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We all do it because it’s just so convenient. We flex our necks down to look at our phones and read the tiny words on it. Then we type on the little keyboard. While not a major risk factor when done occasionally, it definitely is if you do it a lot. The main risks are to the neck, eyes, and hands. There are several ways to minimize the risks.

1. Use the phone to read, text, and surf the web only when necessary.

2. Flip the phone horizontally so that the letters get bigger.

3. Most smartphones have a feature to make letters on the screen bigger. The most common way to do this is starting with your fingers in a pinched position touching the screen and pulling your fingers apart until the letters are big enough. The letters should be at least as large as the green serial numbers on the front of a dollar bill.

3. Use the speech to text feature when possible rather than typing.

4. Hold the phone high enough so that you don’t have to flex your neck forward to look at it.

5. Go into the phone settings menu and adjust the screen brightness level to about half. Most phones come with a factory brightness setting which is equivalent to looking at a light bulb.

6. When choosing a color scheme, the ones which are easiest on the eyes are a white background with black text or a black background with green text.

7. Use the phone in a position where there is not glare on the screen.

8. When using the smartphone to talk, use the speakerphone option or a headset.

9. When possible, place the phone on a stand rather than holding it. There are many styles of stands designed for different types of phones. This link is an example of a phone stand.





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