10 Health Issues Caused By Computer Use

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Computer-induced health problems can be an umbrella term for the various problems a computer user can develop from prolonged and incorrect computer use. The health problems that can arise from using computers can be generally defined as the many a computer user may experience from using computers extensively over a prolonged period of time in an inefficient manner.
  A sedentary way of life spent in front of a computer screen causes many health problems. The welcome news is that anyone could perform preventive measures to get rid of the symptoms and avoid the diseases caused by prolonged sitting and computer screen glare.

Here are 10 Health Issues Caused By Computer Use

1. Neck, Shoulder and Back Pain
These are common problems occurring due to sedentary way of life. If to investigate the background causes of neck, shoulder and back pain (sometimes even leg pain) of white-collars, poor muscle tone, sandwiched nerves, and poor blood circulation are the most widely spread ones. For example, weak spine muscles could lead to vertebral displacements, which in turn might clench nerves or blood vessels causing terrible back pain and other health issues.

2. Computer Vision Syndrome

CVS or Digital Eye Strain is not one specific eye problem. This health problem encompasses a whole range of eye strain and pain issues experienced by computer users: double vision, irritated red eyes, wet or dry eyes, etc. The symptoms mentioned could be caused by poor lighting, a digital screen glare, improper viewing distances, poor seating posture, uncorrected vision problems, a combination of the factors .

3. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the palm of the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist .
Namely, a painful progressive condition caused by the compression of a key nerve in a wrist is another health issue caused by prolonged computer use, data-entry personnel being at a great risk of acquiring it.

4. Repetitive Strain Injury
RSI is a general term used to describe the pain felt in muscles, nerves and tendons caused by repetitive movement and overuse. The condition mostly affects parts of the upper body: forearms and elbows, wrists and hands, neck and shoulders .
5. Metabolic Disorders prolonged sitting is linked to weight gain and associated biochemical changes, such as alterations in hormones, metabolic dysfunction, leptin dysfunction, and inflammation - all of which could promote cancer (Mercola, 2015).
A simple example of a relevant metabolic disorder could be explained by the following logical chain: prolonged sitting causes mushy abdominal muscles, these in turn lead to varied stomach problems triggering obesity, which prevents from proper breathing and triggers other issues.

6. Heart Diseases
Sedentary lifestyle with its lack of physical activity depresses our muscles. Weak muscles burn less fat. Relevantly, blood flows more sluggishly, allowing fat acids to clog easily the heart vessels. When our body's need for oxygen transmitted with blood is not being met, apart from minor problems (e.g. occasional arrhythmia), lethal consequences might happen (heart attack and stroke).

7. Brain Blood Circulation Loss
Our brain metabolism might dysfunction due to sedentary way of life. The brain of a healthy individual receives 15% of cardiac blood output and uses 20% of total body oxygen and 25% of total body glucose . Accordingly, blood pressure loss across cerebral circulation possibly triggered by heart diseases or other reasons of bad blood flow leads to neurotransmitters' dysfunction, which are the brain chemicals that communicate information throughout our brain and body. This imbalance can also cause headaches, affect sleep and mood, as well as cause adverse health problems.

8. Leg Degeneration
Legs might also suffer from prolonged sitting. Varicose veins and blood clots could be caused by poor blood circulation in legs. Moreover, weak bones and even hip problems could be the results of poor motion and sedentary habits. All these affect our overall sustaining power and might lead to often fractures when falling.

9. Cyber Addiction
This is a psychological disorder connected with the computer use addiction. Our cognitive abilities decrease, if every single activity is performed through the Internet: shopping, banking, socializing, etc. What is more, cyber addicted people experience a decrease in concentration and focus when doing work off the computer, which makes it very uncomfortable and even dangerous for the society they interact in.

10. Depression
Mental stresses and constant work overloads lead to depressions of the office staff. When the deadline for a project is close, it gets hard to take a break from computer work routine, which involves mental stress. If no preventive measures for improving one's spirit condition are taken, the rising depression might also cause physical harm.