Why Do We Keep Doing Things That Are Harmful For Us?

Philippines
July 19, 2012 9:47pm CST
*Thank you ersmommy1. Your response in my previous discussion gave me an idea to create this new one.* I'll use myself as an example. I believe by now I already have a carpal tunnel syndrome. My right hand keeps on feeling numb even if I am not doing anything. It also feels week and I can no longer close it tightly. The muscles in my hand, especially in the thumb area, hurts a little bit every now and then. I have not yet confirmed this but I will go to the doctor later to have my hand checked. We all know that carpal tunnel syndrome is usually due to the excessive use of computer mouse or whatever activities that put your hand in an awkward position (if you know what I mean :D) Anyway, even though I am suspecting that I already have carpal tunnel, it does not prevent me from using the computer for long hours. Why do we keep on doing things that are harmful to us? Share your experiences as well! :)
5 responses
@mrfdg1972 (3238)
• Philippines
20 Jul 12
i think i am also beginning to have this carpal tunnel syndrome, maybe that is the price we hay to pay whilest we enjoy computers, we seriously hurt our mouse hand. So is with my smooking, it does inflict damage to my lungs but i cant get over it, OMG.
• Philippines
20 Jul 12
As early as now try to lessen your usage of your mouse. Or if you have a laptop, just use your track pad. Though it is more difficult, it is safer than using a mouse. Smoking is a habit that is hard to break. I hope you will be able to quit that before it does a serious damage to your lungs. My mom has a friend who smokes a lot before. Because of her habit, she had a tuberculosis and was confined to the hospital for several weeks. When she got out, she was skin and bones. She said that she would not be willing to suffer like that again so she quit smoking.
@mrfdg1972 (3238)
• Philippines
21 Jul 12
that is so nice to hear, but you know habits are hard to break. i am on my 50's right now and i will just have to enjoy what remains of my time in our world.
@jaiho2009 (39001)
• Philippines
20 Jul 12
Uh uh, using the computer mouse frequently causes carpal tunnel :xx... Oh my, and I am feeling some numbness on my right hand But I can't refrain from using the computer and I can't use the computer well without the mouse
• Philippines
20 Jul 12
You are right. It would be easier if I have a laptop. At least I have an option of using the track pad. Well, I do hope that your condition would not be carpal tunnel.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
20 Jul 12
I think that the reason that most of us keep doing things that are harmful for us is because of the fact that those things that are harmful to us are also something that is comforting to us. For example, my late grandmother was told after she had a stroke to quit drinking and to quit smoking but she wasn't able to do it. Her reasoning was that she had already had her independence taken away from her and those two things were all that she had left to do.
• Philippines
20 Jul 12
She already had a stroke and yet she continued on doing those things? Wow. It is amazing how far we can go for the sake of doing these harmful habits of ours. Do you have a harmful habit dorannmwin?
• Philippines
20 Jul 12
i think there are so much pleasure in doing harmful things that's why people can't help themselves but go on.
• Philippines
20 Jul 12
Well I guess you are right. In my opinion, people generally do not think of their future. We enjoy what we have today then deal with the consequences of our actions tomorrow. I guess that is what you are saying mylzcantor08, that we take pleasure on what we today (whether it is good or bad) and worry about it when the downside of our actions have already taken it toll.
@ranger07 (555)
20 Jul 12
I'm not sure. That is a good question. that is the same for people like me who smoke. I continue to do it because I enjoy it.
• Philippines
20 Jul 12
Do you find our human minds fascinating ranger07? We are deemed to be the highest forms of animals and yet we continue on doing things that are dangerous for us just because we enjoy it. What a risky trade off with this precious lives of ours, I must say. Anyway, I do appreciate your response. Thank you.