In recent years, digitization has found its way into many areas of our lives. Even jobs in which the computer has hardly played a role so far, are now hardly without. Longer activities in front of the screen are a special burden for our body. Various studies prove the different effects on our organism.
Not only in professional life, but also in the private sector, digitization is increasingly affecting our everyday lives. Especially the digital media and networked applications change many of our habits. How this will affect our health in the long term has hardly been researched so far.
Typical “office illnesses” are nothing new. As in any other occupational field, one-sided stress and special stress can also cause health problems. Digitization will increase VDU (Visual Display Unit) work even more in the future. At the same time our body faces great challenges.
Most of the time is spent in front of one or more screens in many activities. The screen work is usually carried out while sitting. Even if our body does not seem to be challenged, prolonged static or false posture and lack of exercise can negatively impact our health. Back pain, tension, disc problems or circulatory disorders are the consequences of this activity. In addition, workplaces are not always designed and set up ergonomically.
It is also problematic that prolonged sitting and a longer static posture have a negative effect on the circulation of the entire organism. Once again the spine is particularly affected. Not only on the spine, back, neck and shoulders have many sitting negative effects. Digestion can also be stopped by lack of exercise. Static posture automatically reduces energy expenditure. Along with malnutrition, more discomfort and disease can result. Overweight and high blood pressure due to lack of exercise are also associated with a rising Alzheimer’s risk.
It is not enough just to have an ergonomic workplace available; everyone can contribute to the healthier work on the monitor with his own behavior. There are many ways to do more while working at the computer:
Above all, we can help ourselves to stay healthy by dealing with everyday life in computer work. However, ergonomic workplaces are a necessary prerequisite for this. In order to prevent psychological impairment, it is important to establish a suitable balance between digital employment and recreation and exercise.