While computers and smartphones have made your life easier, they have made the life harder too! Though it is odd to hear, it’s damn true. Tech-related injuries ranging from neck and shoulder pain to serious accidents are the flip side of different gadgets that are other way extremely helpful. While some the injuries happen suddenly others are caused by doing tasks repeatedly, i.e., they generally take long time to develop. Unfortunately the number of such cases is growing.
Here are 5 odd instances caused by different gadgets.
- Lighting stricken – It is always unfortunate to get struck by lightning while it is even more unfortunate if it happens when you’re holding a gadget. When lightning strikes someone, the current electricity flows over the skin but doesn’t generally enter into the body owing to the high electrical resistance of human skin. And this is called flashover. But holding any metallic object against the skin disrupts flashover and usually results in internal injury that may cause even death.
- Photosensitive seizures – Though all gamers have seen the on-screen warning, a small percentage of them may suffer from blackouts or seizures while watching particular light patterns on the TV screen or video games. About 1 in every 100 people suffers from epilepsy out of which 3% to 5% have developed the photosensitive form of it. There is no certain cause behind epilepsy, but imbalance in brain’s signaling chemicals or usual wiring of brain is held responsible for the condition. Though there is no permanent cure, avoiding any regular moving pattern or flickering light is always recommended for people with photosensitive epilepsy.
- Repetitive strain injuries – When people use their fingers or hands in some repeated motions like toggling Blackberry ball or sweeping smartphone for a longer period of time, it can slowly injure the muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Collectively these painful conditions are called as repetitive strain injuries or RSI. Carpal tunnel syndrome is most severe of them and it requires the sufferers to undergo a surgery to fix the problem if the condition gets worse. Trigger finger is another notable form of RSI.
- Computer vision syndrome – People who sit in front of computer or laptop for more than 2 hours constantly often develop computer vision syndrome or CVS. It is a combination of a bunch of eye problems like eyestrain, blurred vision, and dry eyes along with severe headache or migraine. To avoid CVS doctors recommend to place computer screen at about 4 to 5 inches below eye level. Anti-glare screens and proper and adequate lighting may also help.
- Quite death – We often use headphones to escape from the noise around us but that doesn’t allow an escape from accidents. According to researches, the number of traffic accidents involving pedestrians wearing headphone is growing. And surprisingly most of the victims are male and under the age 30. More than half of traffic accidents are caused by trains while almost 1/3rd of the vehicles reported blowing warning horn before the crash.
It is so true that we can’t think our lives without gadgets even for a single day. They tremendously help us in our day-to-day life but unfortunately they have some cons too. However, a little carefulness can help us avoid potential harms caused by gadgets.
Shirley Brown is well known for her tech write-ups. She regularly participates in tech forums and also covers tech news for online radios like DX.