Do you spend a lot of your time on social media? Do you enjoy sharing your moments on Instagram? And connecting with your friends on Facebook? Do you watch more then 10+ videos on YouTube a day?
So let’s face it. All of us are kind of media socialites, and most of us are somehow addicted.
We are connected 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through every platform, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Tumblr, etc.. It’s always on demand, anywhere we go with our smartphones or tablets. It is hard to avoid the trap of using and consuming socially driven content in today’s society.
This long time we spent on social media may affect our health (necks, backs, shoulders, eyestrain, hands and wrists) , and too much usage of computers and phone can contribute to obesity and other health problems in young people. However, you can reduce these risks with proper workstation design, better posture and good habits.
Here are some problems that most of us -if not all- are having while spending a lot of time on social media
Back and neck pain
These kind of pains can be caused or made worse by poor workstation (desk) design, bad posture and sitting for long periods of time
Sit at an adjustable desk specially designed for use with computers.
Have the computer screen either at eye level or slightly lower
Have your keyboard at height that let your elbows rest comfortably at your sides.
Adjust your chair so that your feet rest flat on the floor, or use a footstool.
Use an ergonomic chair, specially designed to help your spine hold its natural curve while sitting.
Use an ergonomic keyboard so that your hands and wrists are in a more natural position.
Take frequent short break and go for a walk, or do stretching exercises at your desk. Stand often
Shoulder and arm pain
Muscles and tendons can become painful with repetitive movements and awkward postures. This is known as ‘overuse injury’ and typically occurs in elbow, wrist or hand of phone and computer users
Have your mouse at the same height as your correctly positioned keyboard
Position the mouse as close as possible to the side of the keyboard
Use your arm, not just your wrist, when using the mouse
Type lightly and gently
Remove your hands from the keyboard when nor actively typing, to let your arms relax
Focusing your eyes at the same distance point for long period of time causes fatigue, So
Make sure your main source of light (such as a window) is not shining into your face directly onto the computer screen.
Make sure the screen is not too close to your face
Reduce the contrast and brightness of your screen by adjusting the controls
Frequently look away from the screen and focus on faraway objects.
Have regular eye examination to check that any blurring, headaches and other associated problems are not caused by any underlying disorders.
Start your 2015 with a better posture and good habits to live a healthier and a better life ☺