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Using Computers Too Much
Using computers too much can be hazardous for your health say experts. With the use of computers becoming more frequent in our daily lives, maybe we should start to be concerned about using computers too much. It is estimated that the average person spends six to eight hours a day on the computer, depending on their job or age. Using computers ‘too much’ all depends on how the person is using their computer. Someone who takes regular breaks to stretch and look away from the screen is not at much risk.
Using computers too much can be the cause of:
- Decreasing eyesight – Looking at a screen for too long can cause loss of vision, when using a computer it is recommended to look away from the screen periodically and stare at something far away to re-adjust your eyes.
- Muscle weakening – Due to the nature of using computers too much, your muscles can become effected. This is due to lack of use of main body muscles. When using computers people generally use muscles in their hands and wrists. If a person is using a computer all day then they may be seriously lacking in proper exercise and all day computer use combined with sleep can seriously reduce the strength of bodily muscles.
- RSI (repetitive strain injury) – Using computers too much can lead to RSI due to the same muscles being used over and over. RSI is common in other professions such as builders or musicians. Symptoms of RSI include:
- Short bursts of excruciating pain
- The pain is worse with activity.
- Weakness or lack of endurance.
- Mental side effects – Using computers too much can affect how we interact socially in a negative way due to lack of social interaction. There are however social chat programs and web pages but unfortunately these are still very different from face to face interaction.
- Back Problems – Sitting with good posture and in a comfortable chair is very important when using a computer. Proper posture involves sitting upright and not hunched over the desk. Back problems may not be noticeable at first, but over time can slowly develop. Unfortunately by the time a back problem is noticed, it is often too late and can become an issue some people have to deal with for the rest of their lives.
Using computers too much should be a concern for everyone, but it is down to the individual as to what constitutes to ‘too much’. If proper steps are taken to avoid injuries such a RSI, using computers need not be something we should be worried about. Additionally if your work involves the use of a computer your employer is obliged to ensure proper health and safety requirements are met. It is important to know your rights and not to suffer in silence; it is not worth the loss of your physical health.