Monday, April 11, 2005

Computer Users Saying No to Noise

For computers users, sleek, aesthetically pleasing computers have become the norm. But now users are turning their attention to another facet of the machine - noise. Reducing the noise generated by computers has become increasingly popular, especially in light of the data that proves that it can have a positive effect on a user's health.

"Noise from a computer isn't just an annoyance - it can have a profound impact on your body," says Peter Kim of SilenX, a leading producer of computer noise reduction components. "There have been numerous studies that show negative consequences from noise and loud computers."

According to a study that appeared in the journal Ergonomics in 2005, a test group reported "major deterioration" in their ability to concentrate due to the kind of background noise caused by computers. Noise can also contribute to the development and aggravation of stress-related conditions such as high blood pressure, coronary disease, ulcers, colitis, and migraine headaches, according to the National Association of Noise Control Officials. "We've also heard people report the inability to rest due to 'echoes' or 'humming' sounds that result from the long-term exposure to noise," Kim added.

Computer Noise - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

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