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Most consumers are unaware of the medical and environmental hazards in the products they rely on for word processing access to the internet and interactive games Rapid innovation in computer hardware is cutting the useful life of modern computers and creating a national waste problem that is harmful to both the economy and peoples health Billions of people today own or have access to a computer but have no idea how much of an effect it has on their health Computer equipment is assembled with more than one thousand materials many of which are highly toxic Semiconductors printed circuit boards disk drives and monitors are just a few of the parts that are made with hazardous chemicals Even today workers who are involved in chip manufacturing are beginning to come forward and report cancer clusters at the same time computer recyclers have been shown to have high levels of dangerous chemicals in their blood Computers are affecting not only adults today but also the younger generation Children all over are making use of computers for research and homework and in some schools children are required to have access to a computer at all times The children are joining adults when it comes to pain caused by computers And children have been reported to have pain in the back neck shoulders and wrists that is often related to poor habits Also the most common complaint is vision problems that have been reported with the use of computers Children and adults have reported having headaches tired and aching eyes burning itching or watering eyes blurred vision increased sensitivity to light and temporary nearsightedness because of the long hours they spend using a computer As you can see a computer affects a users health a great deal even though some injuries may seem minor others can be fatal Last but not least computers have had a great impact on our environment With new computers
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