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Prolonged computer usage can seriously damage your health. The risks can be reduced or eliminated with proper setup and good working habits.

Prolonged computer usage can seriously damage your health. The risks can be reduced or eliminated with proper setup and good working habits.

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  • Computing & Health Risks of prolonged computer usage and prevention tips
  • !Intensive computer usagecan seriously damage your health!
  • Back injuries account for1/3 of all workplace injuries
  • Sitting in front of a computer screen for five hours a day can dramatically increase the risk of depression and insomnia
  • 10 years ago back injurieswere associated with heavy lifting.Today they are caused by people sitting in front of computers
  • In the early 1990s the average age of workers reporting Carpal Tunnel Syndrome was late 30s to early 40s. Now it has dropped to mid-20s and even younger
  • Estimated costs to companies due to loss of productivity and compensation due to CRI is 60-100 billion dollars in the US alone
  • Reasons• Static & bad posture• Prolonged sitting & poor circulation• Repetitive moves• Looking at a screen for a long time• Office noise
  • Injuries• Back, neck, shoulder & arm pain• Tension headaches• Pain, swelling & stiffness of joints• Eyestrain & vision problems• Stress & depression• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Prevention• Optimize your workstation• Watch your posture• Take periodic breaks & stretch• Look away frequently• Use light touch when typing• Pace yourself
  • Optimal workstation setup Image Credit: HumanScale.com
  • Watch your posture Image Credit: genuineselfhelp.com
  • Take periodic breaks & stretch Image Credit: stretching.com
  • Look away frequently Image Credit: pacificprime.com
  • Use light touch when typing Image Credit: tech-pioneer.blogspot.com
  • Pace yourself Image Credit: dangerman75.blogspot.com
  • !Most of the people reading this will fail to create healthy working habits
  • Why do we fail?
  • Creating a new habit is hard
  • Why do we fail?• Lack of planning and preparation• We start too big• We don’t acknowledge our successes• We neglect to communicate• We use disruptions as an excuse to give up
  • Things to remember
  • Working at a computer cancause back, neck and shoulderpains, headache, eyestrain and overuse injuries of the upper limbs
  • The risks can be reduced or eliminated with properworkstation design, improved posture and good working habits
  • Take baby stepsand dont give up.
  • References• http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Computer_related_injuries• http://karim-ouda.blogspot.com/2012/04/computer-related-health-problems-and.html• http://www.bhj.org/journal/2004_4505_jan/html/computer_37.htm• http://www.rsiprevention.com/rsi_prevention.php• http://www.rsi-relief.com/2008/11/a-list-of-rsi-prevention-tips/• http://www.healthycomputing.com/office/setup/index.html• http://www.healthycomputing.com/health/index.html• http://www8.hp.com/us/en/hp-information/ergo/• http://www.medindia.net/patients/lifestyleandwellness/computer-related-injuries.htm• http://www.rsi-solutions.co.uk/• http://www.keytools.co.uk/rsi-stats.html• http://www.allaboutvision.com/cvs/irritated.htm• http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifehack/ten-ways-that-computer-can-ruins-your-health.html• http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/8-reasons-why-you-fail-at-creating-new-habits/• http://zenhabits.net/fail/• http://www.workrave.org/