Technology makes our lives simpler and more efficient. For many of us, it even makes our jobs easier. But is technology hurting us, too? Yes, Efficiency and ease can come with a painful price. If you work in a high-demand tech job or if your role requires spending hours in front of a computer monitor, you may be surprised how it creates workplace stress. And if you spend a lot of time texting or hovering over your smallest screens, you might be surprised at the potential harm this may inflict on your physical or mental health.
There are a large number of job-related tech and digital injuries and disabilities. Many white collar workers spend an average of five hours daily sending emails, responding to texts, watching videos, and staring at computer screens. Often, this is all done with a workstation setup that is not ergonomically optimized.
Hours of hunching over with a rounded posture sets the stage for chronic neck, shoulder, and lower back pain. Tilting your head and neck down 45 degrees puts more pressure on your neck and shoulders and may also cause pinched nerves.
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Your workday is likely filled with tasks like typing, writing, graphic design, digital drawing, or photo editing. Each of these tasks are considered repetitive motion actions that may result in musculoskeletal problems in wrists, forearms, hands, fingers, and other joints.
Reports of musculoskeletal disorders, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis, are on the rise as we rely on more tech devices to aid us in our workdays. The way we hold our cellphones and how we sit or stand while using tablets and computers affects our joints, muscles, tendons, and nerves.
Even if you have an ergonomic set up (and many workers don’t), it’s important to take breaks and mix up your routine to avoid overtaxing your body.