Health Risks Of Every Day Technology – And How To Manage Them

Technology can be dangerous, we all know that. If you don’t believe me, then just rent Terminator 2 and then see how you feel about it.

But don’t be fooled into thinking that the only dangerous technology is the technology with liquid metal blades for arms. In fact it’s not even just the power drills and buzz-saws either. Even things that look completely harmless and that we use every single day can be quite dangerous and this is something we need to be aware of when we’re interacting with them. Because actually it’s the way that technology gradually damages our health that is likely to cause the most damage of all. Read on to find out how technology might be harming your health right now and what you can do about it.

Eye Strain

Eye strain is actually something that many people overrate when worrying about the way we’re affected by technology. Contrary to popular belief, using the computer a lot won’t cause you to need glasses overnight, as long as you’re careful.

In fact reading text off of a screen isn’t really particularly bad for you at all, particularly with today’s more impressive high resolution displays. The problem is not caused by reading the text you see, but rather by the light and glare that are on the screen.

Specifically, our eyes struggle when they are forced to adapt quickly between two amounts of brightness. So if you look at a monitor with a lot of glare on it from a window your eyes will get strained from adapting to the light constantly and trying to make out the text underneath. Likewise, if you watch a film with lots of flashing lights on a high brightness setting in a dark room, then you should anticipate that your eyes are going to start hurting. Get a glare protector, set the brightness of your monitor to match the brightness of your room, and take occasional breaks – then your eyes will be fine.

Deep Vein Thrombosis

This isn’t a problem that most of us will have to worry about, but if you suffer from poor blood pressure and you spend a lot of time with your feet scrunched up under a desk, then you might be at risk of damage caused by poor circulation.

The solution is to make sure that you don’t sit for too long and to keep moving your feet. You can get many pedals and other things that fit under your desk and allow you to move your legs occasionally while working and this can help a lot. Simply getting up once in a while and grabbing some water from the water fountain though will do the trick equally well.

Back Problems

Your back is also at risk if you are hunched over your computer, so make sure that you have your monitor and keyboards at the correct height for you to use them.

Distraction

Technology can also be a danger to our health simply because it’s distracting. If you’re constantly walking while texting on the phone or while listening to your iPod then you will be less likely to notice or hear a car coming your way. This can of course be dangerous if it leads to an accident (and no – apps that let you text on a transparent camera background won’t solve the problem), so stop multitasking and make sure you’ve stopped before you start texting.

Stress

Did you know that your smartphone can actually be a serious source of stress? You might not think of it as such, but if you’re constantly getting messages from your boss telling you about things you’ve done wrong then you can get to the point where you start to jump at every ringtone.

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This post has been authored by Nathan Skinner who is a fitness instructor by profession. He writes for Walk N Comfort, a company dealing in custom made orthopedic shoes. His hobbies include painting and calligraphy.

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