Monday, July 23, 2012

TOO MUCH TIME ON-LINE CREATES REAL WORLD HEALTH ISSUES

 Swedish researchers have released some troubling  research which you might find disturbing if you are a power user when it comes to computer, celular phone and messaging usage.

Living in a cyber world may cause you some very serious real world problems.

The study of more than 4,100 men and women in their early 20s  found those heavy users were prone to depression, sleeping disorders, and stress.

Lead author,  Sara Thomee, says “High quantitative use was a central link between computer use and stress, sleep disturbances, and depression, described by the young adults,”

From personal experience, I spend 8 hours a day in front of a computer at my day job, four more  hours a more most evenings and an hour, or so, checking personal email and blogging.  My biggest complaint is bad ergonomics which has led to more regular visits to my physiotherapist.

 The study found a correlation between stress and always being available on the phone. This does not surprise me at all. When I resigned as Director of Policy & Operations (Chief Of Staff) in the Opposition Office, I swore that I would never take a job again that demanded being connected via e-mail and cellular phone 24/7. The stress level of not carrying a phone is liberating.

“She also found that gaming for relaxation may have some side effects. "Daily computer gaming for 1–2 hours meant an increased risk for symptoms of depression in the women,” the study found. “Often using the computer late at 48 night (and consequently losing sleep) was a prospective risk factor for stress and sleep disturbances, including reduced performance, in both sexes.”

The study, "ICT use and mental health in young adults. Effects of computer and mobile phone use
on stress, sleep disturbances, and symptoms of depression"
,  is available via the link to University of Gothenburg above.

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