Technology is a single term that sums up our life in present era. We are leading a life, which is technology driven. Car, television, computer, mobile etc., earlier considered as luxuries, now have become necessities of life. The reason behind our dependency over technology is very simple; it increases human efficiency while saving the spent time. The technology has expanded our connectivity through mobile and internet facility. The world has become ‘global village’ and any information is only ‘one click away’. Internet has made access to educational materials more convenient. With the help of technology, students have all the learning resources at the tip of their fingertips. One can contact friends and relatives who are living far in no time. Aviation technology has helped us in cutting time to travel for distant places and progressive technology in the agriculture field, has enabled us in meeting food requirements of people all over the world.
Technology has made our lives easy in many ways; however, one cannot ignore its side effects. These negative effects of technology can be extended from individual to the societal and environmental level. Growing technology has been identified as the major threatening factors for our environment as being the source of various types of pollution. Using technology for anti-social, in many cases for terrorist, activities in recent years has raised serious question towards its role in society. Though these factors influenced our lives at very large level, individual factors are more salient and accessible.
Hence, this article throws some light on associated negative impacts that technology has at individual level and the preventive / remedial measures to overcome them.
Effects on Physical Health :
It has been suggested that excessive use of technology can cause major risks to our physical health. The BioInitiative Working Group released a mid-year update covering new science studies from 2012 to 2014 stating the evidence for increased risk for glioma (a malignant brain tumour) and acoustic neuroma with the over use of mobile and cordless phones. Apart from aforementioned serious diseases that need medical attention, technology causes less severe but following major risk to one’s physical health:
Digital Eye Strain :
American Optometric Association defines Digital eyestrain or computer vision syndrome describes as a group of eye and vision-related problems resulting due to prolonged computer, tablet, e-reader and cell phone use. The most common symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) or Digital Eye Strain include eyestrain, blurred vision, dry eyes sometimes even followed by redness, and headaches.
Prevention and remedy :
- Blink frequently. Blinking keeps the front surface of eye moist.
- After every 20 minutes, taking a break for at least 20 seconds and look at objects that are 20 feet away.
- Proper lighting and minimal glare can decrease the risk.
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