It is truly incredible how the human body works sometimes. Take a look at our posture for example. Something that is as simple as our posture can have a profound on health and happiness. However, in this day and age our smartphones have been adversely effecting our posture and therefore our health.
Whenever you are out in the general public, it takes about three seconds to notice that a vast majority of people are slouched over staring at their phone. While having the world at your fingertips is a great innovation, we have to be mindful about the strain it puts on our bodies when looking down at the phone.
With our heads bent forward 60-degree adds about 60-pounds of pressure to our neck, compared to the typical 10-pounds when our heads are in the neutral forward position. That’s a heavy load to support day in and day out when using our devices. X-rays show that the curvature of the neck is actually being reversed by smartphone users who are engaged with their device several hours a day.
So, what can we do to prevent such a strain on our necks? There are a few adjusts we can make when it comes with our interaction with our devices. First, simply holding your phone higher with both hands can dramatically reduce the strain on your neck. You may look a bit silly in this position, but it will be better for you in the long run.
Second, whenever you are in the comforts of your home, lay on the ground to use your device. Laying on the ground allows your muscles in the shoulders and neck to relax after a long day of usage.
Thirdly, it is wise to use any device, whether it is smartphone or computer, at eye level. Avoid slouching or leaning forward. Focus more on leaning back against the back rest. Knees should be even with your hips and both feet should be flat on the floor. Try to avoid crossing your legs. Finally make sure your shoulders are straight. Exercising and strengthen your shoulders and neck will go a long way from hurting yourself. People should also take frequent breaks to help keep pain at bay.
Another step you can take is just to decrease the amount of time spent on your phone. You can do a wipe of all the social media apps on your phone and check these accounts on your laptop at home. You can also check your email and games so you are less tempted to be on your phone during the day.
Much like anything else in life, it will take self-control and discipline to enact these kinds of changes. But if you take into account how often we are on our devices, it boggles the mind at the cumulative damage we are doing to our necks and backs. By minimize the risks and adjusting our posture, we can hold off any long-term negatives effects on our bodies. It’s worth being mindful.