New York Times: Blogging is Dangerous

Posted on April 6, 2008

The New York Times has a story about how deadly blogging can be. The article mentions well-known bloggers who have suffered from heart attacks. It also says bloggers can suffer from weight loss, weight gain, sleep disorders, exhaustion and many other problems.

The New York Times deserves credit for stirring up the blogosphere but to pick on blogging as being dangerous to your health is unfair. Sitting for long periods of time isn't very good for the human body. That's what bloggers do. It's what writers and journalists did long before computers. It's also what millions of people around the world now do in the information age. The human body doesn't cope well with what people need to do to make a living in the information age - sit and type and move a mouse. This isn't a blogging problem - it is a widespread result of the information age.

Even so there are many industries such as mining or foresty that put workers at far greater risk than blogging does. Careerbuilder has a listThe New York Times has a story about how deadly blogging can be. The article mentions well-known bloggers who have suffered from heart attacks. It also says bloggers can suffer from weight loss, weight gain, sleep disorders, exhaustion and many other problems.

The New York Times deserves credit for stirring up the blogosphere but to pick on blogging as being dangerous to your health is unfair. Sitting for long periods of time isn't very good for the human body. That's what bloggers do. It's what writers and journalists did long before computers. It's also what millions of people around the world now do in the information age. The human body doesn't cope well with what people need to do to make a living in the information age - sit and type and move a mouse. This isn't a blogging problem - it is a widespread result of the information age.

Even so there are many industries such as mining or foresty that put workers at far greater risk than blogging does. Careerbuilder has a this post titled " Relax, Chill and maybe Blog." It is worth reading for anyone that may be pushing it too hard.

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