One of the biggest stories in the news recently involved the problem of children growing an extra bone – or horn – on their necks due to excessive use of mobile phones. The study was widely reported and caused worldwide shock and provided us with a reminder about proper touchscreen safety.
But it turns out that the report may not have been as accurate as most people assumed. These ‘skull horns’ may not have actually been caused by phone use after all, according to Time.
But even if we are not all about to sprout horns because of how we use phones, it is a good reminder about the risks of bad posture when using phones and other touchscreen devices. Here’s some more on how to use your phone better for improved touchscreen safety.
Text neck is a pain in the neck caused by hunching over your phone all day and holding your head forward too much. So how can you prevent this?
One of the best strategies is to hold your phone at eye level. It’s not the most comfortable, but it keeps your head straight. If your arm starts to ache, perhaps that’s a good moment to put the phone down for a bit.
But holding up your phone for extended periods of time can cause strain in your shoulders and neck, so don’t hold it for too long.
When standing, try placing one arm around your waist, lifting your phone with your other hand and resting your elbow on the back of your hand. This takes the strain off, and then you can switch between arms regularly. You can also sit on the floor with your knees up and rest your elbows on your knees.
If you are using your phone for a long time, make sure you take breaks and stretch regularly to take the strain off.
Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is a common touchscreen safety issue. It is most common with computer users who spend all day typing and using the mouse in the same position. It can also occur with excessive mobile phone use.
This can be the case if you spend long periods of time typing with your thumb all day. Try to avoid typing on your phone for too long at once, and consider using your voice to type instead.
Stare at any type of screen for too long and you can end up causing strain to your eyes, especially when you use your phone at night. This can cause headaches and pain in your eyes.
Try to look away every few minutes and focus on something else rather than staring at the screen for hours. And avoid using your phone too much at night. When you do, use the night setting to dim the screen and filter out the blue light.
For Better Touchscreen Safety, Take a Break from Your Phone
Most problems associated with mobile phone use come as a result of using your phone too much and for too long without a break. Perhaps the best advice of all for better touchscreen safety is to simply use it for shorter periods of time. Avoid spending all day on your phone, and you’ll avoid most of the problems that come with it.
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