Konerman holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and psychology from Indiana University.
People and organizations have become dependent on computers to connect them to co-workers, vendors, customers and information. Computers are used to track schedules, streamline information and provide needed data. Although computers have provided workers countless tools for business and easier access to information nearby or abroad, there are negative effects.
These include more than the obviously dreaded system failures and cyber crimes. Communication Breakdowns Due to the prevalence of computers in the workplace, email is now a common mode of professional communication.
This has caused a plethora of miscommunication issues. Many employees lack comprehensive writing skills and can therefore struggle with successfully communicating messages. Yet, even the most-skilled writer can still have trouble with conveying tone in electronic messages.
Therefore, without the use of inflection and body language, messages meant as neutral or even complimentary can be interpreted as rude or critical. To add to this, many workers are so dependent on email that they have not successfully built a positive foundation relationship via face time or phone calls.
Increased Stress Learning new computer skills and programs can put stress on workers, especially older or less-educated workers. In addition to this, employees are constantly connected to co-workers, clients, vendors and business networks throughout the workday. Because interactions can happen instantaneously, often with a desire for instant responses, this can cause additional stress in the workplace.
Distractions According to CNET News, office workers are interrupted approximately every three minutes by emails, instant messages, phone calls or other distractions.
This causes overall lower productivity as it takes eight minutes for the brain to achieve a creative state. Aside from legitimate work-based interruptions, employers are also competing against technology-driven distractions such as social media, online games, news feeds and even pornography.
Disconnectedness A sense of disconnectedness can stem from a various areas. Also, collaborating and communicating via computers instead of in person can leave employees feeling disconnected from their peers and superiors.
Health Issues Aside from the widely discussed vision and musculoskeletal problems, according to Communications Workers of America, there is an increased rate of heart-related disease in computer-based offices due to the intense pressure of having work constantly monitored via computer.THE EFFECT OF COMPUTER USAGE ON ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE: EVIDENCE FROM A RANDOMIZED CONTROL TRIAL AT THE UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY* By Susan Payne Carter many of which demonstrate the potentially negative effects of computer usage on student outcomes (e.g.
Some other effects of computer use would be eye strain and depression. The above mentioned are symptoms of health effects of computer use when the equipment is being used .
Computer usage can also have deleterious effects on eyesight. According to a review article in the journal Survey of Ophthalmology, vision issues are the most common computer-related health problem. Common symptoms include eye strain, irritation, burning sensation, redness, blurred vision and double vision.
therefore, adds to existing research that has attempted to measure the effect of computer usage in an actual classroom environment (e.g., GraceMartin and Gay, ; Fried, ; and Kraushaar - and Novak, ).
The Effects of Excessive Computer Usage to the Academic Performance of 1st and 2nd Year Nursing Students Thesis Statement: Although technology and particularly computers have helped us a lot in the innovation our world and making our work more efficient and faster, the excessive use of computer among students has become a recent problem .
Eventually, excessive computer use can take an emotional toll.
The user gradually withdraws into an artificial world. Constant computer gaming can cause someone to place more emotional value on events within the game than things happening in their real lives.
Excessive viewing of Internet pornography can warp a person's ideas about sexuality. .