Saturday, February 19, 2005

Avoiding Computer Fatigue Syndrome

"Because so many of us use computers on a daily basis and the fact that it has become engrained in our workplace, home life and extracurricular activities, almost all of us have experienced annoying physical symptoms after several hours in front of our computer.

Symptoms such as eyestrain, blurred vision, dizziness & headaches, red, dry or burning eyes, excessive fatigue, neck, shoulder, back, wrist or elbow pain are common place with those people that depend on the computer for livelihood or students spending hours in front of one doing their assignments. Those that spend hours on a computer for entertainment are not immune either. This constellation of symptoms can be bundled up in a syndrome called Computer Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

In a recent OSHA report the government organization on workplace safety stated that Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) a subset of CFS along with other overuse work related injuries associated with prolonged computer use appears to be growing rapidly. Some studies estimating that 90 percent of the 70 million U.S. workers using computers for more than 3 hours a day experience some form of computer fatigue. "

User Interface Design - Ergonomics

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