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Computer Science Project 2

Health risks caused by computers

Fiorelli Lagdamen

on 12 May 2011

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Transcript of Computer Science Project 2

Computer Health Risks Obesity Addiction Eye Strain Back Problems Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Its when the user's eyes are experiencing discomfort and/or pain after constantly focused on a computer monitor for prolonged periods. Constant eye strains can lead to the development of Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). Tips on Prevention Reduce the glare! this can be accomplished by either using a anti-glare filter for your monitor or by adjusting your monitor to make it 90 degrees from any light source Use sufficient lighting! Using a computer in a pitch black room isn't a good idea.
Instead, keep the room adequately lit so that your eyes don't have to work as hard Have a break. The best way to avoid eye strain is not using them as much. You can also shift your focus from near to far so that your eyes can refocus themselves. Tips on Prevention Prolonged improper sitting position while at the computer is one of the main causes of back pain for people these days. This is because It puts additional stress on your back, which would give you bad posture, and cause discomfort. According to the American CHiropractic Association, 80% of people, or 4 out of every 5 people, will experience back pain at some point in their lives. Have a Break. Consider purchasing an ergonomic chair. Ergonomic chairs help people have proper posture while sitting at a computer while being fairly comfortable. Having good posture allows for good blood circulation throughout the body while sitting. Take breaks regularly to walk around and do some stretching. Even when you're practicing good posture while at the computer, your body may start to feel stiff if you've been sitting for too long. A condition in which the median nerve (which runs from the forearm into the hand) is pressed / squeezed at the wrist. It can become pressed due to swelling at the tunnel where the nerve enters to get into the hand. The nerve is responsible for providing feeling and movement to the hand.
Numbness and other discomforts around the wrist are the main symptoms for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Studies show that older people people are more susceptible to getting Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, as well as that it is more commonly found in women than in men. Tips on Prevention Consider purchasing an ergonomic keyboard, mouse, and wrist pad. These products can greatly reduce the stress on your wrists when using a computer by allowing the wrists to be in a natural position and at the same time be comfortable. Stretch! Whenever you have the time, give your wrists a nice stretch to avoid stiffness. It can be done before, during, and/or after computer-related activities. Have a break. Take short frequent breaks instead of one long break when giving your wrists some time to rest. A study showed that 8-18 year-olds today spend about 7 hours and 38 minutes daily with entertainment media (TV, computer, and Video games), which is over 53 hours a week. Results from numerous factors such as lack of physical exercise due to being stationary for prolonged periods of time (e.g. sitting at a computer), unhealthy eating habits and food choices, etc. Tips on Prevention Make healthy food choices. Just because you're spending a lot of time in front of a computer doesn't mean that you have to resort to eating junk food. Try some healthy snacks such as fruits and meals that are homemade. Get some sun! Have a break from the computer and take a walk around outside for a bit. Try also to maintain an excercise routine daily to stay physically fit. A term used to loosely describe one's mental state When excessive computer use interferes with their daily life. Although many awknowledge it to be a problem associated with computer use, few who do suffer from addiction actually consult professional help to deal with it. Tips on Prevention Talk to Someone about it. They could be a friend, family member, or just someone you trust. Talking to someone about it, and then having them help you get the problem will make it easier for you. Have a break. Take some time off using the computer after every hour or so as too much of something is never a good thing. Relax and see if there are any other things you can do that aren't computer-related. For more information, visit/contact:
your family doctor
Kids Help Phone (for Computer addiction) [1-800-668-6868 or KidsHelpPhone.ca]

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