THE DAILY SCOPE, 1/21/22: Since October of 2019, searches related to back pain caused by sitting at a computer rose a whopping 142 percent according to recently announced results from a study conducted by Harmony Healthcare IT. This trend should come as no surprise as people have spent an exorbitant amount of time in front of their screens since the start of the pandemic. As a result of remote work, remote school, gaming, and TV watching, many Americans’ lives have devolved into an endless cacophony of screens. Moreover, this trend has not transitioned back to pre-pandemic levels since we are still in the midst of the pandemic. The study found that 45 percent of Americans are still operating off of their remote setup.
In order to analyze the effects of this tech-centric lifestyle, Harmony Healthcare IT reviewed Google search volume data to determine the most common tech-related ailments, pains, and stresses. Wrist, hand, and finger pain was found to be the most common physical issue caused by this increased tech lifestyle with 32 percent of the country searching online for a remedy. Lower body pain and eye irritation also accounted for 16 percent of searches each, with neck pain only taking up a surprisingly small 14 percent of searches.
The data also found that online work was not the top cause of these physical ailments; instead, gaming addiction took the top spot followed by Computer Vision Syndrome. The third most popular ailment search was “Nomophobia,” or fear of being without a phone. Interest in gaming skyrocketed among almost every demographic during the pandemic with the streaming platform Twitch seeing an 83 percent year-on-year uptick in viewership since the start of the pandemic. Having issues putting down your phone? Try this easy strategy every morning when you wake up.
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