Living with the internet: learning online
Living with the internet: learning online

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Living with the internet: learning online

1.1.3 Health issues of studying online

Won't studying at a computer be bad for my health?

Studying at a computer can affect your body. In particular, it is known that working at a computer display has the following health risks:

  • Eye strain: Working at a screen causes you to stare more intently at a small area than you would under other circumstances.

  • Upper limb disorders: These are sometimes referred to as RSI (repetitive strain injury).

  • Headaches: Some people report headaches after working at a screen for a long period.

Hence we suggest the following tips to alleviate most of these problems:

  • Take frequent breaks.

  • Get your position comfortable, e.g. give yourself sufficient legroom.

  • Make sure your chair and desk are the right height – your lower arms should be roughly horizontal and your feet flat on the floor.

  • Make your working environment comfortable, e.g. arrange your monitor to avoid bright reflections on the screen.

  • Use the mouse correctly – keep the mouse within easy reach, do not grip it too tightly, and rest your fingers lightly on the buttons.

  • Adjust your screen brightness and contrast to suit you and the lighting conditions.

The following section discusses in more detail some of the health and safety aspects of using a computer.


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