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Spot the problem: Technology the root cause of health ailments in Gen Z

37% of the generation spends more than five hours a day watching smart TVs.

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Last Updated: Feb 28, 2020, 01.11 PM IST
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According to a research, 38% of Gen Z uses laptops for more than 6-8 hours a day.
BENGALURU: Seven in 10 Gen Z respondents spend more than six to eight hours on their smartphones, shows a new survey titled ‘Growing Pain Issues in Gen Z Workforce’.

According to the research paper released by furniture brand Godrej Interio, 38% of them use laptops for more than 6-8 hours a day, suggesting that much of the daytime of Gen-Z is spent on gadgets. The survey also revealed that 37% of the generation spends more than five hours a day watching Smart-TVs connected to the Internet for entertainment.

The study reveals that due to excessive use of gadgets, incorrect postures adopted while using these gadgets, and improper design of learning spaces used for studying or project work, many Gen-Zers are prone to suffering from multiple pain issues. The most prevalent physical disorders include postural defects and pain including neck pain, lower back pain, and headache.

“Technology is a defining trait of Gen-Z. They rely on it constantly to learn and grow creatively. While smartphones and the internet have revolutionised and enriched our lives, on the flipside our over-dependence on them has taken a toll on the health. The repercussions of the misuse of technology can be clearly seen in the lives of the students surveyed,” Anil Mathur, chief operating officer, Godrej Interio, told ET.

Long hours spent in the classroom without appropriate infrastructure adds to the physical and psychological problems of Gen-Z members. Prolonged gadget usage throughout the day can also propagate reduced self-esteem and self-confidence among students.

Considering the daily routine of the Gen Z and the time they spend on gadgets, the furniture provided to them plays a key role in their physical health. Improper furniture, lack of adjustability features in the given furniture, and inactivity among students are the main factors that contribute to pain and discomfort among them. This issue can be solved by replacing old furniture with ergonomic furniture and flexible classroom layouts.

The survey was conducted among 10,000 Gen-Z college-going students covering 18 states in India.

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