iPosture: Is Too Much Screen Time Prematurely Aging Our Kids?


ipostureMy radio segment this morning for the Sonrise Morning Show with Brian Patrick (airing at 8:50 am ET) has to do with a recent article in the Daily Mail Online entitled, “Do You Suffer from iPosture?”

An overview of the article spells out the most important points of a recent UK survey:

Tablets and smartphones are causing an epidemic of back pain as people hunch over devices:

  • 84 per cent of 18-24 year olds have admitted to suffering back pain in the last 12 months, according to a survey by Simplyhealth
  • The results also showed almost all age groups spend as much time in front of a PC, laptop or tablet screen in total as they do asleep in bed
  • Brian Hammond, CEO of BackCare, warned hunching over handheld devices is a contributory factor in back pain reported by different generations

As the mom of two young men and someone in an older demographic, this study made me wake up and pay attention. Number one, I don’t want my sons prematurely injuring their health due to too much screen time. Secondly — if I’m being honest — my own work-time posture is pretty darn slovenly.

While you’re at work today, pay attention to your posture. Whether or not you’re in front of a computer or working on a device, pay attention to how much time you spend slouching. Does your work environment lend itself to good posture? If not, today’s the day to look at getting a better set up, changing your chair and becoming more conscious about your overall posture. Don’t worry, I’m diagnosing the same homework for myself.

If you need a little help, here are ten great posture improving tips from Spine-Health.com.

A question for you: Do you have bad posture?

Copyright 2013 Lisa M. Hendey


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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