A Quick Trick To Make Your Computing Life Easier

November 7th, 2012


Most of us use computers everyday whether it’s a desktop, laptop, and/or tablet. And we can use all the help we can get. Here's a little trick which will make things a bit easier on the eyes.

You likely spend a lot of time in front of computer screens, whether you’re staring at a tablet, smartphone, or laptop. This can, over the long term, damage your eyes. Thankfully, the Atlantic recently ran a short list of ways to safeguard your eyes when computing.

First, you can decrease the glare on your screens by cleaning them often and by making sure that they are the brightest objects in the area.

Next, sit at least an arm’s length away from your computer. The Atlantic recommends the “high-five” test. If you can’t high-five your computer screen without bending your arm, you’re sitting too close.  And if your screen high-fives you back...well, then we might be talking about a whole 'nother kind of fatigue!

Don’t forget, either, to blink frequently. As the Atlantic story says, computer screens have a way of making people stare for unhealthy periods of time.

Finally, the Atlantic proposes that you take a “20-20-20″ break. After every 20 minutes in front of a screen, take a 20-second break to investigate what is happening 20 feet away from you.