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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Can too much Internet be bad for you?

    There have been so many studies done that have suggested too much internet use can be harmful to a person's overall health. Many doctors have concluded that extended use of computer monitors might cause eye problems, and might also have an effect on the central nervous system. All of these studies have made me come to wonder how accurate all of this information is. The reason I am saying this is that one day one group of researcher comes out with one set of data proclaiming that certain data generated from his study signifies that certain things are harmful/bad. Then sometime later, some other concludes just the opposite.

    Since I work from home and at times spend many hours in front of the computer, this type of information had me a bit worried. I seriously doubt that the internet can be bad for you if used wisely. It would really stink if it actually was harmful for me in any manner sine I spend minimum three to four hours a day on the internet. I don't think that any study would convince me that what I am doing is bad for my health. I have learned a lot from the internet and I am not willing to give it up just now. One point which I can think of is obesity which is one of the risks that Internet can bring. The only solution I can think of for this problem is that before you go in front of your computer is to walk for at least 30 minutes every morning or do a bit of warm up exercise to burn those unwanted calories and keep your body flexible. The other problem which comes to mind is eye strain from extended use. The only solution I can think of for this is to take regular breaks every so often and do a few eye exercises.
    Also, eat nutritious foods especially foods that are good for the eyes. And hydrate yourself with plenty of water every day. Some people have suggested that the Carpal syndrome has increased manifold, but this problem has always been around and the net use just cannot be blamed for this problem. But, one thing which troubles me is that people have become less social than before.

    Just like everything in life, anything in excess can be bad for your health. In the case of the internet, excess use of the internet might be bad for the user's health in some way as the user spend more time sitting down and in front of a screen rather than moving around. Not only does the user put a strain on his eye sight, it also reduces the likelihood of him going out to the gym and exercise. Some reports have even claimed that the radiation emitted from the CPU or monitors can increase chances of people contracting cancer. I guess the main point I am trying to get at is to use the internet in moderation. Don't forget about stepping out and having a healthy life which includes a lot of social activities! Nurture the body and mind and you will become healthier and mentally alert. Your body and mind will thank you for it.

      1 Comment:

      Michael Edson, MS, L.Ac. said...

      There actually have been studies showing that computer users blink less frequently when working on the computer.

      Our eyes and vision were designed for viewing distance as hunters and gatherers, and not for ongoing near work as required by regular computer use. As a result, Computer Eye Strain is becoming one of the major eye complaints heard by eye doctors today.

      Symptoms can include increased myopia, blurred vision, headaches, slow refocusing, difficulty concentrating, neck, shoulder and back pain

      Eye strain can be reduced significantly by taking regular breaks from the computer, resting your eyes, stretching and doing eye exercises.

      For a demo of 3 great eye exercises by Dr. Grossman, one of the Country's leading behavioral optometrists, go to

      Dr. Grossman also offers his free eye exercise booklet at his website at Natural Eye Care Free Eye Exercises with his 11 favorite eye exercises and acupressure eye points to massage regularly.

      Finally, there is also an excellent section at his website on "Computer Eye Strain" under "Eye Diseases" that provides a Computer Eye Strain “Self-Help“ section with great tips of relieving eyestrain due to computer use.

      For more information, go to Natural Eye Care for Computer Eye Strain