What do you know of the effects of too much computer work

United States
October 27, 2007 9:34am CST
As I sit here typing away on mylot; I thought too myself are there any side effects of sitting too long at the computer.. Besides getting closer to the $10 I have been chasing for so long, I think that eye strain must be the number one complaint of the constant typist? What do you think??
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
27 Oct 07
Your hands start hurting and there is the risk of carpel tunnel syndrome if you have small or med sized bones, and even if you do not, if you had an injury, your arm hurts. The next is the expansion of your rear end so you become fat. That means it costs more to buy your clothes. For me, it is, if I stare too long at the computer screen, my eyes become tired and I feel like I am being hypnotized by the evil computer screen (Obey me!) and I am unaware of what I am writing. It seems more like automation then me typing. I guess that is what you call eyestrain.
• United States
28 Oct 07
Thank God that I have large bones..I hate them usuallly..but they have saved me already from many injuries..I remember falling from the top of a high ladder. and surely being as high as I was..I should have been doomed to some broken bones..but not me..only very badly bruised..
@raychill (6571)
• United States
27 Oct 07
I would think back problems are actually the worst part of being on the computer constantly. Mostly because a lot of people don't sit correctly or in good chairs in order to have good posture when on the computer. People sit for comfort. Then of course there are neck problems and carpal tunnel. A lot of people misdiagnose their own carpal tunnel though. You also don't ONLY get it in your wrists. Carpal Tunnel is actually most common in drummers and people who work on production lines. I'm sure eye strain is also a part, but I think a lot of people look elsewhere and don't just stair at the screen for hours on end.
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• United States
28 Oct 07
I have a desktop and a laptop..I invested in the laptop so that I can switch the way I look at the screen while I am working.. I found that when I sat in front of the pc all day.. I was getting swelling in my ankles..
@raychill (6571)
• United States
28 Oct 07
Interesting. I have both also. Though the laptop is still new. But I work on a computer all day at work and I'm good...I'm still young but I'm good. My mom does the same as do a lot of the people I work with. Everyone sufferss different things.
• Philippines
28 Oct 07
Hello littlefranciscan^_^… I have been working for almost two years sitting in front of the computer and typing for a very long period of time. One of the side effects that I experienced is eye strain. Other than that, back pain and hand numbness as well. That is why, I used to take vitamins and I exercised regularly. In this manner, I will be able to fight this stressful and tiring situation of mine. Have a wonderful day head of you!
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• United States
28 Oct 07
Hmm.Everyone is expressing symptoms they experience from the computer..I wonder what I am doing right to not have yet known these??? I bet I spend more hours on the computer or laptop then the majority of mylotters..I keep saying it's God and the angels..I should have some symptoms ..if even in my hands.
@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
28 Oct 07
Hi littlefranciscan! haha..chasing the dollar is hard work. LOL! But it is fun somehow here. Well, I do have back ache sometimes because of bad sitting posture, I tend to lean and slouch most of the time unless my husband is near me and then he reminds me again and again of it. Aside from the eye strain, I heard that there is some radiation being emitted by computers. Although I am not really very much sure about that now. Take care and have a nice day.
• United States
28 Oct 07
I think all of us as we gather a few years..tend to slouch..I use to sit straight as a board but then I thought it made me look too rigid..so I allowed myself a more relaxed way of sitting. Not the best way though.. I havent had any backaches..but again..I do go from my desktop to my pc.
@twoey68 (13662)
• United States
27 Oct 07
Actually, I do ALOT of computer stuff plus alot of cross stitching. I have always had terrible eyesight but I just had my eyes checked a few months ago and the eye doctor was amazed at how little my eyesight has changed in the last 15 years. I guess the constant work on them is making them keep being strong...at least their not getting any worse. !!HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
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• United States
28 Oct 07
I know I do get eye crossing symptoms ..like I don't think I am seeing quite right after awhile. I am not blind but I do have one eye worse then another;)
@milott (2649)
• India
27 Oct 07
The most dreadful thing that one could acquire with repetitive typing in front of computer would be the carpal tunnel syndrome, which you can get if you repeat any particular job like typing with your hands and fingers. THere is no permanent cure for this syndrome except in extreme cases you have to undergo surgery and another common problem one would acquire would be the dry eyes syndrome, which is acquired because of staring at computers for long time.
• United States
28 Oct 07
God must be watching over me..since I spend so much typing. When I am not working ..I am keeping up my webpages, marketing my juice I sell, or some other typing occupation.. I love to type and moreover I love to write..so why I am not plagued with carpel tunnel..I don't know;)
@Thoroughrob (11771)
• United States
27 Oct 07
I do think it is eye strain. I have had to get glasses and my eyes just keep getting worse.
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• United States
28 Oct 07
I thought about geting glasses..but I think I would be buying glasses every 3 months if I started. Since I spend so much time in the computer, I thought I just do the best I can without the glasses. I do agree..eyestrain is common among us computer freaks.
@kiwikidz (753)
• New Zealand
30 Oct 07
I have been a typist for most of my life, starting at 15yrs in an office with a really old typewriter and progressing through life with the latest models, now the computer and I must say that I don't know why people get RSI etc, seems like a new way of not doing any work to me. I do agree that over the years my eyes have deteriorated but they do with age anyway. I think that to have a break away and a cuppa then come back seems for me at least, ease the eye strain. Hope that $10 is now within your grasp, mine is a wee way off yet.