Hours spent hunched over your laptop may be useful when it comes to studying, but all that laptop use could lead to long-term health problems. A new report from the UNC School of Medicine has coined the term 'laptop-itis' to describe the poor posture, aches, pains, and discomfort associated with laptop use.
While laptops are convenient, they are not designed with ergonomics in mind. Because the screen and keyboard are within such close proximity, your posture tends to suffer. Either your shoulders and back become hunched, your wrists extended, or your eyes are too far/close to the screen. These can lead to muscle pains, carpal tunnel, or headaches.
If you use a laptop, look into investing in a docking station that allows you to set the screen at an angle that won't cause discomfort to your neck or eyes. Buy a comfortable adjustable chair and practice good posture. Take breaks to stretch and and drink plenty of water to ease muscle and joint pain. Taking these precautions will help to reduce the symptoms of laptop-itis before it mega-hertz!