Randi Zuckerberg thinks we all need to spend a bit less time with our digital devices. In her new book, Dot Complicated, she notes some scary stats like:
- One recent poll found that a quarter of women would give up sex for a year to keep their tablet;
- 15% of us would give up sex entirely rather than go a weekend without a smartphone; and
- 40% of us would rather go to jail for a night than give up our Facebook account.
Well, now that ‘Mark’s sister’ is saying it—maybe some of us will start to listen.
With smartphones, laptops and tablets becoming ever more portable—see the iPad Air—we are spending more time using them AND we are more likely to be using them while sitting in awkward positions with little thought about the long-term effects it’s having on our bodies, for example:
- What effect is looking down all day having on your neck?
- What effect is holding your phone aloft all day having on your arm/hand?
- What effect is all the added sitting having on your overall health?
Well, we know the answer to that last one, indeed, sitting is the smoking of our generation according to Dr. James Levin, an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic:
“Any extended sitting — such as behind a desk at work or behind the wheel — can be harmful. What’s more, spending a few hours a week at the gym or otherwise engaged in moderate or vigorous activity doesn’t seem to significantly offset the risk. Rather, the solution seems to be less sitting and more moving overall.”
According to the World Health Organisation, at least 2.8 million people die each year as a result of being overweight or obese. Given all of this, do we really need to be spending more time with our devices which only seem to encourage us to sit more?
We need to pay attention to what our bodies are telling us about all this online time. So, let’s all take a lesson from Randi—but not just for the sake of our real-life relationships—let’s do it for our bodies too!