As years pass by, the use of computer becomes more intense. Being born in the late 80’s, I remember using computer for the first time when I was in early grade school. That time, computer use was mostly for education and work purposes only, and even with work, there was a very slight reliance to computers. With that past of using computers, who would’ve thought that risks from it will develop over the years?
Actually, using your computer in moderation isn’t bad at all. But the problem with today’s generation is that computers and laptops have become household gadgets. Before, most of the people who buy a computer are those who really need one. Now, with the evolution of the internet and with the innovations of computer, having a personal computer or laptop has developed to be a necessity. Furthermore, laptops and computers have become more accessible and affordable these days. So this is where the problem starts. Using the computer in moderation is ok, but total reliance and attachment to it is risky to the health.
Minor complaints to be expected from too much computer usage would be muscular pains caused by too much typing and mouse moving. Any physical action done for too long and repetitively is very likely to lead to something. And with typing and controlling the mouse, the time is likely to come when you will start to feel muscular pains. Eyesight problems are also one obvious expectation from computer usage. Looking at the bright screen for too long and too near is almost certainly going to lead to poor eyesight and maybe frequent headaches. Additionally, working in front of the computer for long hours every day is also likely to cause you fatigue. When too much concentration is done by your eyes, stress can also be expected.
However, you can avoid such problems when you know enough about computer health and safety. Here are some of my tips for you:
To avoid headaches and dizziness, ensure that your screen is clear and that the graphics and texts are big enough for you to see and read. Don’t settle for an uncomfortable position; make sure you have enough space between your keyboard and your body. This will help you type and move the mouse comfortably. Sit on an adjustable chair. The chair must be adjustable vertically and horizontally. A footrest under your desk is also necessary to make your feet straight at times. Try to adjust the height of your seat in such a way that your eyesight is directly straightened towards the top of the screen
Lastly, take a break. Make sure that from time to time you stand up and take a short while to rest your body and mind from work and from using the computer. This will not only reduce the risks in computer usage, it will likewise avoid stress on your part.