Daily Archives: 2022-08-22

Computers vs. TV: Which is less likely to promote dementia?

Source: Ars Technica

Article note: Having active control over the content you're consuming on a computer rather than passively watching TV appears to lower your dementia risk _more_ than increasing your physical activity level in this micro study.
Image of a person in front of a TV.

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Standing desks—and even biking desks—are a response to a growing body of studies showing that a sedentary lifestyle creates many health risks. Regular physical activity appears to confer a degree of protection from various problems, both physical and mental, and many results indicate that this doesn't have to be Olympic-level training. Simply walking around the apartment a few times a day appears to help.

Now, a team of researchers has looked at the opposite question: Are all forms of inactivity equal? The answer is probably not. While the details depend on the health issues involved, there's likely to be some good news for people reading this, in that computer use appears to be somewhat protective against dementia.

Get off your chair

The physical risks associated with inactivity are generally associated with lower cardiovascular health, either directly or via obesity. Even a small amount of physical activity appears capable of limiting these impacts, although increased exercise generally seems to be even better (details vary depending on the study and the exact risk being examined).

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Gmail will call the cops on you based on the content of your emails

Source: Hacker News

Article note: It really is _staggeringly_ unacceptable. Google suspended this person's account and reported them to the police because a photo of their child's medical problem they took at a doctor's request was automatically backed up. And there is essentially no recourse because google's whole model is customers can only interface with robots. Systems should serve _people_, if we're getting false positives that massively disrupt people's lives, we should go ahead and E2E encrypt the middle-men and surveillance state out (and frankly, we probably should anyway).
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