Technology and New Postures

I know I said that my blog would be dedicated to how technology has changed the way that we communicate with each other, but I think that this article is too interesting to not post. So not only has technology changed the way that we communicate with each other, but it has even changed the way that we sit!

In the article “9 New Ways to Sit in the Office, Thanks to Smartphones and Tablets” by Megan Garber from The Atlantic, multiple pictures are shown of the postures that people normally take up when they are working with technology. I think when you look through the pictures; you will recognize the vast majority of them. (As I am writing this, I am somewhat in “the take it in” pose.) However, the article goes on to say that these new sitting positions we are now taking up are not good for us. Which, I think anyone that has been in one of these positions for an extended period of time can attest that their back usually hurts afterwards.

It isn’t just bad posture though. It is the chairs that we are sitting in. According to the article,

Aeron Chair in an office.

Aeron Chair in an office. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

chairs are not designed to support us in these positions and that is why we feel the aches and pains. However, we are not destined to sit in misery forever. Companies are now designing chairs that would better support these positions. (You can see some of the designs by following the links in the article.)

I just thought this was an interesting article because I never really considered that tablets and smartphones could change the way that chairs are designed. It is an interesting side effect that I wanted to share with you all.

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/02/9-new-ways-to-sit-in-the-office-thanks-to-smartphones-and-tablets/273467/

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