Sitting in front of the screen, we have a lot of responsibility at our fingertips. The health risks of computer-izing our world have become a hot topic of discussion.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Neck strain
- Back aches
- Varicose veins
- Porn brain
- Fallen to Sleep Syndrome
Although crocheting took me down (twice) for carpal tunnel syndrome, the computer gets me bad on that last health risk.
Fallen to Sleep Syndrome
I sit on my left leg tucked under me and it feels just right. Even when the tingles begin, it still feels ok. I know I should move it, but I don’t. I let it sit there until it goes numb. Then I figure, “Well, it’s numb anyway, keep it there.” Until the phone rings. Or it’s lunch time. Or I have to go … um, well, you know.
Then, oh the pain! The numbness which once was my friend is now my enemy.
And that’s how I feel about spam. My first spam in my blog email I was feeling pretty good. I even told my BEECH friends about it. I was happy. Somebody – or at least some THING – found me. It tingled.
I knew I should have done something about it right away, but I didn’t. I relished in being found. Until the inbox filled – rapidly. And I had to wade through the numbness of being found by people who just wanted to fill my inbox with their ramblings – not always intelligible and not always nice. And mostly ads.
What once was comfortable, now hurt. And the worse part? I may have missed some REAL messages from REAL people because I didn’t block the spammers early on.
(If you read my mini-cyber list up there, you might find this same process happens regarding other cyberhealth risks.)
For those who sent real comments in the last month or so, please know I wasn’t ignoring you. I was just stumbling my way through deadened spam-nerve endings for awhile.
But I finally took the advice of my sweet BEECH friends, and installed Akismet, a spam blocker. And boy, does he block spam!
I wonder if they make those for left legs? Oh, no never mind, looking at that picture, I think I just need to spring for a ergonomic computer chair.
Take care of your health, cyberly and IRL,