Persuasive Essay on Computer Use
The average American lifespan is 78 years and the average American youth spends 7.5 hours a day on the computer, adding up to years of computer use. In the modern world, computer use is often mandatory, but how much is too much? People who spend excessive amounts of time online can sometimes develop mental illnesses. Those under distress who are also cyberbullied often commit suicide, such as in the case of Phoebe Prince, a 15 year old from Massachusetts. She received numerous distressing messages of hate, some of which told her to kill herself. Sadly, she took this advice and ended her life. The youth of today spend too much time on their computers, which can impact their physical health, mental health, and development.
Scientific studies have shown that a large amount of time spent on the computer is bad for a person’s health. Someone who spends large amounts of time using their mouse and keyboards often develop Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, as indicated by a study of people in the workplace who spend copious time typing at the computer conducted by Ugeskr Laeger in 2004. CTS is a condition where pressure on the median nerve of the wrist causes a feeling of numbness, weakness, or pain. It can be permanent if left untreated for too long. According to Management Information System by J O’Brien and G Marakas, if one spends a long time staring at a screen, they often contract Computer Vision Syndrome, which symptoms include blurred vision, headaches, neck pain, and fatigue. Another physical issue caused by excessive use of computers is problems with back and neck pain which is most often caused by the bad posture that most people have while sitting at a desk hunched over their computer. Many youth today don’t even use their computers at the desk, instead opting to use their laptops lying down or on their laps.
Kids and teens need to interact with each other face to face out in the real world in order to develop certain skills that...