Create a 12 page essay paper that discusses The Negative Affects of Working at a Computer on the Human Body.
.The desktop computer has now been in use for long enough for some people to have spent the majority of their working lives sitting at a computer screen, and these machines have become so indispensable that often the majority of the working day is spent at the keyboard. This document will consider the effects this could have on them, considering such things as the musculoskeletal framework, the nervous system, spinal injuries from prolonged poor posture and lack of exercise.
There are also psychological issues to be considered. People accept computers as being essential to their work in a 21st-century office, but, although they may be aware of discussions about negative effects, may not be aware that this could apply to them until symptoms make their appearance. This means that managers, human resource staff, government health departments and groups such as trade unions have to carry some responsibility for educating those whose work is concerned with computer use. It also means there have to be guidelines about such things as how long a person should sit at a keyboard without a break and the use of such things as ergonomic keyboards which offer some support. Medical staff, especially those employed by larger companies, need to be aware that they need to ask about work practices when a patient presents with the common symptoms of overwork at a computer.
Computer Vision Syndrome or CVS can be considered a common complaint. The Southern California College of Optometry, (2005) on its web page ‘Negative Effects of Computer Use’ state that 17% of eye examinations conducted in the United States as initiated because of vision problems caused by computer use. .