Effects of online education on mental and physical health

Online education has drastically changed the way we study but the year and half of attending online classes from home have led to a string of mental and physical health issues for both students and teachers.

Covid-19 has caused destruction and devastation worldwide in ways nobody could anticipate. The world in one way or another came to a standstill. Life as we knew it changed. And this change became the new constant.

Educational institutions took to online teaching. The start of this change felt rather very enticing for the students with not having to rush and get ready to reach the institutions, and being in the comfort of their homes.

However, this peace didn’t last as long. Online education has taken a huge toll on the mental and physical health of students as well as their teachers.

How online education affected mental health

1. Lack of interest

Humans are social animals, and the most introverted ones also need to see faces and have human interactions once in a while. The children have grown to lose interest in their classes.

Most of them switch off the camera and go about their other activities. The lethargy has inculcated the loss of interest in not only the studies but everything overall.

The pressure of after-school homework and assignments has triggered a great toll on the mental health and mood.

2. Stress and anxiety

The concentration levels of students dropped in online learning as the eye meanders elsewhere on the screen. This in response made it difficult for most students to keep up with the teachings.

The pressure to concentrate and produce the required results has resulted in a great amount of stress and anxiety. Tasks, assignments, and homework slacked.

Most children were seen lagging behind and succumbing to the pressure. The mental state of the children was fragile and tampered with.

3. Zoom fatigue

Zoom fatigue refers to the exhaustion after having attended zoom classes, or video conferences. With the screen time increasing drastically, the mind is overwhelmed with information and the brain finds it rather difficult to register all the information.

Over involvement of parents also has added to the pre-existing anxiety and stress. Parents are confined to the walls of their houses and have taken it upon themselves to get extensively involved with their children and their online classes.

Effects of online classes on physical health

1. Eyesight problems

Increased screen time has increased the strain on the eyes, resulting in major headaches. This was applicable not only to the students but also to teachers.

2. Lack of classroom ethics

The classroom ethics have been compromised to great lengths. The posture, regularity, lack of routine, attentiveness has all resulted in health hazards. Constant sitting has caused weight concerns as well.ADVERTISEMENThttps://65234353e3d8599d0407507c63588fd7.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

No physical activity has made the students restless and frustrated. This too took a toll on the eating habits, thus resulting in damages to the physical health.

3. Bad ergonomics

Human factors and ergonomics is the application of psychological and physiological principles to the engineering and design of products, processes, and systems.

Studying online has resulted in poor/bad ergonomics, thus resulting in a lot of issues as regards back pain and fibromyalgia pains.

4. Lack of physical activities

The lack of physical activities has caused children to become obese. Thanks to binge eating and watching, it’s only gotten worse.

Muscle spasms, muscle rigidity, and lack of calcium, etc are all based on lack of physical activity.

5. Lack of Vitamin D

Online Education surprisingly has resulted in a lack of Vitamin D. Lack of sunlight, poor diet, and exercise have resulted in more problems than one could anticipate.

6. Calcium deficiency

As weird as it sounds, the lack of physical activity and calcium has resulted in trivial injuries, thus resulting in extensive injuries further.

In conclusion, we can say that online education initially started as a great advantage but took a drastic turn and didn’t work so much in the same spirit. With the increased screen time, eyesight issues, headaches, and strain have increased a great deal.ADVERTISEMENT

Not only that, children have also been exposed to stress and anxiety from an early age and parents only add to the pressure. Physical well-being has gone for a complete toss.

It is important for us to keep in mind all these aspects to prevent any future harm that might turn into lifelong problems.

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