We live in the internet world. An average person spends at least 13 hours online every week. The internet has become so available that we can do it anywhere from work, home, while on holiday, taking a dump, etc. With the availability of portable web accessible devices such as notebooks, tablets, smartphones and even gaming consoles have made it even more attainable.
Yes, the internet is a powerful tool. It has helped millions of people make money, learn, navigate their way in a foreign land, make airline reservations, check their bank balance, make payments, etc. However, just like fire, the internet is a double edged sword. Use it the right way and it helps you be productive. Use it wrongly and you will lose your way and eventually, your mind.
- Irregular Eating Habits
- Weight Gain/Loss
- Carpal Tunnel
- Dry Eyes
- Poor Personal Hygiene
- Back/Neck Aches
- Sleeping Problems
- Irregular Bedtime Habits
- Have Other Addiction Problems
- Lose Track Of Time
- Ignoring Household Chores
- Inability To Get Things Done
- Risking Loss Of Relationships
When you are in front of the computer, you tend to stay glued in place, losing the desire to cook or eat a healthy meal in regular intervals. Your meal sizes vary depending on what is available to you at the moment. Chocolate bars, cookies, instant noodles and fast food are the stuff that will seriously affect your health in the long run. Factors like frequency of meals and eating speed are also detrimental to your well being.
Malnutrition is the effect for putting priority on staying connected to the internet instead of taking proper meal breaks to obtain healthy, nutritious food.
When you are glued to the computer, you tend to snack without thinking. This is a very dangerous precedent to a sedentary lifestyle that will lead to obesity. On the other hand, you may also lose weight when you skip meals.
Poor posture and the lack of breaks will eventually lead to carpal tunnel syndrome.
If you spend long hours staring at a computer screen, you may end up not ‘blinking’ with a sufficient frequency to lubricate the eye surface. Over time, this will result in dry eye syndrome.
Inside your eye you have a lot of nerves, unlike other nerves, the nerves in your eye go straight to your brain. When you constantly bombard your eye with light and stimulation, you can get what is called ‘ocular motor dysfunction‘.
Being engaged with the internet for the majority of your day, personal hygiene is one of the first things to be overlooked. With little to no physical interaction with the outside world, internet addicts are less compelled to take care of their personal grooming. This disregard for personal hygiene can lead to acne, dental diseases and other illnesses.
The number one reason for developing aches of all sorts is focusing on a single target and not leaving it. Imagine holding a heavy object in one fixed spot. Eventually, your arms get tired which is the same way every muscle in your body works.
Sitting in front of a computer screen for five hours a day can dramatically increase the risk of depression according to researchers headed by Tetsuya Nakazawa at Chiba University in Japan. In a three-year survey of 25,000 workers, many complained of feeling depressed, anxious and reluctant to get up for work in the mornings.
According to Frisca Yan-Go, director of the UCLA Sleep Disorders Center, light inhibits the release of melatonin, a hormone that settles the body into sleep mode toward evening time. The artificial light source from a computer at night messes with the body’s melatonin production, which rises when darkness falls, then diminishes toward morning as part of a natural cycle called the Circadian rhythm.
You may be cutting back on sleep to fit in all your time awake for the computer but this just adds to your sleep deficit. Remember, what you take out of the sleep bank, you have to put back in. Your urge to sleep will increase in the early hours of the morning, and again at mid-afternoon.
With the internet, comes a whole new world of other addictions like pornography, online gambling, online shopping and online games. All 4 are highly addictive as it stimulates your senses, providing you a unique kind of excitement that is easily obtainable online.
Hyperfocus is a term used to describe a deep and intense form of concentration where you zone out and don’t even notice or acknowledge another person’s presence or conversation unless they are physically separated from their focused activity. It becomes detrimental when you are only able to focus on activities of personal interest or if you focus so intently that it causes you to miss appointments, meals, social time or sleep.
Instead of doing your share of household chores you neglect them, leaving your parents, spouse or children to take care of it for you.
As long as your work/assignment involves a computer and internet access, the temptation will always be there. More often that not, you’ll end up on youtube, or just googling random stuff and before you know it hours have gone by and you have accomplished very little.
With the internet, you no longer have to leave your home to do all the things of daily life. You can shop, date, talk, play, and even have cybersex, while doing it all anonymously. Some of the ways that internet addiction affects social life are things such as withdrawal, arguments, lying and isolation.
Researchers at the University College London believe that spending more than five hours a day in front of a computer may damage your heart. Know that the longer you stay in front of the computer/pc, the nearer death is for you. Beware as death may also come for others you love as well.