According to Business Insider, the ideal amount of screen time per day is about 1 hour. Unfortunately, (according to Marketwatch), adults in America presently spend more than eleven (!) hours each day watching, reading and perusing information on electronic screens.
It’s no secret then, that having good posture while bonding with your computer, phone or tablet is a must. But many of us don’t. We slouch, crane and strain as we take it all in. And this could have long lasting consequences.
A study out of San Francisco State University found that improper posture while viewing a screen causes headaches, neck and backaches, fatigue, poor concentration, increased muscle tension and even injury to your back bone over time.
“When your posture is tall and erect, the muscles of your back can easily support the weight of your head and neck-as much as 12 pounds,” explains San Francisco State University Professor of Holistic Health Erik Peper. “But when your head juts forward at a 45 degree angle, your neck acts like a fulcrum, like a long lever lifting a heavy object. Now the muscle weight of your head and neck is the equivalent of about 45 pounds. It is not surprising people get stiff necks and shoulder and back pain.”
How can you correct your sitting position? Imagine you have an invisible thread running from the top of your head to the ceiling. Wear reading glasses if you need them, and make sure your computer screen is at the optimal level for your viewing. Increasing the font on your screen is also a helpful option, to help you feel your best.