Covid-19 has caused destruction and devastation around the world in a way no one could have anticipated. The world somehow has stopped. Life as we knew it has changed. And this change has become the new constant.
Educational institutions have embraced online education. The start of this change was rather very appealing to the students, as they did not have to rush and prepare to join the institutions and be in the comfort of their own homes.
However, this peace did not last that long. Online education has had a huge impact on the mental and physical health of students as well as their teachers.
How online education has affected mental health
1. Lack of interest
Humans are social animals, and the more introverted also need to see faces and have human interactions from time to time. Children grew up to lose interest in their classes.
Most of them turn off the camera and go about their other business. Lethargy instilled in the loss of interest not only in studies but in everything as a whole.
The pressure of homework and homework after school has taken a heavy toll on mental health and mood.
2. Stress and anxiety
Student concentration levels have plummeted in online learning as the eye snakes elsewhere on the screen. This made it difficult for most of the students to follow the teachings.
The pressure to focus and produce the required results has resulted in a great amount of stress and anxiety. Relaxed tasks, duties and duties.
Most of the children were seen lagging behind and succumbing to the pressure. The children’s mental state was fragile and altered.
3. Zoom fatigue
Zoom fatigue refers to exhaustion after attending zoom classes or video conferences. As screen time increases dramatically, the mind is overwhelmed with information, and the brain has difficulty recording all the information.
Excessive parental involvement also added to pre-existing anxiety and stress. Parents are confined to the walls of their homes and have taken it upon themselves to get involved extensively with their children and their online classes.
Effects of online courses on physical health
1. Vision problems
The increased time spent in front of a screen increased the strain on the eyes, leading to severe headaches. This applied not only to students, but also to teachers.
2. Lack of ethics in the classroom
Classroom ethics have been compromised at great distances. Posture, regularity, lack of routine, attention have all resulted in health risks. The constant sitting position also caused weight problems.
No physical activity made the students restless and frustrated. This too has had an impact on eating habits, resulting in damage to physical health.
3. Poor ergonomics
Human factors and ergonomics are the application of psychological and physiological principles to the engineering and design of products, processes and systems.
Studying online has resulted in bad / bad ergonomics leading to a lot of issues when it comes to back pain and fibromyalgia pain.
4. Lack of physical activity
Lack of physical activity made children obese. Thanks to binge eating and observation, the situation only got worse.
Muscle spasms, muscle stiffness and lack of calcium, etc. are all based on a lack of physical activity.
5. Lack of vitamin D
Surprisingly, online education resulted in a lack of vitamin D. Lack of sunlight, poor diet, and exercise resulted in more problems than one might expect.
6. Calcium deficiency
Strange as it may sound, the lack of physical activity and calcium resulted in insignificant injuries resulting in extensive injuries.
In conclusion, it can be said that online education was initially a great benefit but has taken a drastic turn and has not worked out so much in the same spirit. With the increase in screen time, sight problems, headaches, and fatigue have increased dramatically.
Not only that, children were also exposed to stress and anxiety from a young age and parents only add to the pressure. Physical well-being has gone for a full throw.
It is important for us to keep all of these aspects in mind to avoid any future damage that could turn into permanent problems.
– Article by Shivram Choudhary, founder, Codevidhya
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