MILPITAS, Calif. -- A global study of more than 8,000 computer and smartphone users found that the average American has lost almost 5 days of free time due to slow performance in the past 12 months.

The study was conducted by a Calif. company called SanDisk to help determine how poor computer performance affects users. It looked at everything from pages that load at a snail's pace, to computer glitches and sluggish apps. (See infographic at bottom of this page.)

Of the people surveyed, 14 percent said they have become so upset that they stomped on or threw a gadget against a wall in frustration.

Using technology shouldn t result in frayed tempers and loss of sleep. These are fixable problems with straightforward solutions, said Wendy Vlieks of SanDisk.

Researchers found that 53 percent blamed their angst on a laptop or desktop while 22 percent connected it to their mobile phone.

Also 27 percent of those surveyed said they have actually lost sleep because of the stress of slow performance. All but 2 percent of those people said it put them in a bad mood for the rest of the day.

And just in case you were wondering what the study learned about people in other countries, it seems that Italians and Germans surveyed had the hottest tempers. They admitted being even more apt to pummel the device in retaliation.

SanDisk is a flash memory firm and like any good marketing spin, it had it's own recommendations for a solution to the stress, too.

Replacing a PC or laptop s traditional hard disk drive with a solid state drive can help speed everything up, Vlieks said.

More than half of the Americans surveyed said if they could get those lost five days back, they would use it to spend more time with their family. The French agreed.

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