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LUMO BodyTech, the makers of the LUMOback smart posture and movement feedback system, has 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 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:
Other key survey findings include:
"Technology is not evil - in fact, it has made all of our lives easier and more enjoyable," said LUMO Co-Founder and psychiatrist Charles Wang, M.D." "But if we continue the trajectory this survey reveals of abusing technology to the detriment of our health, as usage continues to increase, it will become increasingly critical that we use it mindfully. Otherwise, we could be in for a series of pandemic level health crises over the next 20 or 30 years."
"This is why we've published this Guide to Silicon Valley Syndrome," Wang said, "which includes tips for how to set and achieve goals around building health habits for using technology, and for using tech itself to help counteract the problem."
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