LUMO BodyTech, the makers of the LUMOback smart posture and movement feedback system, today announced national survey results revealing a widespread phenomenon LUMO calls 'Silicon Valley Syndrome'. The survey revealed that 60% of Americans report having had health problems as a result of their use of technology or sitting at a desk.
The survey explored:
the incidence of such health impacts and which specific physical symptoms respondents are feeling
geographic, gender and age differences in tech- and sitting-caused health problems and
what measures people are taking in an effort to resolve these health impacts from technology usage and desk-sitting.
The study was commissioned by LUMO BodyTech and conducted online by Harris Interactive® in September among 2,019 U.S. adults ages 18 and older.
"At LUMO, our mantra is that you can't improve what you don't measure," said Monisha Perkash, LUMO Co-Founder and CEO. "Because our mission is to improve the health of humanity in this digital era, we think it's critically important for everyone who uses technology gadgets - at home and at work - to understand what this data says about technology and our health and to use this data as a call to action to adopt healthier tech usage habits."
The survey revealed a number of details around how people are experiencing Silicon Valley Syndrome, including the following insights:
Eye strain [36%], back pain [30%] and neck pain [27%] were the leading tech- and sitting-related complaints.
Women (63%) were more likely to say they have experienced health problems related to the overuse of technology than men (56%).
18-34 year-olds were more likely than people over 45 to try to resolve their health symptoms by simply reducing the time they spent using their mobile devices (44% versus 34%), and also more likely than 35-44 year-olds (44% versus 29%).
Other key survey findings include: