The Digital Age has been a big change for all of us. We have become more and more dependent on our computers and mobile devices. Nowadays, we can’t imagine life without them. But along with that comes the risk of digital injuries, which are common in this area because of the way we use our hands to interact with technology. Here, are some ways to lower the risks and promote better ergonomics in an active digital age.
Why does ergonomics matter?
Ergonomic health and safety measures help you perform to your best potential. If you’re working hard and wearing the wrong equipment, you’ll hurt your muscles and your body in the process.
When your back aches, you might become distracted and lose your productivity. When you hurt yourself on your laptop, it may cost you money to get a replacement. Just like that, your quality of life will be affected.
The most important thing is to keep your body in the best possible shape.
Physical impairments – For example, when using your mouse on your computer, your arms are restricted because the keyboard is too far from your arm. What’s more, your shoulders and wrists are no longer the main target because of the computer’s size. These same problems can also affect you when typing with a touchpad.
Ergonomics and the future
By reducing the risk of digital injuries, we want to make sure that people don’t suffer serious injuries, or even become disabled.
How can we prevent this? We have to change the way we think. Our attitude to our computers and mobile devices needs to adapt, and so does the way we use them. It’s time to change our view.
What we know from the medical point of view is that use of a computer can be good for a healthy lifestyle. By doing so, people can lose weight, improve their health, and better their relationships with their family and colleagues.
This is also due to the fact that information technology doesn’t interfere with your daily life: for example, people who work as a web developer or customer service representatives can meet up with colleagues during their working day.
Ergonomics in the digital age
Before moving to the digital age, the overall human posture and the way we used our body was fixed. The person sat at a desk, looking down at the keyboard. The system could predict what the user wanted to do and provided the right tool.
Then, users realized they could use the mouse to select actions from menus or select shortcuts. So the environment of the computer shifted to the touchscreen.
With the use of touchscreen technology, the hands moved from a passive, stable position, with a straight back, to a dynamic, flapping position.
This causes repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) and tendinitis. As long as there were these hand-gripping patterns, traditional methods of ergonomics didn’t stand a chance to continue working effectively.
As digital technology has continued to change, so have the ways it can be used. In the future, we will probably rely on sensors in our body for information.