Health Care Trends With a Social Media Twist
Probably. I know I am. For at least 10 hours a day, I am sitting - on the metro, at my desk, at the dinner table.
So imagine my horror to read more bad news about the damage of sitting down. A new study, published this Tuesday in BMJ, found that sitting down for more than three hours a day can cut a person's life expectancy by two years.
This is certainly not the first study to find that sitting down for prolonged periods of time has a direct detrimental effect on our health. Every few months or so, science seems to deliver a new reason to take a stand - sitting is bad for your cardiovascular health, bad for your back, and contributes to our sedentary lifestyle as a society. Pop science can be fickle, but this is a subject everyone seems to agree on.
At first read, it may seem impossible to overcome. How many emails, news stories, Tweets and Facebook posts would we miss if we were only sitting at my desk for 2.75 hours a day? But, in our mobile society, computers don't have to be an anchor. Maybe social media and the tools we use every day can offer solutions to our sitting society. What do you think?