It's just possible that some of this can be attributable to our daily activities - in particular the use of 'mobile technology devices' - smart phones, laptops, mp3 players and tablets in particular. Nearly three quarters (74%) of those questioned by the BCA typically use technology devices for work every day and a huge 88% of respondents continue using it in their own time. The broad capability and range of modern mobile devices available, coupled with significant advances in internet access, means that technology is incorporated into nearly every part of the daily routine. Not surprisingly, over half the respondents (52%) used a mobile device while walking, over a third (38%) use one on a tube or train, and over half (51%) have used a device whilst in bed.
It's really important that we recognise the impact that stooping forward, hunched over a small screen, peering at a tiny font or video can have on our bodies - and it's important that we do everything we can to minimise the potentially detrimental effect.
A few simple hints and tips for gadget users...
- Be aware of your posture when using mobile devices on the go
- Don’t hunch over small screens for too long
- Wriggle around - ensure you are never in the same position for a prolonged period - never more than 40 minutes. Get up and walk about.
- Adjust your desk and PC so that you're sitting straight and comfortably (see the video below).
- The head's really heavy - try not to let it 'poke' forwards in front of the body, keep your chin tucked in with your head directly over your body.
- Use a rucksak with both shoulder straps adjusted to carry things - particularly your heavy laptop - and ditch the junk that you don't need!
- Shrug your shoulders, wriggle your hands and wrists about and have a good stretch regularly when you're using your mobile devices - your body will thank you for it.
Have a look at this short video to ensure that your posture is correct - whether at your desk or in an armchair...