Lost and found mobile phone

Who has not lost their mobile at least once in their life? My sister managed to drop it in the sea during a regatta, for example. As for me, well… I have not lost one yet, but I have forgotten my mobiles more than once – I am referring obviously to the different devices that I have had over the years. I do not know how, but I have always managed to find them back. Luck? Destiny? Whatever. My point here is that we are so obsessed about our phones that they are the first item we ensure we take with us whenever we leave a place, we immediately know if we have forgotten them at home or at the office, or if we have tragically lost them. And this attitude makes mobiles probably the most lost and found objects around the globe (usually found by their very owners as soon as they discover they are not in their pockets). 

Why are we so attached to our phones? I do not think that the simplistic we-are-addicted-to-technology explanation is sufficient. It is much more than that. A whole life is contained in a mobile. Let us think, for instance, of our contacts: I do not remember all numbers in my contacts anymore (I actually only remember those I have known for ages, before the advent of smart phones), which means I will not be able to contact my friends or family if I lose my phone. Some people rely on phones for work, too, what happens to them when they are phoneless? It is not that simple. I believe we care so much for our mobiles because we care for people, for our lives, for our jobs, not for the device itself.

School bags, what to look for

This article is aimed at helping people choosing their (or their children’s) school bags, it will therefore quickly – and hopefully helpfully – summarise a few criteria that shall guide one into buying a new bag. Far from trying to instruct, it is meant only as advice for who is a bit confused, so while I hope to be beneficial, I also thank you for taking your time to read what follows.

Why does the materials school bags are made of count? One could think that a bag is just a bag and so feel that it is not worth spending much time, energy or money in school bags. After all, they are just meant to carry books. Yes, that is true, but why buying something that will break soon? Isn’t that far more time consuming? And anyway, when material is mentioned what really shall be looked at is that your bag is waterproof. Nobody likes to have their stuff soaking wet, especially when it is homework we are talking about. Some kids become also very close to their school bags, as a distinctive part of their growing personalities, and they are not always happy to separate from them even when they begin to fall apart; it is then best if the bag is able to last long.

What other criteria? Another important feature to check in school bags is straps. Straps can be decisive in the comfort of bags, because when they get heavy, it is on our shoulders that we feel that weight. It is really good then if straps are padded, ergonomic and adjustable. One of these elements missing would cause the bag to be uncomfortable after a short while. 

One more thing to consider in school bags is size and weight of the bag when empty. School bags need to be spacious enough as kids have much stuff to carry to school and back home, and it is best if the bag has pockets and compartments so that things can stay separate and in order. However, school bags should not be enormous, but proportioned to the size of the person using them and, most importantly, noticeably light when empty! Why adding useless weight?

Finally, wheels. It is quite common nowadays to see children (especially primary school pupils) carrying their bags by a handle, because their school bags have inbuilt wheels. Children benefit a lot from this wheeled model because they can load them fully, they can carry them easily and their backs are not subject to any stress, so they do not risk developing any back problems in the future. Wheels are certainly a feature to look for when choosing a bag.

Computer chairs

Every office where workers sit at their desks has a bunch of computer chairs – if not a lot of them. We can say that they are common elements of any offices around the globe, same as desks and coffee machines.

Why are computer chairs somehow important? Well, this is a very simple question. Office chairs are designed to be as comfortable as possible because they are meant for people that have to sit long hours, every day, five days a week. Sitting for such long periods of time is not good for our health, naturally. Our bodies are not designed for sedentariness and therefore our muscles don’t work properly, get weaker and we begin to assume a wrong posture. Bad posture is the reason why we end up suffering from backaches, for example; but this is not the only issue: neck, shoulders, even legs suffer. And then there are increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and bad blood circulation. 

Clearly, sedentariness is not good for us. However, not everybody has the opportunity to solve the problem by moving more, because we have to work and, unless our work changes, we will still be sitting eight hours per day. Here jump in the computer chairs! Because they are built with the purpose of helping our body not to start aching, they are excellent tools for those workers who need to sit a lot. Of course, it is still better to stand up and move around every now and then, but computer chairs really make it much easier for many of us to do our jobs properly. 

Where is the catch? It all seems really cool, so… there must be at least one flaw. What could be an issue with computer chairs (it may as well not be a problem at all) is that they cost. Computer chairs, I am talking here about good ones, are pretty expensive, and they must be so: it is impossible to think that to get a chair that comfortable and well built you can spend something like 20 Euros. So, we are talking here about an investment and my advice is, since it is for your health, don’t try to save money. Check the market, gather as much information as possible, try some computer chairs for a couple of days if you can, consider the space where it will be placed, check the brand and the producer and choose based on quality. If you cannot afford it right away, the best thing to do is to wait and save, because it is about health.