I’ve been a freelance writer for over five years now, and it actually scares me a little to think how long I have spent glued to my computer (not literally, of course) during that time. I do know (thanks to the Health option of Defraggler) that in the three years since I bought my current laptop it’s been running for a total of 653 days. So, it’s on around two-thirds of the time. I don’t get out much, in case you were wondering.
When one uses a computer for such extended periods it’s important to consider the set-up. I’ve had various desks and chairs over the years, and now — thanks to my new cheap standing desk from Ikea — use a combination throughout the day to give my body some variety. But what about you? This week’s We Ask You column is all about your computer-using habits.
This Week’s Question…
Do You Sit, Stand, Or Lounge When Using Your Computer?
This is a simple yet very important question. Why? Because with more people using computers for longer periods of time the risk of RSI (repetitive strain injury) or other health complications increases for huge swathes of the population. Hopefully this debate will prompt a few people to look at the way they operate their computer and form new habits to replace the old, bad habits.
Tell us exactly how and where you use your computer. Do you sit bolt upright with perfect posture on a decent chair at a decent desk? Have you made the switch to a standing desk like I recently tried to do? Or do you lounge, either in an armchair, on a sofa, or even in bed? Don’t limit yourself to the three choices of position above. Instead, be honest with yourself and with everybody else.
If you’d like to expand the discussion then possible talking points include: If you use a computer at work are you then loathe to use one at home for any extended period of time? Do you feel your company provides the correct environment for you to be working in? Do you feel we’re in danger of becoming a race of unfit, unhealthy humans which only uses the muscles required to sit at a computer and type?
All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail what You Told Us. One reader will even win Comment Of The Week, which will be included in the follow-up post! What more motivation than that do you need to get involved?
We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. The questions asked are usually open-ended and likely to start a conversation. Some are opinion-based, while others see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to fellow MakeUseOf Readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.
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