Even though work from home has become the norm in today’s pandemic times, there are several perils of technology that we must stay clear of.
While remote work has given many people a sense of flexibility to handle both housework and chores as well as work-related tasks, working from home also presents an increasing number of perils.
In this article, we will explore both the benefits and perils of technology due to the impact of the pandemic.
Perils of technology: The curse of overwork
Let us begin with the perils of technology presents us as a result of the pandemic.
With a blurring of boundaries between work and personal time, reports from a recent World Health Organization study reveal that there are as many as 750,000 deaths every year as a result of overwork. In 2016, 488 million people or 8.9 percent of the world’s population were exposed to working extended hours i.e. >55 hours per week.
Many people tend to stretch their work hours without much concern for their health and wellbeing. Of course, this is rarely a conscious decision, but its effects are noticed only once the overworked suffer from sleep deprivation, muscle and backaches. These ailments arise from people sitting for extended hours and a lack of physical activity.
WHO defines overwork as clocking more than 55 hours per week on the job. It is a completely misguided notion for people to think the key to corporate success is putting in longer hours and spending more time on work related activities.
Researchers found ischemic heart disease and strokes were increasingly prevalent in employees who worked for more than 55 hours per week.
The normal hours of work ranges between 35 to 40 hours per week.
Now, while there are perils of technology, we must consider that technology even has a few benefits.
Benefits of technology: Tech adoption among older people
The COVID-19 global pandemic has forced most of the world’s population to experience extended periods of lockdown, keeping families and loved ones apart and changing the ways in which people connect and communicate with one another.
The younger generation have been quick to adopt new modes of technology and have therefore adapted more easily to newer methods of communication. But the lockdown in various countries across the world has made it necessary for many older adults to embrace technology, to adapt to the demands of the pandemic age. Several elderly people, those of the silver generation, have adapted to communication through online platforms such as Zoom, WhatsApp or FaceTime.
People use these video conferencing platforms for leisure, work and, even for virtual yoga sessions and religious gatherings
Social distancing has made many people better appreciate relationships and have made them realize what is truly important in life. Separation from near and dear ones due to the pandemic has encouraged digital literacy among an ageing population. Age is no impediment, when you believe that constant learning keeps the mind young.
Benefits of technology: The new virtual social gatherings
A study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health surveyed 1,429 participants, of which, 84 percent were over 60 years in age. The research explored the impact of social distancing during the COVID-19 lockdowns on loneliness, wellbeing and social activity.
More than 150 participants reported that religious gatherings had gone online while 91 respondents said social gatherings had evolved to become online games nights with family and friends.
All said and done, while the pandemic can be a major cause for concern for people of all ages, we must remember that the once dreaded “screen time” can after all be our savior.