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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Which would YOU give up? TV, Cell, or Web?????

In a fun global survey by Reader's Digest, participants were asked one question:

Which would you give up - your TV, your Cell, or your Web?

The results were revealing.  TV was the clear loser with 11 of 15 countries voting to Turn Off the Tube.  3 countries voted to Give Up Their Cell Phone, and only 1 country (Brazil) chose to Unplug the Internet.

Cost probably drove some of the choices.  In Brazil, the cost of Internet access is rather high, and in Canada, cell phone plans are expensive.    Younger reponders were more likely to vote to give up TV, citing that the Internet keeps them in touch with family and friends.

How would you answer?

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Avoiding Technology Ailments

Health Magazine published a helpful article on how to avoid ailments from over-using technology gadgets.

Blackberry Thumb - too much thumb-typing can lead to pain or numbness.
To prevent: several times per day, open your hands very wide spreading your fingers and then make a fist.

Laptop Back - leaning over a laptop puts pressue on the upper and lower spine which can cause pain and tension in your upper back, shoulders and neck.
To prevent: get up and move every 20 minutes. Keep your legs uncrossed, and form a tripod with the chair while seated to maintain better balance.

Shoulder Phone Crunch - bending your head to hold your phone between head and shoulder can cause pain in your neck and back.
To prevent: use a speaker or headset.

These suggestions seem like good common sense. When we "work all the time", a reminder is sometimes helpful to keep us healthy.

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