Health Hazards of Blogging

Last week, I had my annual health check up done and found out that I have developed so many undesirable health issues in the past one year or so. This includes RSI or Repetitive Strain Injury (Check out the famous MMO bloggers’s hand in the picture), RSI due excessive blogginglow HDL levels, insomnia, lower back pain and high blood pressure (owing more due the regular job). Most of these issues were developed six months ago or so when I was more regular at blogging and was spending quite a lot of time online on a daily basis.

Health issues due to computer overusage

The following are some of the typical issues that people, who use computers excessively, face:-

#1 RSI
The RSI on the palms, like in my case, is one of the most common issues that most computer users face. The little swelling that is found near the palm-wrist joint can get really bad if it goes to the advanced stages. In my case, it’s just a small swelling that’s not very painful yet but it’s there on both my palms. Well, I have coded for almost 15 years now but it developed only in the last one year.

#2 Eye strain
Monitors are getting better these days as they emit less unwanted rays and heat compared to the CRT era. However, staring at the same for a few hours together can cause eye strain and watering/itching eyes. Eye strain can also be caused when the top border of the monitor is not aligned with the eye level.

#3 Back injury
Bad postures while using computers and wrong chair height adjustment can cause back pain and lumbar problems. Another related problem is the neck strain due to bad height adjustment.

#4 Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
I read about this for the first time while researching for this blog post. It seems CTS causes numbness and weakness of the wrists and palms and this is mainly due to the compressed median nerve of the palms. Basically, wrong palm & finger position on the keyboard causes this condition.

#5 Infertility due to laptop usage
Laptops (quite ironical to the name) if used extensively in the laps seem to cause low fertility among men. This is mainly due to the heat generated by the laptop

Blogger specific issues

What I mentioned above are the physical conditions caused by excessive computer usage in general. On top of the above, many budding bloggers adapt a very unhealthy lifestyle that involves the following:

#Night-outs
Many bloggers do work late, sleep very late and get up too late in the morning as well. This doesn’t do any good to the human body system.

#Junk foods
Spending too much time on the computer leads to eating at times on the workstation itself and these food items are usually junk food, sugared and aerated beverages etc.

#Lack of exercise
Many of them (unfortunately) do not spend enough time in the gym nor do they engage themselves with basic fitness activities such as jogging, swimming, and walking.

#Lack of personal time
These days even when you are at home, on the move or even driving, you have the possibility to tweet, moderate comments or browse via the mobile. Basically, the face-to-face interaction with your family, relatives and friends reduce but you expect them to be online to chat.

There are several other uncategorized blogging specific problems such as Blog Stats Mania, Pressure-to-Post-Daily Syndrome, Frequently Checking AdSense Earnings Disorder, Commentluv Ailment, Google Stalking Syndrome etc :) We will talk about them in another post. Until then, I would like to know more about your lifestyle in the context of your online or computer related work life.

Happy (stress-free) Blogging!

Comments

  1. @Kurt, get off your blogging machine and enjoy your holidays buddy.. and laptop if it’s literally on your lap all the time can cost you dearly 😛

    @Nihar, I guess, our countrymen in general are not great fitness freaks – even worse if they are programmers or bloggers 😆

    @Richael, people like you and me are not fully into it yet. But there are those who posts three times a day, read a lot online, do link building and marketing on top of it. They may be really leading unhealthy life.

  2. even im experiencing all these frm last couple of months.. So started going to the gym which is giving me a lot relief… Also have to do a bit of research on the workplace facility…Thanks for the nice post btw…

  3. Never knew that the heat in the laptop could lead to infertility. On reading this, I feel that i have to educte my husband on this definitely. And very useful admonitions for the bloggers!hats off dude!

  4. I believe, some of the issues are solvable if you focus & work on them, however it depends on 2 things
    1. your consistency
    2. your belief about significance of your health.

    Can say it from experience!

  5. Ken :

    My biggest issue is eye strain and back pain. For the eye strain, I get the largest monitor I can find and make a point of looking off into the distance at least once an hour. For my back pain, I have found a very good ergonomic chair with lumbar support and try to do exercises to strengthen my core muscles.

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