By Maria Constantin
January 23, 2018
“More often than not, you and others will be sitting with your back naturally bent forward.”
We know how staring at our screens affect our eyes negatively but our posture through our spine is being hurt by the hours we spend on phones and computers as well.
If you walk into any room, school, train, or street, almost everyone’s heads are down, staring at an object in their hand: their phones.
Phones, laptops, technology, in general, have changed our lives in many ways. Today, we can talk to friends and family across the globe, whether it’s through text, a call, or a video call. With technology, we are able to reach out and meet so many people to get ourselves out there.
But when we abuse this advantage and overuse our technology, it can negatively affect us too.
Think about the position you sit in when scrolling through social media or texting a friend. Or how you’re probably sitting now, reading this. Your neck’s probably bent forward and down.
It’s something that we do so naturally nowadays without a second thought about how much we’re hurting our spines doing this. Doing this every day, we get into a habit of naturally sitting with this hunched back–even in the rare moments we’re not on some form of technology.
If you take a closer look at the people around you, you’ll find that you’re not alone in this posture issue. More often than not, you and others will be sitting with your back naturally bent forward.
You may be noticing a lot of your 20-something friends with these hunched bags, but it’s not something that develops just when you’re past your teens. In a lot of cases, people are getting spine problems well before then.
We’re putting the kids of this generation on technology so early that seven and eight-year-olds are already facing these problems.
So, I’ve given you the dilemma, but is there a solution?
The answer is yes, but you’ve got to be willing to commit to creating better habits. Sit with your back straight, chin up and shoulders relaxed.
Instead of pushing your head down to meet your phone or tablet screen, move them up to meet your eyes. For computers, push your screens back so you don’t have to move your heads down.
Trust me, not only will your future-self thank you, but so will your confidence; just standing up straight boosts your self-esteem by a lot.