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What does your screensaver say about you?

31st Jul 2009
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Can your screensaver make you less stressed and more productive, and does it reveal a lot about your personality? Matt Henkes investigates.

A recent study has revealed that viewing certain screensavers can help workers battle the ill effects of workplace stress and even enhance their productivity.

The research found that people who had scenic scenes on their computers were able to reduce their stress levels by up to 30%. However, there are fundamental flaws in the notion that having the right screensaver can boost productivity, as one indignant colleague pointed out.

"If I ever see my screensaver it’s because I'm returning from a meeting and have sat down to unlock it before continuing with my work," he fumed. "I'd have to fall asleep at my keyboard for it to appear in front of me." Perhaps, with that in mind, screensavers should come equipped with wake-up alarms.

Your screensaver can reveal a lot about the sort of person you are, so we’ve categorised some of the various types:

Landscapes and scenery
Many people use a picturesque landscape of the Norwegian ice fjords, the Swiss Alps or Arizona desert, but does staring out at a beautiful foreign setting from the confines of an office smack somewhat of masochism? According to the research, apparently not.


Little cuties

As one sales executive pointed out, what can be more inspirational than catching a glimpse of your young daughter to remind you why you slog your guts out day after day? Alternatively, an image of the nagging mother in-law can be great motivation for putting in those long evening hours.


Bog standard
Some people find it difficult to get into the spirit of screensavery. You will never see these people with a plant on their desk or tinsel around their computer at Christmas time. Their screensaver is merely a functional tool to prolong the life of their monitor.


Fluffy friends
They're fluffy and cuddly, and they make you feel all warm inside. How can work ever get on top of you when every time you return to your desk, a doe-eyed little bunny rabbit is staring back at you?


The great outdoors
Leaves, flowers, lilies and anything green can transport you away from your desk and into some exotic botanical garden. You'll often see artistic depictions of varying seasonal persuasion, wintery scenes or golden autumnal vistas. Very popular with green-fingered individuals and hippies.


Personal message
The marquee and its many guises can deliver a stylish, witty or offensive message to anyone walking past your desk. It can even provide an ego boost by deluding you into thinking that your computer really does think you’re 'FAB'. Alternatively, the classic 'get the hell out of my office' is always a winner.

What's your screensaver of choice and why? It doesn't matter whether it fits into these categories or not. Leave your comments below.


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By Anonymous
31st Jul 2009 11:43

Ali Landry, go figure

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By weaversmiths
31st Jul 2009 12:56

Blackie Lawless of WASP.


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By Rebecca Benneyworth
31st Jul 2009 20:18

Had to Google both
I'm afraid I couldn't recognise either.. too old (or, hopefully too young, but I think not).

Mine - if I could be bothered to change it would be.... Maybe my garden. After 15 years of doing up the house we have just started on what the estate agent coyly described as the "former garden"!!! After much ££ and many hours of personal work by hubbie we're into planting. The guys at the local Wyevale and Blooms now know us by sight. What a price! But the sound of running water outside the office and the view of just planted shrubs - too far apart now but with the thoughts of "height 4' spread 6' in mind - are just what I need.

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