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Blogging is Hazardous to Your Health

The New York Times presents yet another article about the evils of blogging. Not quite as bad as most press reports about the dangers of web 2.0, but still depressing.

The story reports on two professional bloggers who died of heart attacks and another who survived one. From that point the writer then tries to connect heavy blogging to an unhealthful lifestyle.

A growing work force of home-office laborers and entrepreneurs, armed with computers and smartphones and wired to the hilt, are toiling under great physical and emotional stress created by the around-the-clock Internet economy that demands a constant stream of news and comment.

Other bloggers complain of weight loss or gain, sleep disorders, exhaustion and other maladies born of the nonstop strain of producing for a news and information cycle that is as always-on as the Internet.

Ok. But all three coronary victims were also techies. Maybe the causality is between being a geek and high health risks.

Or maybe they just needed to follow some good advice.

Mr. Lam said he has worried his blogging staff might be burning out, and he urges them to take breaks, even vacations. But he said they face tremendous pressure – external, internal and financial.

I know plenty of people who put themselves under tremendous pressure and none of them are bloggers.

And just to be on the safe side, I’m going to bed a little early. :-)

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2 Comments

  1. I wonder if they were also coffee drinkers and fast food junkies. With enough imagination, one can prove almost anything.

  2. If we, bloggers, are facing death’s door, what does this say about MSM writers/reporters? What will be their demise?

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