Healthy home: How much technology is too much?
It’s everywhere. No matter how hard you might try to avoid it, it’s all over your home, most likely it surrounds you all day at work, it’s in your car and it’s probably in your pocket 90% of the time, too.
|We’re talking technology. In the 21st century, it really is inescapable. Whether it’s the TV, the computer, the microwave, your e-reader, a games console, the sat nav or your mobile phone, technology has infiltrated every sector of our lives.
But despite advances in technology helping us in a million and one ways we’re posing the question: How much technology is too much?
Technology at home: the factsFirst up, here are a few facts to put you in the picture:
Technological health risksWith all this technology comes the inevitable health scares – some unproven, but some proven.
Hours sitting in front of a computer or TV can be bad for your back, not to mention your eyes. Blasting out music into your headphones is obviously bad for your ears. Repeatedly texting on your mobile phone has resulted in cases of repetitive strain injury. And all this technology takes us away from the fundamentals of good health: exercise, healthy eating and (face-to-face) social interaction.
According to Australian Hearing, almost 70% of 18 to 24-year-olds and 72% of 25 to 34-year-olds suffer from ringing in their ears, known in the medical world as tinnitus. And the most common cause of this is music – either through headphones or live at concerts.
Hunching over a computer for hours on end is not only bad for your health it’s a possible life-limiter. Good posture at the desk and a comfortable and supportive chair are paramount.
“We evolved to be upright and mobile,” Dr Patrick Sim, spokesman for the Chiropractors Association of Australia, told Body+Soul. “The more hunched you are after the age of 60, the more your risk of death increases because the heart and lungs are compressed, reducing oxygen and blood flow.”
Turn off the TV
A recent Australian study proved a link between cardiovascular disease and spending hours in front of the TV. The short story is: watching TV means you’re sedentary, and sedentary is bad for your health.
Researchers from the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne monitored the TV viewing habits of 8,000 adults over six years. They found that someone who watches four hours of TV a day has an 80% higher risk of death from heart disease compared to someone who watches less than two hours.
Do mobile phones cause cancer?
There has been plenty of scaremongering about the potential health risks associated with mobile phones ever since they first emerged.
The Cancer Council’s website explains that chemicals, known as carcinogens, cause cancer, but mobile phones have an ‘unknown carcinogenic risk’ which remains to be established.
So, there is no definitive answer. Anyone who’s concerned should limit their exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic energy by using a hands-free kit.
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Healthy homes mini-series
This post forms part of Light Home’s mini-series on creating a healthy home.
Last week, we kicked off the series with a post about the importance of plants in the home. Keep checking in for the forthcoming instalments.
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