To kick off on how to surfsafe online, it’s time to start with the physical side of things:
Sitting in the wrong position when you are spending so much time online can be seriously damaging for your health.
Not only can being sedentary for so long be bad for your heart and weight, but can also effect your posture and eyesight too.
Possible Effects of Too Much Techno Time:
- Slumping can create tension in your back, shoulders and hips. It may not seem serious at first but after a while they can build up and create further problems. (click to find out more)
- Your eyes may become strained from looking at a screen for long periods of time as you tend to blink less. This can cause focusing fatigue which can produce symptoms such as blurred vision, double vision, neck pain and headaches.
- Your wrists, fingers and hands may suffer from RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) and it’s effects can be permanent. It’s caused by repetitively using the muscles and through overuse.
How to Sit Well:
- Take regular breaks
- Do some stretches at regular intervals to reboot your circulation
- Use wrist rests to avoid overstraining while typing
- Make sure the monitor is set to appropriate lighting that produces the least possible glare and flicker
- Have a comfortable and supportive chair with adjustable settings
In addition, there’s also the ongoing debate on whether computer radiation is bad for your health.
Computers today radiate low frequency and radio frequency electromagnetic radiation.
Although these types of radiation can potentially be harmful, the majority of the population are considered safe. However, over-exposure can result in negative consequences such as nausea, headaches, dizziness and tiredness (EM Watch).
A good way to reduce the exposure you have is to ensure maintaining an appropriate distance away from your computer screen (12 inches). Flat-screen monitors generally radiate less that larger models so if possible, try to use them. If using a laptop, make sure that it is positioned on a desk or away from you, NOT on your lap. Not only does this increase the amount of radiation you absorb, but also could damage to your reproductive organs and result in infertility! Also, try not to rest your hands on the laptop keyboard. Using a plug-in mouse instead of a touchpad can result in less temptation and is easily convenient to carry along with you.
So here are just a few ways to make sure all this technology doesn’t get you down … (literally)
Now we have covered the physical aspects of your health while using technology, next week we will be looking at the potentially dangerous online content that is photoshop.
Have a great week savvy net surfers!
Now go outside and get your vitamin D