Did you know that there have been a lot of new diseases and illnesses that have been discovered over the past couple of decades? And there is no wonder why that is. Today, we live in a completely different world to what people were used to fifty years ago. Sure, technology has advanced our lives in so many unique and convenient ways, but it has also brought with it some detrimental side effects. And, unfortunately, some of those side effects are linked to our health.
So, is the modern world making you sick? Even if you don’t have one of these newly discovered diseases, you may have a common condition that has simply been made worse by technology. Not sure if this relates to you? Here are some of the ways the modern world is making us sick.
Repetitive Strain Injury
Thanks to technology, a lot of us can now use the Internet and computers to make our everyday work a lot easier. However, there is one major downside to this. And that is that is can cause repetitive strain injury. What exactly is repetitive strain injury (RSI)? It is a condition that occurs when certain joints and muscles are used over and over again. Over time, the body is unable to repair the strain caused by these repetitive movements. A few decades ago, it was only factory workers who were at risk of developing RSI. All because of the heavy machinery they had to use in their jobs. However, over the past decade or so, a lot more office workers have been treated for it as they are spending longer typing on their computers.
Some studies show that the number of people being treated for depression and other mental health issues has risen quite starkly over the past ten years. No one has yet to come up with a reason why this is, but many scientists and health professionals believe that our dependence to social media has something to do with it. When we are on social media, we are continually comparing our life to the lives of others, which can’t be any good for our social media. This can lead to mental health conditions, such as bipolar disorder, to worsen. If you find yourself asking “am i bipolar?”, it is a good idea to take a break from social media and visit your doctor.
Are you sure that you are looking after your eyes enough TLC in this digital age? These days it is impossible not to stop looking at screens for a significant amount of time. That’s because computers and other screens are so prevalent in a number of different workplaces. And we use them so much in our personal lives as well! However, our eyes are not well adapted for all of this screen time. And if you end up at looking at screens for too long too often, you will find that your eyes start to get strained. This can be very uncomfortable, and it can lead to a number of eye conditions including poor eyesight. The main symptoms of eye strain are red and itchy eyes as well as headaches. The best thing you can do to protect your eyes is to rest them regularly by looking away from screens.
Using laptops and mobile phones also causes havoc for our posture. When you use a laptop, it is all too easy to end up hunched forward over the screen. A similar thing happens when we use our smartphones or tablet devices. Our shoulders always hunch over, and we end up bending over forward slightly too much. If we do this too often, it is very easy for our body to get used to this position. This results in us developing posture problems. Hunching over may not seem too bad at first, but that is probably because you are still able to correct your posture. If you end up repeating this position too often, your body will get used to it and could end up staying in that position permanently. So it is very important to try and keep a straight back with your shoulders back at all times whenever you are using a laptop, smartphone, or tablet device.
Do you always listen to your music when you are on your commute? If so, you need to make sure that the volume isn’t turned up way too loud! Otherwise, you could end up suffering from some serious hearing problems. When people listen to loud music on a regular basis, it increases their risk of developing tinnitus. This condition makes the sufferer hear a constant high-pitched ringing or buzz in their ears. There is nothing they can do to stop this noise as it is all in their head. As well as listening to loud music, people are also at risk of contracting this condition if they work in a noisy environment. However, if you do work in such an environment, your employer is legally obliged to give you ear protection. The noise occurs when the ear gets damaged from too much loud noise. Unfortunately, there is no cure for tinnitus yet. However, scientists are continually trying to find one.
Increased Chance Of Accidents
There is a lot of tech that can also increase your chance of having an accident and injuring yourself. For instance, many people now continually use their phones even when they are walking around outside. This can be dangerous if they forget to look up and end up bumping into someone or something! So it is a good idea to leave your phone safely in your bag when you are out and about. Especially if you are driving! In fact, it is now illegal to use your phone in a car while you are driving. That’s because it reduces your concentration and makes you much more likely to cause a crash. Now that virtual reality is becoming a big thing in the gaming world, it is important to make sure you are playing in a safe space. Otherwise, you may end up tripping up and injuring yourself in the fall!