Smartphone users at risk

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According to a report issued by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, people are putting their health at risk by continuing to work on tablets, smartphones, and laptops once they have left the office.  Calling people ‘screen slaves’ the report states that many people are working while commuting and continuing when they reach home.

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy said that poor posture employed by people when they are using these devices could lead to back and neck problems and that people need to learn to switch off and relax.

The report, which was based on an online survey in which 2,010 office workers took part, found that almost 66 per cent of people who responded said that they continued to work once they had left the office adding up to an extra 2 hours of screen time to their day.

Dr Helena Johnson, chairwoman of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, admitted that the results were a huge concern before adding “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.

“This is especially the case if you’re using hand-held devices and not thinking about your posture. Talk to your employer if you are feeling under pressure.”

Backing up the findings was Brendan Barber, the general secretary of the trades Union Congress, who said, “Excessive work levels are not good for anyone.”

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