Reliance on technology has resulted in discomfort and pain for many office workers today, a study has found.
The Global Posture study conducted by office furniture maker Steelcase across 11 countries has shown that technology affects the way people move their bodies in the workplace.
Nine new postures have developed from extensive use of technology. These new postures are not supported by current office chairs, often resulting in pain and long-term injuries for many.
Inadequate posture also disrupts concentration and creativity, affecting the productivity of workers, the study found.
"We love our technology - it's become a ubiquitous extension of ourselves," said James Ludwig, vice president of global design for Steelcase, adding that the way technology impacts our bodies at work is an issue which has been largely ignored.
Ludwig also said: "Tablets were introduced just three years ago. But many people are using chairs that were designed well before these new devices became pervasive at work.
"Back then, chairs were created to help people hold one pose in front of a computer all day. Now we know that people need to move and change positions regularly, especially as they engage with new technologies," he added.
Based on this research, Steelcase designed the Gesture chair, a new work chair with three key interfaces - the core interface, upper limb interface and the seat interface - to support new postures shaped by new technology and more casual behaviors in the workplace.
According to the company, the Gesture allows its user to draw closer to a work surface without hunching. It also supports texting postures with an interface which hugs the lower back when the user is sitting in recline.