Scientists warn heavy internet users over spending too long online due to increased risk of contracting cold and flu.
No wonder, others are escaping from reality by grabbing their gadgets like phones and computers and join people by joining online sites-chatting, discussion forums, blogging, and entertainment.
The study claims those addicted to the internet are likely to get ailment faster than those taking less time in the online world.
That seems serious right? A study conducted at the University of Swansea and Milan think that the main reason for the vulnerability lies in the isolation of the addicted individuals.
The seclusion will have weakened immune impact on them, thus contributing to the sickness.
According to the research, it is a lack of physical relations with real-time people that expose the addicted to the germs.
It is presumed that online gurus have the least contact with real people and the world.
The elephant in the room is how does this online addiction lead to sickness?
Previous study articulates that spending too much time on the internet causes poor eating habits, lack of exercise, drinking alcohol, smoking, and reduced sleep; which is the main challenge affecting most of the internet users across the globe.
Such person is vulnerable to diseases after the immune system is weakened by poor diet, lack of enough sleep among others. Eye-straining cause headache and poor posture are associated with health implications.
“We found that the impact of the internet on people’s health was independent of a range of other factors, like depression, sleep deprivation, and loneliness, which are associated with high levels of internet use and also with poor health,” says Professor Phil Read, from Swansea University.
The researchers assessed 500 respondents age 18 years and above and found out that users who took too long on the internet reported having suffered from cold and flu more compared to the rest who spent less time online.
Appoint to note is the fact that internet addiction didn’t have gender discrepancy.
Stress, they said contributed to the suffering of others, especially when disengaged from the net; reduced level of interaction and spending less with people outside the world caused online individuals to suffer more according to scientists.
The study highlighted the use of the net by both genders.
Women were found to use social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and other sites to shop online while men largely use the internet for gaming and watching explicit material.
If you are keen enough, it is the effect of long-term use of the internet that increases the user’s suffering.
The internet has become a vital part of the modern world. However, using it moderately will be the best option.
Eat well, have enough sleep, converse with real people and stay healthy.