Computers have been around for many years and have helped our society grow and communicate with each other from long distance. According to Claudia Miclaus from “The Harmful Influence of the Computer,” computers are commonly used everywhere such as in school, at home, businesses and so on (Miclaus 1). Though the computer is very helpful to our society, computers can actually cause mental and physical health problems as well as social disorders. Most people that use a computer often are in danger of risky serious mental and physical health.
Computers can cause major mental health problems such as anxiety. Miclaus states that most people that often use computers often have anxiety, low energy, emotional instability, and lack of work efficiency (2). Emotional conflict can lead to affecting a person’s daily life and the people he or she interacts with. Most people that suffer from anxiety, depression, or loneliness often go to the computer to forget their problems they may be facing in their lives. Joanna Saisan, M.S.W., Melinda Smith, M.A., Lawrence Robinson, and Jeanne Segal Ph.D. from “Internet and Computer Addiction” quotes, “…too much time online can make things worse” (Saisan M.S.W. et al. 2). Most people that over use computers often have difficultly controlling their emotions.
Computers can also lead to physical health problems such as strains on muscles and the risk of obesity. Tina Sieber from “5 Reasons Working With Computers Is Bad For You & How to Stay Healthy,” states that sitting for a long period of time not only causes obesity but causes back pain that can lead to cardiovascular disease. Sieber also states that sitting for a long period of time makes a person more likely to overeat (Sieber 3). Not only is sitting for a long period of time bad for a person, but staring at a computer screen is known to be bad for a person’s eye sight. Sieber mentions in her article that staring at the screen for a long time can strain a person’s eyes leading to blurred vision and even temporary vision disorders (7). A decline in physical health can cause a person to not be able to perform more physical tasks as well as before.
Computers can also cause an individual’s social skills to decrease from constantly being online. Computers have many socializing web sites and games that can entertain and allow a person to keep in contact with others. However, relying on a social web site to communicate with others can deprive a person of social skills to other people in reality. Saisan M.S.W. et al. quotes, “our fantasies are given free reign and the idea of being our online love can exceed all realistic...