The age of information technology; almost everything is done with computers. Prolonged computer use have potential health risk. Computer use will not really cause disability if one will just sit in front of it for short period of time. But, how about if your work requires you to be using computer all day long? Is there a real danger in health due to computer use for prolonged period? A computer consultant could suffer a severe back problem to blurry eye in the course of sitting in front of a computer for any length of time.
A little reading from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Disability in the United States Prevalence and Causes shows that in 1992 backpain is the highest cause of disability. Backpain far higher at 18.2% followed by emotional/psychiatric disorder at 12.7% then neurological disorder at 11.3% and even cardiovascular at 4.1%.
We better watch out for our posture when working with computer. Our health is our wealth. Let’s take care of our health. It would be good to have a protection for our income in case health problems arise due to work. If something serious comes which leads to in capacity to do work, maybe a disability insurance would help. Anyway, it would be better to heed to the old age saying: “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure”. Check your self out on how you do things in front of the computer. Take a break !