Ergonomic Use Of Your Smartphone

Smartphones are wonderful devices. We all use them and we all carry them. More and more people are using their smartphones to do everything these days, too. Sales of desktop computers are declining, even though the cost of these types of machines has come down. Even sales of laptops are decreasing for the first time in years, because people are transitioning to mobile devices. Mobile devices are just that much easier to use. They go everywhere you go, they are small and light, they can use public WiFi so you don’t have to worry about using up all your bandwidth, and they allow you to take all of your favorite entertainment, productivity, fitness, social networking, and porn apps with you wherever you go. The problem with all this convenience, though, is that a lot of people don’t stop to think about the repetitive motion injuries and posture problems they could be experiencing when they use their devices all the time.

So how can you reduce the possibility of incurring an injury or chronic pain from using your smartphone or tablet? What can you do to make your use of your device, and all the great apps it runs, more comfortable for you? There are a few different things.

First, be conscious of how you’re bending your neck when you look at your device. Don’t hold the device low and crane your neck downward to look at it. Over time this will make your neck hurt. Your body is not designed for your neck to be stretched like this every day, with your chin in your chest and your eyes looking down for hours at a time. Our bodies are structured differently. That structure dictates that we keep our heads up and our eyes forward, which is why “good” posture — your back straight, your head held high — is actually physically good for you and promotes better health. The more bent or stopped you are, the worse it is for the curvature of your spine, and over time this can cause real physical problems. Never allow yourself to stay bent over your smartphone.

Neck pains aren’t the only pain you might experience when using your smartphone. You also have to watch out for the dreaded “Blackberry Thumb,” which was so named because the Blackberry was among the first “smart devices” and popularized the use of phones for email and web browsing. The typical smartphone user holds the phone by hooking one finger beneath it for support and using the thumb to navigate. Over time, this forces your thumb into a position it would not normally occupy. It’s a great deal of strain on your thumb joint and can cause you to feel chronic pain. One way to avoid doing this is to make the decision to hold your smartphone in one hand and navigate using the index finger of the other hand. Better yet, especially when it comes to tablets, use a stylus instead of your finger. Not only will this protect your thumb joints, but it will protect your device screen from unnecessary smudges.

A lot of people use their smartphone or tablet before they go to bed at night. We all enjoy unwinding and we all enjoy being able to access our porn apps or other adult app content, our entertainment and movie apps, our gaming apps, or our reading apps when we’re winding down in bed at the end of a long day, right? But there is evidence that being exposed to the light from your smartphone or tablet’s screen can cause you to have a harder time falling asleep, to sleep less soundly, and generally to get less rest. Your brain needs darkness to sleep, perhaps as a genetic throwback to the time when the nights were dark and full of terrors for your caveman ancestors. The more light you introduce, especially by staring at a tablet or smartphone screen, the worse sleep you’ll get. Keep this in mind and try not to use your tablet or smartphone for at least twenty minutes to half an hour before you get ready to go to sleep.

All of us want you to enjoy your mobile device. By following these tips, you can reduce the chances that you’ll hurt yourself, or even get less sleep, when enjoying your mobile lifestyle. Keep these in mind when you download, install, and use’s aps for the best possible experience with your mobile devices.