Screen fiends have more to fear than square eyes

Computer use is a far better predictor of poor health outcomes than income inequality, say researchers

The often-heard advice that people need to stop wasting their time staring at their computer screens or smartphones may have some justification. 

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Access to, and the use of, computers is a predictor of poor health outcomes on a global scale, say researchers from the University of Southern Queensland.

They have looked at OECD countries, comparing their scores on a variety of health measures — such as life expectancy, infant mortality and self-reported health status — with the information and communication technology (ICT) Development Index.