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Health Issues

  1. David Lukoff1,
  2. Jayne Gackenbach2

Published Online: 15 APR 2004

DOI: 10.1002/047148296X.tie077

The Internet Encyclopedia

The Internet Encyclopedia

How to Cite

Lukoff, D. and Gackenbach, J. 2004. Health Issues. The Internet Encyclopedia. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center

  2. 2

    Athabasca University, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 APR 2004

Abstract

Our lives have become intertwined with computer-mediated communication. The Internet, arguably the most potent infotechnology ever created, is changing what it means to be human. It is having both positive and negative effects on health. The Internet is potentially a vehicle for expanding consciousness, yet is also a trigger of socially deviant behavior. Technology is having effects on child development and family dynamics that are just beginning to be recognized by health professionals. Some individuals use the Internet in dysfunctional ways that lead to social isolation and deteriorating work performance. Internet addiction and technostress are both new risks exacerbated by fast growth of the Internet. Repetitive stress injuries are another increasing health hazard associated with Internet and computer use. Health care is also being profoundly influenced by the expanding online delivery of medical and psychological services.

Keywords:

  • computer-mediated communication;
  • healthcare;
  • negative effects on health;
  • positive effects on health;
  • repetitive stress injuries;
  • social isolation;
  • socially deviant behavior