Technology makes our lives easier but can also cause health problems. This article will discuss the diseases caused by technology, including carpal tunnel syndrome, computer vision syndrome (CVS), repetitive strain injuries (RSIs), dry eyes and text neck.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition in which the median nerve is compressed as it passes through the wrist. It causes numbness, tingling and pain in the hand, especially at night.
Prevention includes taking frequent breaks from typing or using a computer mouse (for example, every 20 minutes), using ergonomic keyboards and mice that are designed to reduce stress on your hands and wrists; stretching your hands frequently, and practising good posture with your wrists straightened when you’re sitting at a desk for long periods.
Treatment may include wearing a wrist brace or splint if you have mild symptoms that don’t improve with other treatments or if they worsen over time (they’re not usually used after surgery). More severe cases may require surgery.
Computer vision syndrome is a set of eye and vision problems during extended computer work. Symptoms include headaches, blurred vision, double vision and neck pain.
It can be prevented by taking frequent breaks from computer use and adjusting your monitor’s brightness and contrast levels. If you already have computer vision syndrome symptoms, you should see an eye doctor immediately to get treatment. Treatments include eyeglasses, eye exercises and antihistamines (for allergy symptoms).
Repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) are a broad category of overuse injuries caused by repetitive motions or forceful exertions. These injuries can affect different body areas, including tendons, joints, muscles and nerves.
RSI symptoms include muscle pain, joint stiffness and tingling sensations in the hands or arms. You might be suffering from an RSI if you notice these symptoms after repetitive use of your hands or arms while playing video games. The good news is that there are ways to prevent RSIs from developing into chronic conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome if you take steps to reduce heavy use and injury risk during your gaming sessions.
Read more about how to avoid RSIs as well as their causes here:
Dry eyes can be caused by staring at a computer screen, using your phone or tablet, or using your computer for a long time.
If you use your computer in a poorly lit room with no windows and minimal ventilation, your eyes may feel dry and irritated after spending hours at the keyboard. The same goes for those who sit under harsh lighting conditions while using their computers (the lack of proper eye protection makes it even worse). A warm climate also increases the risk of dry eyes due to decreased humidity levels in the air around us.
Several medical conditions can be caused by technology, including:
- Text neck. Text neck is a term for the posture you take when texting. It can cause neck pain and headaches, as well as problems with your posture, which can lead to other issues like lower back pain or carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). CTS is most common among typists because they spend so much time at the computer screen and regularly position their wrists at weird angles. It causes inflammation, stiffness and pain in the wrists. To avoid CTS, take breaks from typing every 20 minutes for 5-10 minutes at a time–get up from your desk and walk around! If you have chronic pain from being hunched over all day due to sitting at work too long on a computer (or playing video games), try getting massage therapy or acupuncture once per week–this will help release tension in your muscles while promoting blood flow through them.”
The rapid development of new technology has changed how we live, work and play. Unfortunately, this can be both good and bad for our health.
Technology has changed how we communicate. When you meet someone face-to-face, you can see their expressions and body language and hear their tone of voice—all of which help you understand how they’re feeling. But if a person is just an email away or even further, it’s easy to misinterpret what they’re trying to say. This can lead to misunderstandings that can hurt relationships and make people feel alone when they’re not (such as when someone texts “I love u” but means “you’re annoying me”).
Technology has also increased the speed at which people experience stress due to instant messaging or texting while driving (which puts all drivers at risk).
As you can see, there are many ways that technology can affect the health of its users. Not only do these devices cause different types of injuries, but they also lead to a sedentary lifestyle and increase stress levels. However, let’s take care of our bodies by exercising regularly and getting enough sleep. Then, we can enjoy technology’s benefits without worrying about its negative side effects!