To say that the world has changed drastically in the last one hundred years is a pretty big understatement. There is more information being circulated than ever before, the medical world is far more advanced than it was even a few decades ago, and technology has reshaped almost every part of our day to day routine. Perhaps it isn’t surprising, then, that there are many medical conditions popping up lately that are related to our ever-changing world. Here are just five health issues that weren’t really around 100 years ago.
1. Veuryistic Apathy
Veuryistic apathy refers to an emotional detachment from the various problems and humanitarian issues around the world. This truly began to amp up with the common usage of television in the average home, as suddenly travesties from across the globe were broadcast directly into people’s living rooms. While the TV may have begun the trend, social media has taken it to levels never seen before.
With a constant stream of natural disasters, war coverage, social justice platforms, horrible living conditions around the world, and awful humanitarian crimes, many people find themselves becoming spread too thin and feeling numb to the happenings of the world.
Alternatively, some people wind up feeling incredibly panicked and overwhelmed by the saturation of information, leading to an emotional burnout that is far more common to see these days than it may have been in the past.
2. Computer Vision Syndrome
It’s right in the name – this syndrome is tied intrinsically to the modern human’s excessive use of computers. Most jobs in the modern world require a computer these days, as do a lot of school activities, and then we follow all of that time up by unwinding with a plethora of computer-based activities and games.
Computer vision syndrome refers to a series of eye problems that result from this constant viewing of computer screens. It can include a wide variety of eye strain and pain, and research currently suggests that anywhere between 50 and 90% of folks who work at computers have some symptoms. Even children have been shown to experience this, particularly with the popularity of tablets and school computers.
3. Blue Light Related Sleep Problems
Blue wavelengths are emitted from computer, tablet, and smartphone screens, and they are responsible for more sleep-related issues than you might realize. Harvard researchers have found that blue light negatively impacts your body’s production of melatonin, which is a major factor in how well we are able to fall and stay asleep.
When studying individuals who were looking at light-emitting devices, researchers found that they took longer to fall asleep, achieved less REM sleep on average, and were more alert than participants who were not reading or viewing from digital screens. In addition, when they woke up after an eight hour period, those exposed to blue light reported themselves as feeling sleepier and took longer overall to wake up.
4. Sick Building Syndrome
We’ve talked about people being sick, but could building structures become sick in and of themselves? Medical professionals believe it is, as sick building syndrome is a very real medical condition wherein residents of a building continuously report various symptoms while inside the building, such as headaches, nausea, fatigue, dizziness, and more for seemingly no reason.
What is typically found is that the building has various flaws in its structure, such as problems in the heating or air conditioning systems, molds growing within the building, improper exhaust ventilation, or even toxic chemicals being used within the building. One or more of these conditions can lead to the building itself being “sick” and infecting its inhabitants.
5. Earbud Infections/Hearing Loss
People have been preaching about music being too loud or the harm that live concerts can do on your ears, but this issue has been driven home more in recent years due to the popular use of earbuds. Not only has volume been a problem, but many have encountered ear infections that can be traced back to earbud use.
Exposure to volumes over 85 decibels is the leading cause of hearing loss, and earbud usage is making this far more common than ever before as people continuously adjust their volume higher and higher and for hours at a time.
Infections seem to be more prevalent in users who share or swap headphones, as the bacteria that gets moved around between sharers can easily create problems and dangerous buildup.