Last Sunday, while working on the new site graphics and playing around with the template codes for my first blog revamp, I saw a faint reflection of my frowning stress-torn face on my laptop screen. I was horrified.
What is a “Computer Face”?
I suddenly remembered this magazine feature I read about how people who sit in front of the computer for too long develop the habit of keeping a “Computer Face” even when they’re not in front of the computer anymore. Just like , for example, biting your lip or grinding your teeth, habits don’t start as being habitual right away. Usually, they are involuntarily actions which are nurtured until we get too used to doing them that they become a habit. Now, when we sit in front of the computer for too long, what usually happens? We frown and squint a lot. These are major causes of wrinkles and crows feet, coming at a close tie with sun damage.
Turning into a “Computer Face”
The “Computer Face” always starts as an unconscious expression we get especially when we’re too engrossed with what we are doing on the computer. It could start with a simple frown as we read through a lengthy article or flip through pages and pages of photos, looking for a particular image. Without realizing it, we could be having that frown for 30-minutes straight already, at several intervals during working hours and every day for at least 5 days a week if your work involves sitting in front of the computer most of the time like mine.
Preventing “Computer Face”
Unless you’ve been doing it for too long, preventing the computer face is not so hard. You just need to remind yourself diligently. One trick is to post a little note near your computer screen. It can be a simple post-it that says “Crows Feet!”. Another tip is to place a mirror beside your computer so you can look at yourself every once in a while to see whether you’re doing that “Computer Face”expression. Incidentally, a mirror is also a good companion whenever you’re bored at work–you can do some mirror-whoring (smile, stick your tongue out, do that Jolie pout, etc…) just to entertain yourself when nobody’s looking. Eye drops are also very handy. We squint more when we’re in front of the computer because our eyes become dry. Never underestimate the dire consequences of over-squinting. They come in the form of irreversible wear-and-tear lines under and at corner of the eyes. It would also help if you can do some facial exercises and massage to help relax your facial muscles. I will write about this on a separate post. ^_^
My “Computer Face”
I suffered from “Computer Face” for more than a year without knowing it. Unlike my current job which requires me to be on the computer all the time, my previous job didn’t involve much computer work. And although it was by tons and miles more stressful than my current job, I noticed that it didn’t age my eyes as much as my current job did for the past two years. Well, it could be due to natural aging or a lot of other things but I do believe that my excessive time in front of the computer is definitely partly to blame… and here I am, sitting in front of the computer again. Blogging.
EcoBeauty Q: Do you spend extensive time in front of the computer, too? Do you think it affects the way you look?