Physiological Effects of Computers

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Insomnia and youth in sin(gapore)

Junk Sleep is a result of engaging in technological devices right into bed time.

The term was developed by a team of final year students from Nanyang Technological University Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information. More formally, they described ‘junk sleep’ as an effect where proper REM is not achieved because one has been using consumer electronics right up until the moment of falling asleep (in addition to often leaving them on, which continues to disrupt the sleeping process).

They researched this topic, and found a vertable grocery list of symptoms, which sounded like a list of side effects for a poorly-tested prescription drug. Singaporeans consider this a growing epidemic. The graduate students eventually raised an awareness benefit to bring the whole of it to light as part of their master’s program. They recommend ceasing the use of electronics (ranging from computers to ipods) about two hours before bed, and insisted that one not use them on one’s bed, as the association can create the sense that one ought to still be working/being entertained.

The site for the event is Good in Bed, which features a home scenario that allows users to earn about the devices and (by clicking one screen to the right) the health risks, symptoms, and solutions they offer. The site was covered by AsiaOne.

Computer Camps

Shock Therapy

Gaming Addiction

See Gaming Addiction

Further Reading

Mobile Computing and Vehicles



  • The Dangers of Texting While Driving (In a CNBC interview, Matt Richtel of The New York Times discusses the dangers of texting while driving).
  • Distracted Drivers (Most people are aware of the dangers of trying to multitask while driving, but most continue to do it anyway)