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STUDY: Four screens are raising my health risks and making me a tech slave

My smartphone, tablet, desktop and TV

June 22, 2012
I'm at home, monitoring my cellphone for new emails. My desktop computer has this article that I'm working on deadline and I'm reading PDF documents from last night's council meeting on my tablet.

All the while, my television is on, to make sure I'm not scooped by the local news station.

New research says I'm risking my health, and I'm not alone.

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy's new report has concluded what many of us have already known for quite some time – people have become "screen slaves."

We are working longer hours, in our commutes and at home.

But the main concern by the society is the poor posture in these environments that could lead to back and neck pain.

"An online survey of 2,010 office workers by the society found that nearly two-thirds of those questioned continued working outside office hours," BBC News recently reported.

I may even be above the average of two hours of extra screen time each day.

"While doing a bit of extra work at home may seem like a good short-term fix, if it becomes a regular part of your evening routine, then it can lead to problems such as back and neck pain, as well as stress-related illness," said Dr. Helena Johnson, chairwoman for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

"This is especially the case if you're using handheld devices and not thinking about your posture," she said.

Poor posture and stress have long been associated with illness. I guess the only thing to do is start turning off the screens. I've got at least four to get to right now.

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