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Online shopping keeps Americans from losing their tempers, survey says

Technically Incorrect: So many pressures. So many expectations. So much hassle. It's not surprising that online shopping provides a cocoon of sanity.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.

This is annoying to many Americans.

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We have come to that time again, the one where we must be happy and show our happiness by buying lots of things.

Even before Thanksgiving, Christmas decorations are adorning our favorite discount stores. Christmas music is reminding us that we must all be faithful to the idea of spending money to make our loved ones love us.

This is where the problems begin -- at least according to a new survey. It says that 28 percent of Americans are driven doolally by Christmas music and decor before Thanksgiving.

Could it be that this knowledge -- this fear of spitting blood -- is driving more Americans to shop online? This survey suggests that 73 percent of Americans credit online shopping with dampening their frustrations.

Yes, you might get pictures of Christmas trees and tinsel online. But you can mute the music and go straight to product recommendations -- such as this very fine list from CNET.

Even in the festive season, I'm skeptical about the sponsors of such surveys. You'll be moved to paralysis when I tell you it was Soasta. (Pronounced like "Toaster.") This company exists in order to ensure that websites and mobile apps perform swiftly and don't make users throw their gadgets at the nearest angel atop a tree.

Some relief does emerge from this survey of 2,018 adults, performed November 5-9. For example, there are even more annoying things than Christmas music at Target.

There's traffic and parking, long lines at stores, crowds in general and the pesky possibility that, having gone all the way to the store, it won't have the remote-controlled panda your kids are craving. These respondents all pointed to such realities as making them the most annoyed.

By contrast, online and mobile shopping can be done in bed, servants in uniforms will deliver your goods, and you can even do your what-to-buy research in places like the car wash or church.

It all seems so obvious these days. Indeed, it's a wonder anyone bothers to leave their house on a Thanksgiving evening in order to fight their fellow man or woman for a slightly cheaper PS4.

Still, 57 percent of those surveyed said the inefficient performance of their Web or mobile experience made them mad too. In America, we get mad about so many things.

May your own Thanksgiving be entirely free of rancor -- be it at home or in some freezing Walmart parking lot.