The Negative Effects Of Computers

Needless to say, computers have their place. The focus of this article is on the negative effects they have on our quality of life. To keep it really clear, I will talk about the negative effects on two levels, that is physical and mental.

The negative effects computers have on a physical level are quite easy to understand and accept, as valid and true; while the negative effects on a mental level, are harder to grasp and much more difficult to accept. Why do you think that is the case? Take a moment to think about it...

Just because new computer devices are pumped out on the market in a steady stream, doesn't mean you have to take them on. In other words, if you won't have much use of the gadget, what is the point of buying it?

The companies that make computers, smartphones and other gadgets invest enormous resources in designing them to appeal to the senses. That includes the look and feel of the product, as well as the flashy graphics and sounds it produces. This, is what makes it so hard to resist these gadgets, even though you may not have any use of them.

That brings us to how computers effect us mentally.

On A Mental Level

Ironically, I'm writing this post on a laptop and you are reading it on a device. So, what is the problem of using computers?

For one, are you a slave to computers? Are you addicted to being online every moment of the day? Do you identify yourself with your gadgets?

What do you do when you feel restless and bored? Do you play with your smartphone and computer? Most people do. It's a way to kill time and temporarily suppress restlessness and boredom. What is more, it's accepted by society, it's even considered trendy. How silly.

So, what happens when you say, "Yes," to new gadgets? Is there a risk that you take on too many of them? Does using computers make your life more fulfilling, or does it make you impatient and jaded?

The answer to the questions is that spending too much time with computers has a very negative effect on your mental state. As you already know, after a while it's not fun anymore. Still, you continue because you are restless and bored. You tell yourself that you have to do something. Even worse, being connected every minute of the day is a huge distraction and stress generator.

Do you resist what I have to say? That is quite likely. Do I challenge your identity? That is possible too.

There is a call for moderation. Too much of anything is not good for you.

We attach to the gadgets, they become a central part of our lives. Not unlike a kid, you don't want anyone to take your toy away from you.

Moderation is the key to good health and wellbeing. It's simple, the more the gadgets are switched off, the higher your quality of life and the more you enjoy using them. I encourage you to try it out.

As a result of the digital age, we spend more time in front of computer screens and less time with other people. This is not how you cultivate wellbeing. Again, exercise moderation.

How would you feel if you were at a restaurant with a friend, and she spent most of the time texting on her smartphone? I would feel ignored. This, is a great example of the negative effects computers have on our quality of life.

Let me share how I engage with computer gadgets. As you already know, I run a website which involves spending a lot of time by the computer. In order to get things done, I often work offline. That is, without being connected to the internet, which is a huge distraction. Some days, I don't switch on the computer at all. Other days, I limit the time.

When it comes to smartphones, I don't want one. The screen is too small for work and I'm not interested in playing with it.

On the other hand, I have a basic mobile phone which is switched off most of the time. I prefer not to be disturbed while working, and when I'm with family and friends. If someone wants to get in touch with me, they can send a sms or email and I will get back to them when it suits me. As you can see, I'm selective of what gadgets I take on and give high priority to a simple, stress-free lifestyle.

To me, that is quality of life.

Do you think I'm coming on too strong, am I being extreme? Well, this is my message and the reason for covering this topic. Perhaps, it's exactly what you need to read.

Now, let's take a look at how these gadgets effect us physically.

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On A Physical Level

Is the radiation from mobile phones and the mobile phone towers harmful to health? Is the radiation particularly adverse to young children? I don't know, but we should be aware of the risks.

You can easily minimize the risks by using headphones, instead of pressing the phone against your ear. The other thing is to limit the length of the calls. How much do you care about your health, enough to minimize your exposure to the potentially harmful radio waves?

After hours of staring at the computer screen, the eyes get strained; the neck, shoulders and back get tense; the wrists become sore and the legs stiff, you may even get a headache. Likewise, excessive texting makes for sore thumbs.

To ease the strain on your eyes, I suggest you increase the size of the text somewhat and frequently look at something in the distance. Also take regular breaks and do some stretching.

When I grew up, we spent a lot of time playing and exercising outdoors. At my junior high school, very few pupils and teachers were overweight, leave alone obese. These days, we tend to vegetate indoors in front of our computers; as a result, more children and adults are overweight, even obese. That alone, is reason enough to limit the time you spend with your gadgets.

Reflect on how you can improve your quality of life by making adjustments to your lifestyle. Be really honest with yourself. Opt for less stress, healthier food, more exercise and less computer time.

Best of luck!

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