Technology overload?

By: Victoria Maranan Email
By: Victoria Maranan Email

GRAYSON COUNTY, TX-With recent developments in technology like the new Apple iPad and the announcement Friday about Google's "Project Glass," some consumers wonder if we're getting too dependent on technology.
Nowadays, it's rare to see someone without a smartphone in hand. They can do virtually anything and now Google has developed a pair of glasses that connect to the internet. Texomans who tells us if they think technology has gone too far and a doctor, who tells us how our gadgets affect our health.
Michal Ellermann said her life runs on technology.

"Pretty much everyday all day. We have Netflix on our Xbox so we'll watch movies and TV shows on that. I use my iPhone pretty much all day long for the internet and banking and all that stuff," she said.

She said it's nearly impossible to imagine a day without her phone.

"It will be pretty crazy. I don't know if the world can survive going from as much technology as we have today to nothing, so it's gonna be a big big jump," she said.

From smart phones to iPads, now there's Google's "Project Glass." The prototype glasses that can do anything a smartphone would, from video chat to internet access.

Ellermann said it's too much, too soon.

"It seems a little extreme right now," she said.

Ellermann said she's already feeling some discomfort, just using the technology she has now.

"Sometimes, it's like, throughout the day if my eyes get tired and having to refocus your eyes and focus on something far away," she said.

"We all spend much of our working day at a computer and it's becoming more and more of an issue for everyone," said opthalmologist, Dr. Larry Wood.

He said he's seen people come in with eye strain after spending hours in front of a computer.

"The inherent problems of our eyes are being exacerbated by using them more and in a more concentrated fashion at times," he said.

Dr. Wood said technology-related eye stress can be avoided.

"We know that if you keep your terminal a little bit lower than your eye level, that makes you more comfortable than having to look up and then your eyes are more wide open throughout the course of the day and you have a much greater tendency toward dry eye problems," he said.

Dr. Wood said you can also avoid eye strain using the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break, staring off at 20 feet. As for the glasses, they should be available in area vision centers.


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