It might seem like a ridiculous implication, but the truth remains that our excessive exposure to technology has some undesirable repercussions. While it is possible to contract these illnesses or syndromes in a more conventional matter, it is far more likely to develop with prolonged use of technology.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
A chronic pain or weakness in one’s wrist, usually prevalent in those with diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid dysfunction or trauma to the wrist. Jobs that may incur this kind of injury is one that involves repetitive moment, such as manufacturing, assembly line work, construction work or keyboarding occupations. In the 21st century, another job should be added to this list, which is gaming.
Technology has caught on with the massive influx of gamers who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome and have invented the ergonomic mouse that imitates the hand’s natural resting position rather than straining your forearms to keep your palms flat over the keyboard or traditional mouse. A popular gaming platform, Steam, has a carpal tunnel prevention alert that notifies gamers to get up and stretch every once in a while.
Being bent over for prolonged periods is never good for our spine but current trends encourage it. Those with a desk job were most at risk, but now even those that are on their tablets or smartphones excessively, might also develop “computer posture“. Aside from back pain, it might cause brittleness in older bones or scoliosis in adolescents.
It is important to maintain a good posture as it determines if your body will continue running in good order and as it affects everything from your mental health to your digestion, among other things.
- Digestive System
It is very likely that more and more have visited a gastroenterologist as compared to previous generations. This is due to our sedentary lifestyle and the tendency to make ourselves as comfortable as possible while exerting the least amount of effort, even if it means being curled up or hunched over in an unnatural position. Aside from practising bad posture in front of the television or with an electronic device in our hands, we also eat in front of a screen.
Research shows that distracted eating is one of the leading causes in digestive problems, causing heart burn and weight gain.
- Loss of Vision
Due to the popularity of a Chinese game, Honour of Kings which also goes by King of Glory or Arena of Valour, they have incorporated a restriction on how long users are able to play. However, this has not stopped addicted gamers to create new accounts in attempt to bypass the restriction. Earlier this year, a girl went partially blind after playing it for 24 hours. Retinal artery occlusion was what claimed her vision. The condition is highly irreversible and is caused by lying down and staring at a small screen over a substantial amount of time or eye strain. Conventional causes include high blood pressure, diabetes, atheroma or inflammatory conditions.
Now, as the saying goes, it is better to be safe than sorry. Taking a break from electronics will do wonders for your mental being and general health. Incorporating a physical routine into one’s lifestyle could drastically decrease the chances of developing one of the conditions described above. Otherwise, necessary precautions should be taken such as frequent low impact exercises for the wrist to avoid carpal tunnel syndrome or a fixed diet to combat any gastronomic complications from arising.
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