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Are Internet Speeds Affecting Your Health?

By May 30, 2016May 25th, 2021Blog, Technology News

are_internet_speeds_affecting_your_healthLet’s face it, no one likes to wait. What you may not have known, however, is that your slow internet connection could be detrimental to your health. If that raises a curious eyebrow, here’s the more complete explanation:

The company Ericsson recently conducted a series of experiments in Europe, and put some solid numbers behind what we all know intuitively to be true. That waiting stresses us out. When we’re watching streaming video, and have to sit through constant video re-buffering, we don’t like it. When we pull out our smart devices to search for some or other information we need, we want to put our hands on it quickly. If a page takes too long to load, we get stressed out.

The surprise though, was just how much and how strongly these things impact us. The research found that a user’s heart rate increases 38% when using a mobile device and experience content loading delays lasting longer than two seconds. Heart rate increases further as the delay increases, up to a maximum of six seconds, where it falls off. At that point, the researchers conclude, the user has essentially given up on the task at hand, at least where that site is concerned.

In a similar vein, video re-buffering causes heart rate to increase anywhere from 19% to 34%, depending on the delay associated with the re-buffering. A two second delay between pressing play to begin watching a video and the stream actually beginning lead to an average 16% increase in heart rate, while an additional pause, once the video had begun playing let to an additional 15% increase in heart rate.

The sheer magnitude of these results underscores the importance of utilizing the fastest internet speeds available in your local market. Of course, everyone in business has long understood that speed is life, but now, we also know that slow speeds can actually have potential repercussions to long-term health.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.