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.
– 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?