What Are The Mental Health Issues From Computers?


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Samuel Chiltern Profile
Samuel Chiltern answered
Widespread and frequent computer use is a modern phenomenon, so we don't yet have very much information about the long-term effects of computer use on mental health.

However, some studies are beginning to emerge, which I will discuss below.

Mental Health Issues in Children Who Use Computers
It needs to be remembered that no causal evidence has yet to be
found to support a link between computer use and mental health

However, a recent small-scale study in the UK has suggested that children who spend two hours or more in front of a computer screen a day are more likely to report mental health issues than those who spend less than this amount of time.

This statement might seem quite shocking at first glance - but it's likely that children who suffer from shyness or social anxieties would prefer to play computer games, rather than taking part in activities involving large groups of other children.

Therefore, it might just be the case that having a mental health issue makes a person more likely to indulge in protracted periods of computer use.

Mental Health Issues in Adults Who Regularly Use Computers
A large-scale study, involving 25,000 people, came to the conclusion that too much time spent in front of computers can be damaging. The most notable symptoms included depression and insomnia.

The group who had five or more hours of screen time per day were more likely to report a mental health issue, than those who spent less time using computers.

However, this study was only conducted within one organisation, and fails to account for cultural factors within that company, or the influence of the personal backgrounds of the workforce. For example, it could simply be that this effect is caused by the way in which information technology is implemented in that particular organisation.
ayesha sana Profile
ayesha sana answered
Computers often create psychological problems that can turn out to be counter-productive.

1). Avoid noise. Computer users sometimes develop headaches and experience tension from being exposed to noisy impact printers and to the high-pitched, barely-audible squeal produced by some computer monitors.

Indeed some people, particularly women, who hear high-frequency sounds better than men do, may be affected by the noise even when they are not conscious of hearing it. Sound-muffling covers are available for some printers. The best advice is to take frequent short rest breaks.

2). Avoid stress from electronic supervision. Research shows that workers whose performance is supervised electronically suffer more health problems than do those watched by human supervisors.

For instance, a computer may monitor the number of keystrokes a data entry clerk completes in a day, or the time a customer-service person takes to handle a call. Such monitoring might force a pace that may lead to RSI problems and mental stress.

One study found that electronically-supervised employees reported great boredom, high tension, extreme anxiety, depression, anger, and severe fatigue.
Kristina Lietuvaite Profile
Computers can create stress, which can lead to anxiety or even depression. Using your computer to look at pictures and videos of things that can change your thinking as well as your personal standards. This content can bring your self-esteem down.

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