We are surrounded by technology. We use them for school, for work, and for leisure. Odds are your daily routine revolves around sitting in front of a desk or looking at a screen. Prolonged use can cause a variety of health problems that can affect your entire body in the long run.
Here are some potential health problems you may encounter and ways you can prevent them from happening.
Spending long periods of time staring at a screen can create a bit of strain on your eyes. Everyone does it, whether it is from their phones, computers, or television screens. Eyestrain can happen especially during prolonged sessions of non-stop screen usage. Sometimes, you may not even notice it until the eyestrain becomes severe. Symptoms can include blurry vision, headaches, and a feeling of heaviness on the eyes. To prevent this from happening, always keep in mind that moderation is key. Taking a break occasionally, closing your eyes, or spending a few minutes per hour away from the screen can help rejuvenate your eyes.
Another issue that pops up when talking about health issues with technology is posture. Take a moment to check your position right now. When working on a PC, it can be very easy to hunch over while doing your work. This can form a habit, which eventually leads to other issues related to posture. Back pains, neck stiffness, and even cramping can occur as a result of improper posture. With poor posturing, your body has to contort to its position and stay there for long periods of time. Muscles can feel strained, and even blood circulation can be an issue.
Speaking of blood circulation, prolonged sitting can also lead to leg issues. Some can be as mundane as cramps, but they can also deteriorate into blood clots around your leg area. The position you are sitting on can block blood circulation to your feet, causing clots to form. Getting up regularly, stretching your legs, and walking once an hour can prevent these leg issues from occurring.