychology and Mind, Jonathan García-Allen, has indicated during the presentation of the results of the report this Wednesday.

García-Allen has also insisted that “guaranteeing the optimization and proper functioning of the devices is a highly effective preventive strategy and easy to apply” and that users should pay more attention to how downloading files can have a negative impact on mental health.

“Having too much garbage not only opens the door to security problems, but can also negatively affect the performance of devices and, therefore, our mental well-being”, added another of the speakers, the Security Evangelist of CCleaner, Luis Corrons.


In an observation to the habits ‘online’ of users conducted by CCleaner have warned that not all consumers prioritize the digital health of their devices.

Thus, 53 percent of those surveyed admit that they rarely or never update their drivers and 39 percent admit that don’t usually change passwords of your accounts to reinforce your security.

Deleting your browsing history or cache cleaning These are other aspects studied by the ‘software’ company, which has determined in this report that only 24 percent of Spaniards confess that they almost never delete this information.

There are, in turn, other healthy digital routines, such as the management and organization of email, either from their computers or from their mobiles.

In this case, 33 percent empty their email inbox daily to reduce email volume, 76 percent delete junk files from their devices at least once a month, and 72 percent empty the recycle bin.

“Our research shows that our levels of dissatisfaction, Frustration and techno-stress increase when our devices don’t work properly and this has a detrimental effect on our general state of mind,” said Bertrand Regader, CEO of Psychology and Mind.


Optimization programs and applications, such as CCleaner, improve the performance of the devices, as well as their usability, avoiding a situation that 70 percent of the participants have recognized: feeling stressed if the devices do not work correctly.

Of all the respondents, the 39 percent say they use these tools currently and, of them, 49 percent do it to improve the performance of their mobile phones and computers, while 47 percent of them use them to avoid slowdowns.

For his part, Luis Corrons offered a series of advice so that users can keep their digital space tidy. Firstly, he has urged the deletion of all old email and social media accounts that are no longer in use.

Another recommended option is to reduce the use of tabs and documents open at the same time on computers, better known by the term ‘multitasking’. This, according to CCleaner’s Security Evangelist encourages distraction and decreases productivity.

On the other hand, it is advisable to configure the folders to store the emails that need to be kept and eliminate those that can be discarded.

It is also appropriate to dedicate a few minutes a week to unsubscribe that no longer interest or delete old emails, as well as those that are part of the ‘spam’ folder.

Likewise, it is advisable to organize the desktop, create folders with appropriate and clear names for store files and review them regularly to avoid duplication of files or to keep those that are not needed either.

Once a month, a few minutes should be devoted to uninstall apps of the mobile that have been stopped using, as well as the deletion of blurred, repeated or unidentifiable photographs to optimize the Gallery.


During this virtual meeting, the speakers have insisted on the need to pay attention to the possible problems that originate with the overexposure to devices technological.

In addition to techno-stress, the so-called FOMO Syndrome (acronym in English for ‘fear of missing something’) has been highlighted, a psychological pathology that affects, mainly, young people and that arises from the creation of a false identity and takes place in social media.

“Many people expose his alleged profile on social networks, as if they had an idyllic life, and they generate social anxiety”, commented García-Allen, who pointed out that this syndrome is characterized by being continuously connected to what other users are doing.

Another of the terms that have been exposed in this videoconference has been the nomophobia or irrational fear that users feel when they cannot be connected to the Internet and feel cut off because of it.

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