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Cyber sickness, can you get sick from scrolling too much?

Neelam Rahim |

2-minute read
11 June 2023 | 22:27 CAT

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Have you ever experienced light-headedness or nausea while scrolling through social media or browsing the web?

Well, there is a medical reason why you are feeling this way; Radio Islam International discussed the medical term for this as well as what other sickness we could get from browsing and scrolling the internet with the Owner of Med Savvy, a device that analyses your body in a non-invasive way, Dr Nabeel Adam.

Cyber sickness is a technology-induced version of motion sickness caused by moving content on screens. But there’s a difference. With motion sickness, you feel ill because you feel movement in your muscles and inner ear but don’t see it.

With digital sickness, it’s the opposite. As with motion sickness, some people experience cybersickness at the slightest provocation, while others are unaffected. Symptoms typically involve nausea and light-headedness.

Working at a screen for long periods, especially with the perception of movement, can make you feel lightheaded or as though the room is spinning. Dizziness can leave you feeling disoriented and make it difficult to concentrate.

Dr Adam advises it is essential to be conscious of our scrolling times and remember to take constant breaks to rest the eyes, stretch and change positioning.

Listen to the full interview on Sabaahul Muslim with Moulana Sulaimaan Ravat.


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