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Daanger: Beware your computer

Discussion in 'Issues Around the World' started by Robert Harris, Jan 29, 2003.

  1. Robert Harris

    Robert Harris Passed Away Aug. 19, 2006

    I hate to say this, but the GA membership, being made up of people who spend too damned much time at their computers, are at risk. So get up and walk around, get some exercise.


    Your computer could be killing you

    Your computer could be killing youSitting at a computer for long periods of time could kill you, according to a new study reported in the February 2003 edition of the European Respiratory Journal.

    It says there is a risk of developing life-threatening blood clots from sitting for long periods at a computer, similar to a problem that has injured or killed some airline passengers on long flights.

    The report centers on a case from New Zealand in which a young man who spent up to 18 hours a day sitting at his computer nearly died after developing a massive blood clot that formed in his leg veins, broke off and traveled to his lungs, a condition called pulmonary embolism.

    More at: http://sanjose.bizjournals.com/sanjose/stories/2003/01/27/daily44.html
  2. Biker

    Biker Administrator Staff Member

    Hmmmmmmmmm... I would think that most would be immune to that with the amount of movement that one would probably accomplish while visiting those, ummmmmmmmmm, porn sites.
  3. Robert Harris

    Robert Harris Passed Away Aug. 19, 2006

    You move your legs a lot at those sites?

    Anyway, we have a group of rather modest ladies here, and I am sure they do not even know where those sites are.
  4. jfcjrus

    jfcjrus Veteran Member

    Oh, I don't know about that, at least with visiting THIS site.

    I get a chance to take a break from 'real'(?) life, and login here to see what's happening. Dozens of threads/posts on all manner of topic.
    I read threads that spark my interest.
    Sometimes, I say 'WHAT'???!!!
    I stomp around the room cussing like a former submarine sailor, trying to become civilized and 'reasonable'.
    Sometimes I calm down, sometimes I don't.
    I'm sure my posts reflect my state.

    My doc says I'm fit as a fiddle. Although he yearly suggests that I should cut back on the smokin & drinkin (yea, no shit).

    So, I can only conclude that my stompin around exercise, due to this site, is helping me keep fit.

    So, I want to thank everyone for posting such absurd opinions as to cause me such consternation as to keep healthy.

  5. Robert Harris

    Robert Harris Passed Away Aug. 19, 2006

    Gee -- you must go to the same doc I do. We get the same advice.
  6. cdw

    cdw Ahhhh...the good life.

    I don't understand why they say anything about a computer at all... obviously they are talking about anyone who for long periods of time and frequently just sit is supposedly at risk.
    I don't know if I go for that... hell, women traditionally held jobs sitting at desks, ect. What about the good old "typing pool"... did they have more blood clots than anyone else?

    Someone died from being on a long flight? Wouldn't you think that the person wasn't in good health to begin with?
  7. Biker

    Biker Administrator Staff Member

    It's a rare thing, but it has happened on longer transatlantic flights.
  8. mikepd

    mikepd Veteran Member

    jfcjrus, a civilized, reasonable, ex-submariner? Oh please, no!! ;) I met a lot of them while an x-ray tech and they were not only kind enough to teach me the finer points of advanced electronics learned in the navy but increased my vocabulary while telling tales of liberty at wine bars in Rota, Spain and when we had a base out of Holy Loch, Scotland stories of that locale as well. Dedicated, knowledgeable and an honor to know them.

    Staying in one position for any length of time is no good. You should stretch and take a break every 20 minutes or so if possible. Ergonomics is important to avoid carpal tunnel syndrome if typing for long periods of time.
  9. melpomene

    melpomene Banned


    dont alot of people get up to get up (who are able to) get drinks and go to the toilet.....................this is sufficient moving around for the circulatory and muscle systems
  10. bruzzes

    bruzzes Truthslayer

    A very interesting topic and thank you Bob for the post.

    I am a viable candidate for the troubles that Bob's topic can induce.

    For well over two years, I have spent hours upon hours every day in front of a computer. Being a sober alcoholic, I am still hobbled by the insidious aspect of that disease of being obsessive to the point that once I find an area that I am interested in, nothing can pull me away. I have abandoned many interests such as gardening and landscaping which gave me ample exercise and in fresh air. I have become sedentary and have little motivation to exert the effort needed to reverse this detrimental behavior. It seems to creep up on you with little notice. Almost like a chronic condition that gets worse so slowly that you hardly notice, adapting to the change without thought, until one day you realize you have become immobilized.

    This is not a flippant subject as I had first thought.
    I am grateful for the new members, that bring up old subjects and threads that may get overlooked at the time they are started.
    Sometimes we are not in the proper mood to deal with them at the time but when renewed re-wake an interest.

    The first solution to a problem is to state the problem in black and white. Letting it remain stalking your mind without a restful stop just adds anxiety and it is always hard to hit a moving target.

    I have been bothered by my obsessive behavior and now that I have stated it in black and white, I can now work on it's solution.

    Much thanks to Bob for introducing this topic.
  11. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Yah but Bruce, this has been going on for centirues. Think of manual labor in some of the factories? The accountants, the paper pushers the document creators. Think of all of the jobs in secretarial work, and other administrative spots in which you would sit for hours doing the same thing over and over again.

    I don't think this is such a horrible thing, and while I do get out and about, I too spend alot of time behind the monitor--I do mix it up with arcade gaming though. ;)
  12. bruzzes

    bruzzes Truthslayer

    I did not mean that all people are at risk...LOL!

    Just that I have become aware that " I " need to start getting off my ass and do some healthful exercise.

    Bob's post got me thinking on something I had become oblivious on.

    I use to do do alot of yoga and Tai Chi. Maybe it is time to re-establish this healthy behavior.
  13. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Agreed, Bruce, I need to do something on the same level as well.
  14. Robert Harris

    Robert Harris Passed Away Aug. 19, 2006

    OK. Let's organize an exercise class. :)
  15. ditch

    ditch Downunder Member

    This problem of blood clots forming is termed "Economy class syndrome" in OZ due to the relatively cramped seating in economy class....mmm.
    The long haul flights from here to say London or the States have resulted in some cases of people blaming the formation of blood clots on the long periods of time spent with a minimum of movement during the flight. I believe there have been a few deaths also.

    Difficult to do exercises in the aisles though.

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