New Delhi: Do you ever find yourself getting angry at any random trivial issue? Or ever feel the rage rising in your body when you read a particularly illiterate facebook comment? If so, there might be a medical reason to cut the amount of time you spend online, after American researchers discovered a link between internet use and high blood pressure or hypertension.
Scientists at Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital summarised their findings in a report, which says teenagers who spend more than 14 hours a week on the internet are more susceptible to “elevated blood pressure”.
Teenagers are most affected
The study is believed to be the first to show a link between time spent on the Internet and high blood pressure and adds to growing research that suggests correlations between heavy internet use and health problems, which can include anxiety, depression, obesity and social isolation.
Heavy internet usage may make you unfit
Another statistic in the report showed that 43 per cent of heavy internet users were considered overweight, compared to 26 per cent of light internet users. It’s not clear whether excessive use of the internet causes us to sit around all day and get unfit, or whether those with an existing sedentary lifestyle just tend to spend more time on the internet, but one thing’s clear – constant internet use isn’t good for anyone.
Moderation is the key
She was reported saying said: “It’s important that young people take regular breaks from their computer or smartphone, and engage in some form of physical activity. I recommend to parents they limit their children’s’ time at home on the internet. I think two hours a day, five days a week is a good rule of thumb.”
The findings could be important to school nurses or paediatricians who are monitoring the health of young people – possibly assessing their patients’ levels of internet use to better understand their health.