“Silicon Valley Syndrome”:
Tech’s Toll On Our Bodies – Data Report & Guide
At LUMO, we strongly believe that you can’t improve what you don’t measure. So, if you want to improve your health, you have to measure it and all the things that are impacting it. This is a founding principle behind LUMOback, but it also inspired us to conduct a survey last month of over 2,000 American adults* to learn more about how technology was impacting their health.
And boy, did they have lots to say.
A whopping 60% of survey respondents reported that they are experiencing adverse health symptoms as a result of their use of technology or sitting at a desk. SIXTY PERCENT. We see that as a sign that technology is not just being used, it’s being abused, and on a very large scale.
We call this phenomenon – the physical and mental health impacts of using (or abusing) technology – Silicon Valley Syndrome. The survey also revealed 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 3X as likely as people over 45 to try to resolve their health symptoms by simply reducing the time they spent using their mobile devices, and twice as likely as 35-44 year-olds.
Fortunately, the power of understanding how these health impacts manifest and who is being impacted the most in terms of age, geography and gender is that this data can serve as a springboard to building healthier habits for how we use technology and move our bodies, at work and elsewhere.
To understand the problem and surface the solutions, we’ve created this Guide to Silicon Valley Syndrome. We invite you to download the guide, take a deep dive into the data and start incorporating the tips it contains, including 6 Healthy Habits for Tech Users and Digital Cures for Silicon Valley Syndrome.
We’ve also created an infographic-style briefing on the data, which you can download and repost: Silicon Valley Syndrome Infographic