Do you know how much time you spend staring at a screen in a day? Most of us have a phone on us at all times, and at work are near a computer or laptop of some kind. As convenient as technology is, consider the ramifications of it on your life.
What does your posture look like as your stare at your phone? Is your head tipped forward and down? Are you slouching at your desk looking at your computer? Does staring at a screen give you a headache? How do your kids (if you have them) respond to you being on your phone or laptop?
More and more I am seeing people who have what is called anterior head carriage, meaning their head is tipped forward. If you look at your posture, your ear should line up over the middle of your shoulder. Check your posture. Are your ears farther forward? If so, work to main posture awareness when you are on your phone. Keep your phone up higher, more at eye level, to avoid tipping your head forward.
Are you slouching at your desk? Consider changing chairs, raising your screen up, or getting a standing desk. This will help with your posture as well.
Most technology devices come with a blue light screen. Staring at a blue light can cause headaches. You can buy blue light glasses at most stores or Amazon, to filter this light and help with headaches. I have friends who swear by these, saying they have noticed a decrease in headaches and they can focus on their work while at a computer.
I have two small kids, and while they are still too young to use technology devices on their own, I have watched how drawn they are to mine, despite being two and one. I’ve also noticed that if I am on my phone or computer for an extended period of time, my daughter starts to act out, in a need for attention. My kids need me to be present with them, and not on social media.
Technology has opened up many doors for learning opportunities and connecting us with those around the world, but make sure it isn’t happening at the expense of your health and your relationships with those around you. There are apps (ironically) that you can download that will record the amount of time you spend in certain apps and the total amount of time you spend on your phone daily. Pay attention to your daily habits and makes changes where you see they are needed.
Peace, Love, and Wellness,