Whilst It's certainly true that laptops have evolved in speed and design ( they seem to get smaller every year), one thing has remained the same over the years - the viewing angle.
The term “text neck” was coined by a US chiropractor named Dr. DL Fishman in 2018. He used the term to describe repetitive strain injuries in the neck area that have become more commonplace with the ubiquity of certain modern technology such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops. Despite young adults being most at risk of text neck, recent surveys show only 21% have knowledge of “text neck” and ways to prevent it.
If you've ever used a laptop for an extended period of time (silly question, sorry) then chances are you've experienced some stiffness in the neck, or back pain.
Why? Whilst your laptop might look pretty, is lightweight and has an amazing processor - the keyboard and screen almost always result in you working in a hunched position with your spinal column bent over as you type and look at the screen.
There are a host of studies that have looked further into the stress that is placed on the neck in the forward bending position. Shocking that at just a 15 degree bend, the weight of our head that the neck has to support doubles and at 30 degrees (yes - you guessed it, that would be the normal angle when gazing at our screens) the weight our neck has to support is four times (yes 4x) the upright position.
While anyone could be susceptible to developing acute or even chronic neck pain, according to different studies, the following professions are most at risk of developing the syndrome due to the nature of their work that puts undue stress on the neck. They are:
- Office workers, especially those who engage in heavy computer use.
- Manual laborers
- Healthcare workers
In office workers, the 12 months prevalence of neck pain is at a shocking 45.5%, which speaks to the poor posture and ergonomic setups of most office space. Some important ergonomic considerations to prevent neck pain include proper monitor height set up, picking a good ergonomic chair, and frequent exercise between work sessions.
But it's not all doom and gloom. As you'd expect where there is a problem a solution is not far behind.
The answer? Elevate your laptop.
The clever folk at Daily Objects have introduced a couple of laptop stands designed to improve posture by adjusting the viewing angle to straighten the back and reduce the pressure on our neck.
Both options from Daily Objects (below) raise both the keyboard and screen to an angle that allows you to keep your back straight.
Not only does a laptop stand improve your performance (healthy body/healthy mind) a laptop stand improves the performance of your laptop and prevents overheating.
As laptops get smaller, component parts get closer and closer together increasing the chances of overheating by reducing the flow of air. A laptop that overheats will slow down, sometimes even struggling to perform the most basic tasks.
One of the not so obvious benefits of a laptop stand is that lifting the laptop improves the flow of area around your machine reducing the likelihood of your machine overheating (and slowing down).
AROS is a portable stand for your laptop that folds flat for easy transportation. Solid aluminum build for strong & reliable support. 3 adjustable angles to give you the ideal writing/drawing angle. Anti-slip and scratch protection silicone pad. A clever hollow base provides optimal air circulation to keep your device cool no matter how hard you're working. Stand weight: 480g. Compatible with all laptops and tablets up to 16 inches.
Click HERE to find out more about AROS
OSGO is a portable stand for your laptop that attaches (3M) to the rear of your MacBook (or other laptop). Constructed from Aluminium with handy rubberised feet that protect your tabletop/surface from damage and prevent slipping. When the feet are extended Osgo provides the user with the optimal viewing angle. When the feet are closed Osgo takes up very little room and your laptop can comfortably be packed into a slim slip cover.
Click HERE to find out more about OSGO