Mouse Rage

 - Dec 21, 2006
References: eetimes
A study out of the UK is showing that poorly designed websites can negatively affect cardio functions, and the immune and nervous systems. This phenomenon known as "Mouse Rage" is identifiable by "a quickening of the heart, profuse sweating, and furious clicking and bashing of the mouse," according to the Inquirer of the UK.

In the study, the Social Issues Research Centre made study participants use a 'Google-style', well designed, fast website. Study respondents then had to browse "crazy graphics and slow-loading pages." Though a small % of participants remained calm, others "showed very distinct signs of stress and anxiety," according to the study. The report also stated "some changes in muscle tension were quite dramatic .While this was happening, the participants faces also tensed visibly, with the teeth clenched together and the muscles around the mouth becoming taught. These are physically uncomfortable situations that reduce concentration and increase feelings of anger."