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Not OK Computer - techno-health feature

Not OK Computer - techno-health feature

Issue 61 October 2009

Along with the advance of technology comes a host of techno-health complaints. Anam Oosman looks at how computers aren’t the only ones to complain of a virus.

With the dawn of the computer age and the birth of the internet in the 1960s, computer use has been revolutionised and it is evident that the web has certainly had a profound impact on our society. The internet trend seems to be one that will never die down as the possibilities of internet use are endless. From social networking sites, booking holidays, online shopping and banking to searching for almost anything imaginable, there is no doubt that the internet will continue to add to its plethora of possibilities. But could all this ‘surfing’ have an effect on our health? Sitting for long periods of time at your desk can leave you with an aching back. Staring at your computer for hours on end can damage your eyesight. And all that excessive typing can leave you with stiff fingers and a pain in your wrist. Back pain, Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) and Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) are the most common health problems that affect people who use computers excessively. Let’s monitor it more closely.


Internet Addiction 

Shutdown on Strain

Pain in the Back


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