American adults ages 18 and older spend over 11 hours a day on their TV, radio, smartphones and other electronic devices, according to Nielsen. Meanwhile, research lead by Mobile Insurance in the United Kingdom found the average Briton spends nearly 23 days per year on just their smartphones. That figure accounts for talking on the phone, sending texts and using the Internet and apps.
With so much time spent on mobile devices, it's no wonder there are brand new ailments, like text neck and Blackberry thumb, caused from repetitive strain injury. The best medicine to prevent repetitive stress injuries is to learn proper posture. You also should put down your gadgets and spend more time stretching and taking a brisk walk. In addition, ergonomic technology helps ease your joints and makes using devices easier on your body. Here's a look at what's on the market:
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Constant calls and texting can put a strain on even the most seasoned business executive or socialite. "Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge takes a step toward ergonomic friendliness" with an over-sized screen to watch movies, videos and presentations. The design features a slim body that fits in your hand easily as well as a curved edge that makes it more comfortable to use with your thumb.
Flote noticed the strain the tablet revolution put on people who used them for hours at a stretch. Claiming to be the "world's best tablet stand, Flote offers hands-free use for both tablets and e-readers to eliminate discomfort. A magnetic ball joint enables precision placement to the position you're most comfortable. Flote also earns rave reviews for its modern and elegant design that integrates seamlessly in both business and home settings.
A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that sitting for long periods of time is associated with a higher risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Perhaps even more alarming, researchers found this to hold true regardless of how often you exercise.
With health and workplace innovation in mind, treadmill desks have been making a splash in startups and other businesses around the country. The concept is simple. Take a slow and leisurely walk throughout your work day while typing, reading and answering calls. The desk is adjustable to keep you from staring down at your devices. Does it work? Popular Mechanics reviewed the treadmill desk and reported an increase in energy and alertness. Walking while you work seems to address the need to sit less and move more.
Smartwatches have made their mainstream debut into the marketplace and are used for everything from fitness to answering phone calls. Smartwatches, read "The Best Smart Watches of 2018", keep tabs on your latest exercise plan, send texts, take videos and, of course, keep accurate time.
A gadget like the Apple Watch puts the power of your smartphone on your wrist and out of your back pocket. You're also less prone to lug around your phone and its accessories in your bag or to wrench it under your neck to keep your hands free while working on a project. Its design also keeps your thumbs off an over-sized smartphone screen and provides an easier angle to type away emails and texts.