Health Concerns of Using Technology
The widespread use of technology has led to some important user concerns. Two of the more common physical health concerns are repetitive strain injuries and hearing loss. These conditions are on the rise for users of technology.
A repetitive strain injury (RSI) is an injury or disorder of the muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, and joints. Technology-related RSIs include tendonitis of the wrist and carpal tunnel syndrome. Symptoms of tendonitis of the wrist include extreme pain that extends from the forearm to the hand, along with tingling in the fingers. Symptoms of CTS include burning pain in the hand, along with numbness and tingling in the thumb and first two fingers. Factors that can cause these disorders include prolonged typing or mouse usage and continual shifting between a mouse and keyboard. Taking frequent breaks and exercising the hands and arms can help reduce chances of developing these repetitive strain injuries.
People often listen to sounds from their computers or mobile devices through headphones or earbuds. Headphones cover or are placed outside of the ear, whereas earbuds rest inside the ear canal. With these listening devices, only the individual wearing the device hears the sound. By using high-quality listening devices that provide a close fit and include noise-cancelling technology, users can lower the volume level on these devices. Lower volumes can help to minimize potential hearing loss.
Physical conditions associated with using technology include tendonitis of the wrist, carpal tunnel syndrome, and hearing loss. Users should take as many preventative measures as possible to avoid these conditions.