iPosture is Hurting Our Backs, Productivity

iPosture is Hurting Our Backs

iPosture is Hurting Our Backs

We have all seen teens and twenty-somethings lumbering through malls and down streets, oblivious to others as they are hunched over their smartphones absorbing memes and viral videos. Or perhaps we haven’t seen them because we are too absorbed ourselves. Either way, all of this time hunched over our devices is starting to impact our posture and our health.

According to survey by Simply Health, 84% of those aged 18 to 24 admitted to having suffered back pain in the past year. The net result of this is the age group now loses more working days a year to back pain than those in their parents’ generation.

More details:
– 1.5 more working days per year are lost to back pain by 18-24 year olds, compared to the number of days lost each year by their parents’ generation
– 84 per cent of 18-24 year olds have admitted to suffering back pain in the last 12 months
– Over 55s spent an average of 6.64 hours a day in front of a computer screen
– A typical 18-24 year old spends 8.83 hours a day in front of a screen
– 66 per cent of this younger age group agree they either slouch or hunch in front of their PC

In another interesting study from Washington Lee University, researchers found that the more texts you send, the worse you sleep. This is regardless of other factors such as stress and health issues. More texts – worse sleep. Also, those who are constantly messaging also encounter more stress in their friendships … which is an interesting outcome from an activity that is intended to keep people more easily in touch!

What have you found with yourself or your kids?

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3 thoughts on “iPosture is Hurting Our Backs, Productivity

  1. Yikes! Although I’m outside the age range (I’m 28), I am 100% in this camp. In fact, I went through a series of misdiagnoses a few years ago, which led to multiple brain MRIs and other scary things … only to find out it was a pinched nerve in my neck from scrunching up my shoulders while sitting at the computer for 16 or so hours a day for work. How crazy is that?! It’s scary how much posture can impact our health – I’m trying to get a little bit better but am still guilty.

  2. Yikes! That is scary! There is definitely a reason why companies make us sit through ergonomics seminars and spend so much on chairs and have safety folks who will work on your desk layout if you experience discomfort – because exactly the sort of thing you mention costs them loads of lost work time.

    And as you point out – the study is talking more about the ‘smartphone hunch’, the reality is that many of us are huddled over laptops too many hours each day with lousy posture. I am really the first generation where that was even an issue, being a teen when the Apple ][ came out … but I think laptops are even worse because the eye-line is lower (and of course I’ve been laptop-only since the mid-90s!). How I escape ergonomic injuries … no clue 🙂

  3. Pingback: Sitting is the New Smoking – And it is Even a Problem for Runners! | Running Around the Bend

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